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Malcolm
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Jul 12th, 2018 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Those of you that have/have had a PRS scale were they more conductive to in-tune playing and intonation?.
I'm curious about the pickups. Are they anygood? Need replacing?
Talk amongst yourselves(out loud)and let me know the scoop.

Edit to add: Do I want 22 or 24 frets? 22 would be hard enoughLOL

AND spelling

(This message was last edited by Malcolm at 01:36 PM, Jul 12th, 2018)

Peegoo
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Jul 12th, 2018 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a few and they are wonderful guitars. They're not necessarily better than a fine Gibson, Fender or other brand guitar; they are their own thing.

The pickups are very good; no need to change them, even in the SE import (G&B pickups) line.

The scale is between a Fender and Gibson scale. I don't think it makes for better intonation, but it is very comfy to play. They also offer standard (thin) and bigger (wide/fat) neck profiles.

The components and workmanship are fantastic across the range of models, and customer service is second to none.

Many geezers like us have a hard time warming up to PRS guitars because our guitar heroes from our yoot didn't play 'em.

But don't let that stop you. On average, any PRS can go from the wall in a guitar shop straight to a gig and it will play and sound great. The quality and consistency of workmanship straight out the door from the factory is much better than Gibson and Fender, even on their best days.

I have some very nice ones

that I drag to jams because they are wonderful guitars.

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Jul 12th, 2018 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had a 10 top 24 for a while. The fact I no longer own it says it all. Nice axe, just not my thing.

Peegoo
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Jul 12th, 2018 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer 22 frets because an additional two frets bumps the neck pickup out of the sweet spot toward the bridge. It does make a difference to my ear.

Hammond101
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Jul 12th, 2018 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I hear that Geno. I could never get it creamy like my LPs on the neck PU.

I can't knock the guitars, just me.

Peegoo
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Jul 12th, 2018 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, there was a time when I played a bunch of PRSs back in the 80s when they were made in downtown Annapolis, and I just couldn't warm up to 'em. I wanted to like 'em, but nope. They seemed... flavorless to me.

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Jul 12th, 2018 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've owned four...now have two (Custom 22 and a 305). I agree with Peegoo. They are very fine guitars, but like all products they suffer from love/hate among the players. I always enjoy playing mine and on the practical side they do seem to stay in tune. I would not say the tone is better its just different and pleasing to my old ears. I have never owned a 24 because I'm sort of stuck in that 22 mentality. My advice is to play a few and see if they are comfortable and sound right to you. BTW one of the PRS I once owned was a McCarty which I really liked, but needed to move to make room for new stuff....

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Jul 12th, 2018 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I recently purchased a 2017 SE 22 Custom. Great guitar. I had a post similar to yours and got great feedback from Peegoo and others. I drank the delicious kool-aid and now I have "bird" flu. The only Fender I have left is an AVRI Jazzmaster and it's going up on Reverb to fund a Core CU 22.

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Jul 12th, 2018 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a PRS McCarty and it's completely stock. The PRS pickups are very nice.

I played my McCarty the past few days and should play it more. It's one of the best made guitars I own.

Mick Reid
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Jul 12th, 2018 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

To echo what Peegoo & Woody have said, I had a PRS SE Singlecut that I bought second hand.

However like Hammond, it was a very nice instrument but I ultimately decided it wasn't for me. Could not fault the guitar though.

It was mainly the neck profile that swayed me from keeping it. It was just a bit too beefy for my liking (it was a Wide Fat).

I was amazed how excellent the intonation was being just a stoptail bridge. And the string action could be adjusted stupid low without buzzing. Way lower than I would ever set it for my playing.

Despite PRS not being "my thing" I'd still endorse them as a fine instrument.



If that doesn't boost PRS sales this quarter, nothing will ;^)


Charente
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Jul 13th, 2018 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

The first time I tried a PRS was an SE Custom and I immediately liked the hybrid 25" scale length.

I have a 2006 CE22 Mahogany and a 2010 305. As others have said you can't fault the build and playability. I like the CE's wide fat neck but the 305's 'pattern' is even more comfortable.

Where PRS seem to have progressed most is with the pickups. My CE22 has Dragon2 humbuckers which are apparently lower output and less middly than the previous Dragon 1's - yet they're still not exactly PAF's.

It seems in recent years PRS has been chasing that PAF vibe with some success if the reviews are to be believed. So I'd recommend a later PRS if tone is the priority.

chronicinsomnia
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Jul 13th, 2018 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have 2 custom 24 SE's lefty and I'm still in the honeymoon phase however I currently own a plethora of guitars. These play unbelievably well. The pickups are great not good absolutely great. I have barely touched any of my other guitars since I got these.

Perfect intonation which I am very picky about. Also super comfortable and easy to play.

PeAcE

Leftee
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Jul 13th, 2018 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

What colors do you have?

I’ve resisted one so far. I’m not real keen on 24 fretters. Not saying it won’t happen if the right deal finds me.

chronicinsomnia
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Jul 19th, 2018 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I got the Trampas Green and Fire Burst Red.

BrentD
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Jul 22nd, 2018 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

I really like the Dragon pickups.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

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Jul 22nd, 2018 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have an Orange SE Singlecut and it is a very nice guitar. Intonation is almost perfect even with the wrap around bridge. The guitar resonates incredibly, sustain is fantastic. The only thing I don't like about it are the pickups. They are to thin and just don't have that midrange growl I can get from all my other HB guitars. So changing them is what I'm going to do soon. Looking at DiMarzio Anniversary PAFs.

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Jul 24th, 2018 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a PRS SE Soapbar II which I use as a slide guitar. It sounds great, the wraparound bridge gives very good intonation and it stays in tune really well. All I've changed is the stock speed knobs for top hats, they just seem to suit the style better. I also have a US made PRS Mira Korina. It's a sort of Les Paul Junior double cut/two humbucker thing without being a copy in any way. This is the original 2008 Mira design, with coil-tapped pickups. The single coil option sounds very Strat-like and you don't lose too much volume switching the tap switch on and off. As with the SE, it sounds great, the intonation is accurate and it stays in tune for ever. I'm surprised the early Miras weren't more popular, thought I know some folk didn't like the departure from the more usual PRS designs, especially the scratchplate with the controls mounted on it. All in all, I've kept both my PRS guitars longer than most others I've had, but I still go to a Tele first.

Peegoo
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Jul 24th, 2018 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

PRS has rolled the dice on some radical designs over the past 10 years or so. The Mira and Starla appeared to harken back to earlier design influences.

The recent Vela model is super sleek and modern, but it contains a nod to old school with their version of the DeArmond 2000 pickup in the neck position. A pal of mine has one in seafoam green, and it is a super versatile guitar.

Here's a pic of three PRS's from my Wall of Doom.

El trío de mis guitarras PRS

BF66Prince

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Jul 24th, 2018 06:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got an old '88 PRS Goldtop "Special".

It has a late 80's wide and very thin fast neck.

The pickups are ok on this guitar,but nothing special.

My other PRS is an '09 DGT 10-Top and this guitar is an amazing sounding and playing guitar.

I really like the Grissom pickups in this guitar, and it's going to be one of my keepers.

Peegoo
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Jul 24th, 2018 10:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I know more than a few players that own the DGT model. It's a great, basic guitar with lots of usable tones.

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