Astonishing Trem!

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  1. Gyakuto

    Gyakuto New Member

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    Being a Vai/Van Halen aficionado, I use the bar a lot in my playing and LOVE the Floyd Rose trem because of it’s complete, guaranteed tuning stability. It’s never let me down. So it was with some trepidation that I decided to try out the tremolo system on my new CUSTOM 24 because I wanted to delay any disappointment, and was expecting it to go out of tune. It hasn’t! It’s bang in tune after a few tentative dips and pull ups and then I dive bombed the trem (whilst demonically flicking my tongue around, of course) and lo and behold....still in tune. I can’t believe it....I’m so happy:) It’s also easily as smooth as a Floyd Rose with an equally positive response.

    My fingertips are so sore I won’t be able to play for the rest of today....scale practice only for me... but with a warm feeling in my heart....:D

    Is it OK to say I love Paul Reed Smith?
     
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  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc PRSf certified

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    Seriously, the trem was the number one reason I switched to PRS in 1993.

    Allen wrenches are for IKEA furniture now.
     
  3. Gyakuto

    Gyakuto New Member

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    Ha ha ha!

    I might’ve told a small lie in a previous post (due to a poor memory) about the Custom 24 being my first PRS. I do actually have a custom 22 SE (or something) in whale blue that I gave to my brother a few years ago and forgot all about. It just never stayed in tune which is why I gave it to him to learn upon. This is why I had trepidation in trying the trem of my custom 24.
     
  4. Tony M.

    Tony M. New Member

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    The "cheap" ones on the S2 models work well too.

    My first trem equipped PRS was an S2 CU22 SH.
    I liked the guitar and was planning to block the
    "tremolo" so the guitar would stay in tune.

    Nope.

    I now have three S2s with VIBRATO arms on them.
    I am not gentle with the arms in any way.
    The guitars stay in tune very well.
    It was a very pleasant surprise.
     
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  5. Gyakuto

    Gyakuto New Member

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    S2’s are American made, aren’t they?
     
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  6. Tony M.

    Tony M. New Member

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    Yes they are.
     
  7. Gyakuto

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    Thus they’re crafted by true artisans. I wonder if my Korean £500 SE just doesn’t have the best manufacturing/hardware.
     
  8. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I’ve always tried to get something in people’s hands that would minimize their frustration in trying to learn guitar. I don’t want them to get frustrated and give up because they are fighting the gear too hard: action too high, terrible tuning stability...

    I keep a couple of old guitars just to use as loaners for people wanting to learn. If they never come back, that’s fine with me.
     
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  9. Gyakuto

    Gyakuto New Member

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    My SE is a fine guitar as long as the trem isn’t touched, but I agree...along those years struggling with guitars with egg-slicer actions and rubbish pick ups. If I had my time again I’d buy an Anniversary Custom 24 from the very start! :D:confused::rolleyes:
     
  10. Iceman101

    Iceman101 There's always room for one more.....

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    Core nut and locking tuners will make an SE solid as a rock :cool:
     
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  11. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    S2s use the same bridge as SEs, IIRC. Tuning keys and nuts are slightly upgraded tho.
     
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  12. Gyakuto

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    So the hardware is the ‘issue’?
     
  13. Gyakuto

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    More specifically, it’s the nut snd tuners that are the ‘issue’ ?
     
  14. Gyakuto

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    Many of my mates have guitars that simply don’t stay in tune...cheap, old, poor designs and they seem to live with it. I wonder if I’m being a princess hoping/expecting my guitar stay in tune during normal playing! Anyway the point is, it’s bloody spot on...I love it!
     
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  15. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Glad you chimed in. Thought I was going to have to post "that" video again. :D
     
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  16. Iceman101

    Iceman101 There's always room for one more.....

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    I like that video :p
     
  17. Iceman101

    Iceman101 There's always room for one more.....

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    It;s a combo of both but the SE nut is the main offender.
     
  18. Gyakuto

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    What is this 'video', of which you speak? :cool:
     
  19. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I’m not tellin’ :cool::p
     
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  20. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Suffice it to say Sergio would have scared many a Hollywood director with his ability.
     

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