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  1. alex1fly

    Ugh

    I kinda get the appeal of fighting a guitar - it's a style, or an approach. Like I said, I did 20 years on a Strat until last year when I started branching out into other electric guitars. The Strat and I fought all the time. Nowadays I've got these couple of Teles that respond well to getting...
  2. alex1fly

    Ugh

    Haha yes, playing too fast is certainly not everyone's problem :) It's similar to the idea of singing your solos before playing them. Makes you think more melodically and less guitar-ey.
  3. alex1fly

    Ugh

    This is an interesting take. What I am loving about this SE Custom is that, in a similar-but-different fashion to Joe's insight, it allows me to play exactly how I want to. After 20 years of fighting a Strat, it's pretty incredible to be on an instrument that works WITH me rather than against me.
  4. alex1fly

    Swap 85/15?

    Mine are right around flush with the pickup rings. Sweetened things up significantly.
  5. alex1fly

    Ugh

    Good to know! Haha, always tricky designing things that you can't see/feel beforehand...
  6. alex1fly

    Maple fretboard?

    Came here to post this because I've been looking lately. They come in a few different finishes. Just do some searches on Reverb, Ebay, etc. Seems to be the most accessible way to get a PRS (SE) with a maple fretboard for under $1000. It seems to be an odd thing that there aren't more maple...
  7. alex1fly

    Swap 85/15?

    Thanks for all the ideas everyone. It's interesting that this keeps coming around. I actually really love the bridge pickup now. It's taken a long time - I've had the guitar just over a year, it's become my main player, and I'm just now getting a handle on the bridge 85/15. But once I realized...
  8. alex1fly

    Ugh

    What kind of neck is on it? I see it's a Warmoth, but they have all kinds of options....
  9. alex1fly

    Ugh

    Yeah, this second Tele I brought home felt great in the shop... had a massive 50s style neck. An hour of playing at home though rendered my entire fretting arm useless though. The first time "play before you buy!" hasn't worked out for me. I'm keeping it for a bit to eventually try another neck...
  10. alex1fly

    Ugh

    I'd be real interested to hear what you spec'ed out to make it play as well as your PRS?!
  11. alex1fly

    Ugh

    I wish it were that simple. Maybe more like "adhering to bad traditions simply because they're traditions is trash".
  12. alex1fly

    Ugh

    I've been playing for 20 years and have always been "pretty good". But the SE Custom 24 I picked up last year has really elevated my playing. I'm flying all over the fretboard, playing stuff I've only dreamed of, and writing music like crazy because the instrument is no longer in my way. The...
  13. alex1fly

    Your Feelings: Core or Imported?

    I think the point is that everyone is different, and every guitar is different. Debates on entire model lines vs other entire model lines (SE vs Core, Fender vs Squier, Epiphone vs Gibson, single coils vs humbuckers, tubes vs solid state, etc) can yield some generalities, but those generalities...
  14. alex1fly

    Swap 85/15?

    Thanks all. The guitar is the SE Custom 24 Floyd in my avatar. I love the neck position but I find myself wishing the bridge position had a different sonic character, maybe a little more PAF-ish or a little more vocal-ish like the JB or a Norton. It's quite neutral and balanced which is why I...
  15. alex1fly

    SE Pauls Guitar - High Action **LATER**

    A setup with a new guitar is money well spent IMO. Once it's dialed in by a pro, you can then mimic the setup later as you change strings, adjust the truss rod in response to weather changes, etc etc. You won't get it perfect, but you'll at least have a benchmark to go by. I spent the first...
  16. alex1fly

    Can I get some guidance regarding upgrades?

    I'll be that guy that says don't do any mods to your new guitar. Why? Because sometimes mods change things but don't make them better; sometimes they make things worse; unfortunately it's a roll of the dice with your particular instrument, your ears, and your set of expectations. I get that most...
  17. alex1fly

    Swap 85/15?

    Anybody replace their 85/15 pickups? I love the neck sound, not crazy about the bridge. Also considering trying some different magnets in the bridge pickup.
  18. alex1fly

    Prs SE quality?

    If its Guitar Center you can't rule out: Somebody bought it, tried new pickups, didn't like it, put the stock pickups back in poorly Returned it to Guitar Center
  19. alex1fly

    What magnets in PRS SE Soapbar II?

    Heyo, I don't know for sure but if you have magnets laying around you could take the magnets out of the pickups and measure them up against other magnets of a known material. I had one of these guitars for a couple of years and if I had to guess I'd say Alnico V, but ceramic could certainly be...
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