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    Default PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    I do not know if these 2 guitars have been compared on here before or not, so apologies if they have.
    I'm at a point where I am really wanting to get into a great piece, for under $1000.00 budget that will really compliment and round out what I currently have. So . . . here is what I have . . . A Fender 6 string Acoustic/Electric, an RWG Les Paul set up with D'Addario .10's, and a Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz Combo, a Mitchel MD400 with D'Addario .10's and a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gate in the bridge and Duckbucker in the neck, and I have an HLK Tele with D'Addario .11's and a Seymour Duncan 1/4 Pound in the bridge and SD Tele pickup in the neck.

    I have looked at A LOT of guitars, really . . . Ibanez, Fender, PRS, Michael Kelly, and Charvel and I have kind of settled into either the HSH Fender or the PRS 24 as the best 2 options for what I want.

    I have listened to them both, Tom Quayle has reviewed both on Dawsons, but not side-by-side and I LOVE how they both sound, truly awesome guitars. I myself have not physically played either of them at this point, although I have held both of them at some point over the last 6 months, and I am impressed by both.

    I am looking for some personal reviews, experiences with either and both of them, get some other players thoughts, opinions and as all of this "Virus Mess" hopefully slows down and I can actually get into a music store and check them out.
    How does the neck feel, how are the pickups (good tones, etc.), stays in tune, great look and feel, knobs and switches feel solid.
    Thanks in advance for your messages!

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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    Edit: my bad those two you're looking at are close in scale length
    I was thinking the Prs had shorter scale but it's 25 vs 25.5
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    The strat will give you more tonal variety with the hsh setup but fender seem to have a brighter fender tonality they try to keep when doing humbuckers so as to keep things sounding still stratty and fendery if you like that kind of thing then get the fender. The most unique tones on it will come from the 2 and 4 positions combination of the middle single and one humbucker and you may like those sounds, they're generally different from the kind of middle position you get from combining two humbucker that are spaced further apart

    If you like the middle position on your Les Paul type you will probably like the Prs guitar just fine
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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    seems like the MD400 should scratch that super strat itch
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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    Thanks, and Yes, scale length are VERY close, but thanks for thinking of that. I do like the Fender Single Coil Squack, but not 100% sold I can have both the throaty growl of the Hummers and the Squack from singles in the same piece. You are right, seems like 2 and 4 give the best Single coil sounds, and the bridge is definitely more throaty than the neck hummer.

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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    Yes, it sort of does, my Mitchel is definitely a Super Strat, but set up more as a Blues Machine (Which is perfect, because I LOVE the Blues).
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    I was very impressed with how well the Coil Tap really thinned out and Tinned Up those Hummers on the PRS. I found a New Saphire SE 24 out of a company in Chicago for a killer price, but that trad looking quilted maple cap is beyond beautiful as well . . . hmmm . . . well . . . . lets hope I can get into a shop soon and try them both out through an amp and see how they play, feel, sound to me . . .

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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    seems like the necks would be vastly different
    with the PRS much wider than the Fender
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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    Of that, I do not know or remember, as when I held both it wasn't in the same shop or at the same time. When I DO sit down and play them, I'll have a better idea of that.

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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    order both on a 45 day return plan
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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    Interesting thought, I had not even thought of that. Will music stores let you do that? Hmmm . . .
    There is one of my favorite stores here locally that carries both PRS and Fender (LOTS 0f Fender) guitars . . . I'm sure I can try them both out side by side there!

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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    most of the online retailers have a trail period
    but if you can try em out in store
    great

    if not maybe they will let you mull it over at home

    when I was shopping for a new bass I did this

    I took an SR250 and an SR300 home
    the 250 was gorgeous but 300 had better feel and set up

    ended up taking both back and buying an SR500
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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    Hahaha . . . go big or go home, eh? That's awesome! The shop I'm looking at may actually already be open, so I need to give them a call and see what they have in stock and see if I can swing by, maybe next week sometime and take a look, play a couple pieces and see what really feels good in my hands.

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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    I'd say the PRS would give you something different. HSH Strat is going to be pretty similar to the Mitchell.
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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    I'm leaning towards the PRS as well, I would LOVE to have a Fender Strat, but I really fell in love with how well the coil tap on the PRS gives me that single coil sound and then I can easily switch back to the meatier humbuckers on the fly.
    ONLY concern now is the feel in my hands, is that neck going to be too wide/thick, IDK . . . gotta try it out.

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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    that wide neck was something I just couldn't get on with
    I suppose you get used to it
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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    The biggest difference to me is the location of the neck pickup. To me, it never sounds 'right' to me...you don't get that throaty, buttery thing in a 24 fret guitar. You may never have noticed or don't care, but that would absolutely discount the PRS for me.
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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    Hey, guy, thanks a TON for all the replies and great advice, I really appreciate it. So, not really trying to muddy the waters here, but check this out . . . I talked to a local shop, here, one of my favs, great selection, excellent service. They DO NOT have either of the Fender HSH OR the PRS SE 24, but . . . . they have a few Strat HSS's, AND they have a beautiful 2008 PRS Custom 22 Semi-Hollow body with double hummers in it. They are not open just yet, but . . . they gentleman I spoke with said the Custom 22 is both a gorgeous piece, it sounds Amazing, and it's definitely priced to sell. He does not think it has a coil tap for the pick-ups, but how hard would that be to add if I am able to get my hands on it for the price he quoted me??

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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    push pull pots should be less than $20
    slightly more if you pay someone

    on the other hand
    even if you dont want any of the guitars in stock

    you will be able to get a good impression of how they hang
    and the way the necks feel

    PRS has like five neck shapes

    the Fenders should be pretty standard
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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    You mean coil split, which is different than tapping. That is easy to add, and if that Custom 22 is a color you like and ergonomically works for you, that would be an amazing snag at a great price.
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    Default Re: PRS SE 24 Custom vs Fender Player Deluxe HSH

    Cool, thanks, yes, that is what I was thinking. There is a guy here close who is an actual NAMM Certified Luthier, does some pretty amazing work, has a TON of connections, etc., etc., but the best part is he is not expensive, he did some work on my Tele and had it done in a few hours for $20.00!!!
    Yes, I mean coil split, meaning I can split either of the hummers, or both, with a 3 way switch and have single coils. I was quite impressed when I listened to that SE 24 with the coil split feature, I could really hear the single coil strat sound coming out of the PRS and then likity split (haha, pun intended), "click" and he has the crunchy growling humbuckers again.
    IF I can get that same crunchy growl out of the bridge pickup on an HSS Strat, with the "Oh so popular position 4" then . . . well, there I am. It may then absolutely come down to feel, and play-ability, aesthetics, and ultimately the cost. Anything under $1000.00 and I am obviously NOT getting an American Made for either, but I'm not hung up on that as long as it really feels and plays well.

    IF . . . I can get into that Custom 22 for the price he quoted me, and I love how it feels, plays, AND I can add a coil tap for a really good price, I believe I will have a guitar that is really something to play, love, feel, etc.
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