- Dec 15, 2015
Hi all. I have a bit of a dilemma. I have been playing a Gibson SG Standard for years and it feels and plays lovely. However I have always wanted a Les Paul. Long story short I ended up buying a Custom 24 core model instead as I didn't think the Les Paul was different enough to my SG to warrant the extra cash. The PRS is absolutely stunning and feels amazing. When I first got it the action was a bit high so I paid for a pro set up which has sorted that. Now for the last 3 months I have been playing it and kidding myself into thinking it plays and sounds better than my SG. I have finally admitted to myself that it doesn't. After Spending £2600 it's a bitter pill to swallow but my £1000 SG just plays faster and sounds more aggressive. I can't put my finger on it but when I switch from the PRS to the SG I can play faster, easier. Also bends are easier and power chords are more aggressive and have more bite. The PRS is quite muddy when playing power chords. One thing I will say though is the PRS has a lovely singing lead tone and the pickups seem very expressive in that the way you hit the string is translated beautifully through the amp. I purchased the PRS fully committed to switching as I love the PRS brand and quality but something is just missing. Maybe it's the "soul" that everyone talks about, I just don't know. The only difference in setup is the PRS has 10 gauge strings and the SG has hybrids but I cannot see it making much difference. Has anybody else found this and is their anything I can do? I don't want to sell the PRS as I'm in love with the workmanship and feel of it. I love the fact that I no longer need to re tune every 4 songs as well. Could the scale length make it harder to play then the SG? I have quite a bluesy style and like to play fast wild bends which seem natural on the SG but hard work on the PRS. Sorry if this sounds like a bit of a ramble but it's hard to describe. Overall the PRS just seems harder to play and sounds muddier. Any advice would be great. I want to stick with PRS so hopefully somebody can give me a few pointers.