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    Arrived yesterday, and I'm in love

    First PRS ever, and I have to say the fit and finish is as everyone says it is. I mainly play US Fenders and Gibby's, but the QA is quite a step up. I'm still getting used to the 24 frets (model is a CE24 semi hollow) and the pickups are quite good, to the point I'm not considering swapping them out for Duncans. Happy days
    'Without music life would be a mistake'.

    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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    PRS makes some beautiful guitars. How does she sound unplugged? Does the F-hole contribute much?

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    • #3
      Four aces, man.
      aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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      • #4
        Gorgeous!!! Congrats!!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ArtieToo View Post
          PRS makes some beautiful guitars. How does she sound unplugged? Does the F-hole contribute much?
          Acoustically she's pretty resonant; I have a couple of solid bodies that are just as loud unplugged, but there's a slight overtone (right at the end of the note) that I only get on my Hamer USA semi-holow and this PRS. I think I notice it more plugged in - the combination of the 25" scale and 24 frets certainly gives it a different flavor. More note definition, less lower mids/bass.
          'Without music life would be a mistake'.

          Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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          • #6
            Thats a really nice instrument. A coworker of mine just went through the year long process of getting a custom shop PRS made for him. It was his retirement present to himself.

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            • #7
              Gorgeous guitar!

              I've liked PRS guitars right from the get go.

              I think of them as the next step in the evolution of Les Pauls. Always reminded me of a double cutaway Les Paul Jr. with a flamed maple top like a '59 Les Paul.

              Is yours a bolt on neck?

              Is it hollow only on the side with the F hole?

              How's it sound? Seems you like the pickups.

              PRS has really improved their pickup designs, IMO, since the Dragon and Dragon II days.

              Are yours vintage style or hotter?
              “Practice cures most tone issues” - John Suhr

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lewguitar View Post
                Gorgeous guitar!

                I've liked PRS guitars right from the get go.

                I think of them as the next step in the evolution of Les Pauls. Always reminded me of a double cutaway Les Paul Jr. with a flamed maple top like a '59 Les Paul.

                Is yours a bolt on neck?

                Is it hollow only on the side with the F hole?

                How's it sound? Seems you like the pickups.

                PRS has really improved their pickup designs, IMO, since the Dragon and Dragon II days.

                Are yours vintage style or hotter?
                Yeah, I get that evolution feeling too. It's definitely more on the LP side than a stratocaster, but I was ABing my Gibby back and forth and its definitely more on the 'airy' side, less lower mid / bass chunk if you will. The CEs are bolt-ons, and the neck is satin, which are both my preferences. It only has the f-hole on one side.

                It sounds great, but I'm still honeymooning! The infinite tinkerer in me does have a couple of questions tho. I'm still getting used to it, but I can say:

                - Slightly hotter than vintage. The bridge is like a slightly thicker Custom 5. Neck like a 59, with a tiny less fluff on the bass
                - Switching between them I don't get the feeling sometimes that I'm switching between 2 different pickups. It's almost like I'm turning down the tone knob when I go to the neck
                - The splits are great; very usable! Prob the best I've ever encountered stock

                If I had one critique it would be either making the bridge less thick/more articulate, and the neck a tiny bit chimier. But I will say, I've never liked humbuckers through my Fender Princeton (I know, heresay) but this has been one of the better experiences so far!
                'Without music life would be a mistake'.

                Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Seraphial View Post
                  Yeah, I get that evolution feeling too. It's definitely more on the LP side than a stratocaster, but I was ABing my Gibby back and forth and its definitely more on the 'airy' side, less lower mid / bass chunk if you will. The CEs are bolt-ons, and the neck is satin, which are both my preferences. It only has the f-hole on one side.

                  It sounds great, but I'm still honeymooning! The infinite tinkerer in me does have a couple of questions tho. I'm still getting used to it, but I can say:

                  - Slightly hotter than vintage. The bridge is like a slightly thicker Custom 5. Neck like a 59, with a tiny less fluff on the bass
                  - Switching between them I don't get the feeling sometimes that I'm switching between 2 different pickups. It's almost like I'm turning down the tone knob when I go to the neck
                  - The splits are great; very usable! Prob the best I've ever encountered stock

                  If I had one critique it would be either making the bridge less thick/more articulate, and the neck a tiny bit chimier. But I will say, I've never liked humbuckers through my Fender Princeton (I know, heresay) but this has been one of the better experiences so far!
                  Princeton Reverbs can get a little muddy with humbuckers. I put a Celestion 12" speaker in mine. Had to get a new speaker baffle but I kept the old one of course.

                  Truthfully, the overly hot bridge pickup in the Dragon and Dragon II pickups in my own now 20 year old PRS Custom 22's was the reason I swapped them for Duncan Antiquitys.

                  But your issues might be more with your amp than your pickups. I dunno!

                  “Practice cures most tone issues” - John Suhr

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                  • #10
                    Congrats on a beautiful guitar! I'd love to get a 22 fret model someday.
                    Administrator of the SDUGF

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                    • #11
                      Played a few of those they are very nice guitars. Congrats.
                      Guitars
                      Kiesel DC 135, Carvin AE 185, DC 400, DC 127 KOA, DC 127 Quilt Purple, X220C, PRS Custom 24, Washburn USA MG 122 proto , MG 102, MG 120.
                      Amps PRS Archon 50 head, MT 15, Mesa Subway Rocket, DC-5, Carvin X50B Hot Rod Mod head, Zinky 25watt Blue Velvet combo.

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                      • #12
                        Is the neck straight with the body, or is it angled back? Can never tell from pics.

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                        • #13
                          Gorgeous! Congrats!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Top-L View Post
                            Is the neck straight with the body, or is it angled back? Can never tell from pics.
                            Angled back, but not too drastic like an LP.
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                            'Without music life would be a mistake'.

                            Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Seraphial View Post

                              Angled back, but not too drastic like an LP.
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                              I think he means in relation to the body, not the angle of the headstock...??

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