Brand new Ce or used core custom

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  1. Vinker202

    Vinker202 New Member

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    This might have been covered ad nauseam but I am not sure what to get. Old custom or new ce. Currently, I have se and I have owned s2, which I regret selling. The axe paired with my home studio so well. So, I appreciate advice. Thanks
     
  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I love the Core models, and since they can often be found in mint condition, used, that’s how I’d go.

    I do, however, think the new CEs are terrific guitars for the dough.
     
  3. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs Have you tried restarting?

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    I’m a sucker for the fully carved tops. So I say Custom 24. Core quality instruments are always a good bet. On the flip side, PRS’ current pickups are arguably the best they’ve ever been.
     
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  4. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    Used Core for me on that question. As was said there are always some used steals out there.

    Some prefer a bolt on - not a cost issue.
     
  5. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    PRS broke me of my bolt-on stigma. However, unless you weenie-out and complain about the violin carve hurting your forearm :rolleyes::p, there is an undeniably sexy aspect to those core curves. There are many unloved core guitars in need of a forever home.
     
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  6. Warmart

    Warmart Fani PRSi

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    Definitely recommend the core, you won't be sorry. Sell a kidney, plasma, your children - whatever it takes I always say.
     
  7. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs Have you tried restarting?

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    There are, and my wife says I can’t keep adopting. We need help!
     
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  8. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    I agree with the above. Core guitars are fabulous. However...

    CE's are just as fabulous in a different way. It's not about carved tops, it's about the sound. CE's just sound different than Customs. To my ears they just rock harder. More defined highs that will cut through the mix with ease. If that is the sound that rings your bell, you should get the CE. Now we can't tell you what sound you would prefer so you are going to have to play them to know.

    And if you still need the sexier top, get a Gen 1 CE used. If you find one with Dragon 1 pickups (around 95), even better.
     
  9. Andy80

    Andy80 New Member

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    I don't like the way they make the new CE's compared to 15 years ago. They were much nicer then IMO. Either way I'd go with a used core in a heartbeat.
     
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  10. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Zombie Eight, DFZ

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    2k buys a lot of used PRS guitar...
     
  11. InTooDeep

    InTooDeep Out Lobstering...

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    I vote for a mix: Used older CE. you get the low price, and you get a core guitar! I like to mod my guitars, so older and cheaper works out as a nice baseline to add the pickups etc. that I want in there. I'm sure whichever you get it will be an awesome guitar though!

    *edit* I would also consider the CE semihollow if your going new CE
     
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  12. Dirty_Boogie

    Dirty_Boogie Still got the ol' tagger on it

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    Agree. Old CE's make me go weak at the knees! :confused:
     
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  13. Vinker202

    Vinker202 New Member

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    Thanks for your replies...

    Well I could not make a decision. So I bought used core, ce and I have se :) One is going back. hehe At least this time I won't have that feeling, I wish I got something else (hopefully)

    Core seems to be the preferred option. I got it for like 2 k from GC website, They have a 36 month special on used stuff now. Might as well try it to see what I am missing out on. The only thing is core is not semi hollow but ce and my se are semi hollow.

    I really had good time with my S2, the instrument was very smooth with pedals and recording equipment. I am looking for some type of connection with the guitar, can't describe it, but from what is said core should be optimal...

    Now, this SE that I picked is really nice guitar but if I would choose S2 is better. Anyway, come saturday will try them out. Thanks
     
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  14. Micky!

    Micky! Dragon trainer

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    100% with you :D
     
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    My SE Custom 22

    What do you think?
     
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  16. jcolmn

    jcolmn New Member

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    Well. Do you prefer 24 or 22 frets? Wide fat or wide thin?

    I like 22 fret wide fat necks so my vote is the CE-22. They are definitely the best value right now.
     
  17. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    Where are you located?
     
  18. Vinker202

    Vinker202 New Member

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    Near Boston
     
  19. Vinker202

    Vinker202 New Member

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    Anyone close by?
     
  20. bodia

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

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    Nice on the Custom
     

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