Anyone have new CE24 vs old CE24?

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  1. fuze

    fuze New Member

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    I figured this would be the place to ask... has anyone personally owned both the old and new CE24?

    CE24 model is calling my name, and I dont know what to go with!
     
  2. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    I have never had my hands on a new ce24. When I see them for sale I just can't get excited enough to buy one.

    I realize prs was going for a particular tone with this guitar and the components used but I absolutely LOVE the body carve on the core guitars. The carve and the headstock shape are sooo sexy to look at and it adds to the playing experience for me.

    If I saw a used new ce24 going for super cheap I might bite. But my heart belongs to the older models. I have three 1997 CEs and I love them.

    I'll never understand why they didn't sell well enough to stay in the line up.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    Amen. I have two older bolt-ons, an ‘06 and ‘08 specifically because of the fully carved top. I’d like to try the pickups in the new models and the new colors are great, too. But until they get the shape of the core line back, it’s a non-starter for me.

    OP, sorry, I guess my answer is ‘no I havent’.
     
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  4. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    I’m another guy who hasn’t tried a new CE but is in love with my two old ones.
     
  5. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Y’all seem to be saying old is gold.
     
  6. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I've never played or owned either, but if I were to go CE24 shopping it would be for a minty oldie
     
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  7. Ovibos

    Ovibos Unsure why all necks aren't rosewood

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    My reclaimed limited CE24 is pretty sweet. The 85/15 pickups are great. But it's not a 'normal' new CE (satin, diff woods)
     
  8. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    I’ve played new one and I just picked up a 2007. Personally I like the older one better.
     
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  9. Elliot

    Elliot Gandalf the Vintage Yellow

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    Isn't it the same body carve, just without recessed knobs?


    edit: i just mean the body carve in the newer CE's vs. core. and newer CE's vs older CE's
     
  10. fuze

    fuze New Member

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    Well, I am a weak. I just bought a mint condition 1997 CE24 with bird inlays. :eek:

    Hoping it arrives as described, i'm excited!!!
     
  11. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    That’s pretty rare to find an old one with birds!! Nice grab
     
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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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  13. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    Somebody that ownes one will have to speak up but I think the body carve is significantly different and yes , controls aren't recessed.
     
  14. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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  15. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    Body carve is definitely different. “A lot different” nah, but more like an s2 than an older CE is how I think of the new ones.
     
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  16. Elliot

    Elliot Gandalf the Vintage Yellow

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    I thought it has the concave carve, with a slight lip, like the core but maybe it's not as deep.
     
  17. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    It's definitely not as pronounced as the custom, where the older CEs were the same carve
     
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  18. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    New ones still have a pretty good carve to them, with the similar outside edge lip...
     
  19. ElrytNamrogo

    ElrytNamrogo My name be scrambled

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    I haven't spent a whole lot of time with either one, but have tried a couple of the newer CE's.

    Compared to my core line guitars, the body carve isn't as dramatic. However, this does not take anything away from the guitar, in my opinion. I actually like the less dramatic carve quite a bit. It's comfortable and doesn't feel so dramatically different that it would turn me away from buying one. One thing I definitely like about the newer ones over the older is the satin-finished neck. To me, a bare maple neck is just an absolute joy to play.

    In terms of tone and pickups....I couldn't really find a tone that I fell in love with in the short couple times I've played them. Again, this is coming from maybe three times playing them in a guitar store for ten minutes and not being able to play one through my personal setup. I've seen some videos of people getting some great tones out of them, though.

    The older ones definitely pack a lot of mojo. And getting an older one means that the guitar has been put through it's paces and has "settled into it's skin" a bit.

    Either way, it's hard to go wrong when you go with PRS.
     
  20. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    If there was a fire and I could only grab one guitar it would be my '89 CE (over the 3 305"s, the HBII. and the CU24 artist). That is how much I think of the older CE's
     

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