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Unread 05-04-2012, 12:55 PM   #601
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Wow, thanks for the quick responses guys. I'm definitely leaning towards the PRS, but I have to try out a few of them before I really make my mind up. One thing I'm still trying to figure out is the whole pattern normal/pattern thin neck thing. Can anyone shed some light on the differences between the two and which is more desirable (if one is preferable over the other for whatever reason)?
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Unread 05-05-2012, 01:49 AM   #602
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Wow, thanks for the quick responses guys. I'm definitely leaning towards the PRS, but I have to try out a few of them before I really make my mind up. One thing I'm still trying to figure out is the whole pattern normal/pattern thin neck thing. Can anyone shed some light on the differences between the two and which is more desirable (if one is preferable over the other for whatever reason)?
Pattern Thin is the current take on the previous "Wide Thin" neck, which is the thinner neck carve that PRS offers. Pattern regular is a little broader at the shoulders. Essentially if you like thin necks you'd go with the Pattern Thin, and if you like a slightly chunkier neck you'd go for Pattern Regular.

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PATTERN NECK SHAPES

Neck shapes have always been a high priority for PRS and a hallmark of our quality. A guitar should feel comfortable, like "home," as soon as you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. These new neck shapes reflect modern tooling and programming that allows us to even more preciously shape and consistently reproduce our necks.

Perfected after years of prototyping, the new "Pattern" neck is an updated Wide Fat PRS neck style based on Paul’s pre-factory design. These necks were found on the instruments built for Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton and Howard Leese from the late 70’s to the mid 80’s.

The new "Pattern Regular" neck shape is similar to the traditional PRS regular neck found on guitars made in the late 80’s at PRS’s former Virginia Avenue location.

The "Pattern Thin" neck is an updated version of PRS’s traditional Wide Thin neck.

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Unread 05-05-2012, 02:46 AM   #603
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Big PRS guy here...though I've had some affairs with other guitar brands over the years, the ones that always stay the same are my few PRSi.

I've always been a HUGE fan of Emil Werstler's Charcoal Cherry Burst...when Mike got his CU22 refinished in the color, I was sooo happy to see PRS was able to do it again.

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The coolest thing...the binding is stained charcoal...such a unique touch!







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My friend has a PRS 513. Trans black, gold hardware. Beautiful guitar, but honestly it was nowhere near my expectations for a 3k guitar. It was good but had no 'Wow!' factor. I really much preferred his puzzle top Ibanez RG. PRS definitely has some of the nicest finishes. Whenever I see the whale blue, it just makes me melt. I would much rather just look at it than play it.
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513's get a mixed review from people but I would love one. I believe they are not that "hot" but that wouldn't be a deal beaker for mr. The pickups look cool as a bonus

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Bump for PRS love. That Tremonti model up above is so awesome!


And some fade finish porn...I absolutely love PRS's fade finishes.

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Got my 2005 solid Rosewood necked Cu24 Artist Pack with BKP Cold Sweats...


Pimped PRS by hairychris444, on Flickr

Seriously cool guitar, I'd love to refin (in black/white) at PTC but from the UK the pricing & shipping is a GIT.

Got an '87 Standard too, although if I need to rearrange my collection it'll be the first one out of the door. I'd hate to see it go as it sings like a bastard and the original pickups + 5 way + sweet switch give some interesting tones.


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Those are some beauties. Particularly that Cu24..I wouldn't mind having either, though.
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This is still one of my favorite guitars!
















Neck is like a chocolate bar (and still smells great too! ), sustain is amazing, Dragon I's sound absolutely fantastic! One of my favorites!

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This is still one of my favorite guitars!

Neck is like a chocolate bar (and still smells great too! ), sustain is amazing, Dragon I's sound absolutely fantastic! One of my favorites!
Good now don't sell it again unless it's to me :P
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I've always thought of PRS as a brand for old failed musicians in their twilight years. That might not be the case but it's what definitely comes to mind. PRS along with Parker, Gibson and Fender. The high end stuff at least.

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I've always thought of PRS as a brand for old failed musicians in their twilight years. That might not be the case but it's what definitely comes to mind. PRS along with Parker, Gibson and Fender. The high end stuff at least.
I hate to ask but curiosity is getting the better of me...why would you think that?
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I've always thought of PRS as a brand for old failed musicians in their twilight years. That might not be the case but it's what definitely comes to mind. PRS along with Parker, Gibson and Fender. The high end stuff at least.
Paul Waggoner's(BTBAM) certainly a failure...


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I have played a few PRS'. Most were diappointingly plastic-feeling and way too "look at me, I'm trying too hard" to warrant the prices they were asking. Some were very classy/understated and played well, but they were even more expensive than the other ones XD

I'm not nearly old or easily amused enough to fall under the spell of their exclusivity or how pretty they look in pictures on the internet to really GAS for one. That said, you could do a lot worse if you have the change to drop on the really good ones. Plus, the models are really seeming to only increase in quality year after year.


My real problem though is how stiff they feel and how dry some of them sound. That being said, I do like how light they all are. I think I will get one one day, I just need to find the right one.


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Cognitave dissonance. Or the fact that a lot of musicians in their twilight years do actually play them.
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I hate to ask but curiosity is getting the better of me...why would you think that?
I think because they appeal to an older demographic. Young guys like myself just can't afford them and think they look like coffee tables. If I go to see a show and see someone playing a PRS I automatically think they're a tool, and can someone please tell me what the .... is up with those gay bird inlays?

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I have played a few PRS'. Most were diappointingly plastic-feeling and way too "look at me, I'm trying too hard" to warrant the prices they were asking. Some were very classy/understated and played well, but they were even more expensive than the other ones XD
This. I've owned a few and really didn't feel that the price tag was warranted.

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I think I will get one one day, I just need to find the right one.
Agree with this as well, I had a CE24 that I felt beat out the few Custom's I owned, despite being in poorer used shape. Really have to find the gems in order to gel with them.
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I think because they appeal to an older demographic. Young guys like myself just can't afford them and think they look like coffee tables. If I go to see a show and see someone playing a PRS I automatically think they're a tool, and can someone please tell me what the .... is up with those gay bird inlays?
Man, you're really adding to the conversation here. PRS's are expensive no doubt, but I think that you need to buy one and spend some time with it.

My first PRS was a CE-24 in Blue Matteo, and I bought it and kinda felt ripped off by it honestly. I also bought a Caparison Horus around the same time, and then about a year later I was in the studio with one of my old bands recording and I discovered that the PRS blew the pants off the Caparison in tone while recording. Sure, the Caparison was a little easier to hit the highest frets, but how thick and beefy the PRS was made it hands down the better guitar. The more I've learned to play guitar, the more I've learned to appreciate PRS.

For the record, I still own that CE-24, and I think its the best sounding guitar I own to this day.

But come on, coming into a thread to just call guitars gay? What should they have? Upside down crosses? ......s made of abalone with ruby blood squirting down the fretboard?
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What should they have? Upside down crosses? ......s made of abalone with ruby blood squirting down the fretboard?
I now have content for my reply to the "guitar hang up/deal breaker thread" ..thank you.
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Unread 06-12-2012, 12:46 AM   #619
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All this CE24 love I've been reading is swaying me from a CU24..which is ok, I'll have enough for a nice used one in a couple months.
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I was always on the fence with PRS, mainly because of the price :/
I saw a lot of older musicians and more classical players using them so I thought that they were built primarily for Classic rock/metal. One of the guitarists I jammed with had one and man that thing sounded great. It completely changed my looks on them. Definitely versatile
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I've got a CE3 from '91, apparently before they started to make 22 fret versions and started calling them ce22 and ce24, and it also still has an alder body in contrary to those newer ones (both have maple top/neck though). And man this thing ROCKS! I also play some other guitars but I think I may have spoiled myself too much with this as I really don't like playing anything else anymore.. Man I wish they made more sevens, and I could afford them.. (or a cu24 for that matter, would go nice with my CE!)

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Man, you're really adding to the conversation here. PRS's are expensive no doubt, but I think that you need to buy one and spend some time with it.

My first PRS was a CE-24 in Blue Matteo, and I bought it and kinda felt ripped off by it honestly. I also bought a Caparison Horus around the same time, and then about a year later I was in the studio with one of my old bands recording and I discovered that the PRS blew the pants off the Caparison in tone while recording. Sure, the Caparison was a little easier to hit the highest frets, but how thick and beefy the PRS was made it hands down the better guitar. The more I've learned to play guitar, the more I've learned to appreciate PRS.

For the record, I still own that CE-24, and I think its the best sounding guitar I own to this day.

But come on, coming into a thread to just call guitars gay? What should they have? Upside down crosses? ......s made of abalone with ruby blood squirting down the fretboard?
Dude dots are fine... it's too fanciful.

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It upsets me that this thread is where I should be able to passionately discuss one of my favorite instrument makers and have intelligent discussions with people who may be considering one, yet I have to leave and come back in a day or two because people are ignorant to the point where it literally makes me angry.

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I'm sorry man, but i had to add my two cents. Expecting a thread to not have any negative post..... Well that's just ignorant. If you like PRS that's cool. I don't and in fact hate them. Two polar opposites. If you bash on ESP I'm cool with that. Cause it's opinions, if I hurt any of you guys feelings because I didn't agree with you........

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Expecting a thread to not have any negative post..... Well that's just ignorant.
No, coming to a thread to say that a brand is gay, and that people who play them are tools is ignorant. and dumb. and...

I've never had any sort of bad experience with a PRS, quite the opposite really. A month ago I helped a teacher of mine find the ideal guitar for him, and we ended up deciding on a custom 24. The guitar was jawdroppingly beautiful, the finish was flawless, fretwork was perfect, and most of all, it sounded and played as well as it looked. Tried it through a bunch of amps just for ....s and giggles before buying, and it's a very very versatile guitar as well. Don't have a single bad thing to say about the guitar.
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