Have you ever bought the same guitar to get a better top?

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  1. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    This only goes to show how precious and rare it is to have the golden trinity in one single guitar: great tone, playability and looks.
     
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  2. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    It’s not shallow and meaningless in my book. When I’m not playing my guitars, they’re up on the wall in the open living area. I enjoy looking them, so does my wife, so do the friends and guests we have over. My wife likes my 10 Top DGT the best. It’s because PRS guitars are not only well made, and great to play, they’re often beautiful. Paul thinks so, as I bet do the builders who crafted them. So it’s part of the equation by design.
     
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  3. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    Agree with this over the simple maxim out there (in the world wide web) that “guitars are meant to be played”. It’s ironical but the maxim itself is really what’s shallow.

    If someone derives more joy just looking at his guitars than you playing yours, that person is utilizing his guitars better.

    I would say the correct philosophy should be “guitars are meant to enjoyed. Any way you want to.”
     
  4. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    I just HAD to have the one on the right! :)
     
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  5. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    LOL!!
     
  6. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I changed the pups to 59/09s, pup rings to RW, and the knobs to lampshades and made this a beast. ME1s are arguably the best core model PRS has ever made.

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  7. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    Tempting me again are you? I’m holding out for your Koa...acoustic! :D

    59/09s are a match made in heaven for these!
     
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  8. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Can’t be tempted unless you are WA Paul, tomb raider.
     
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  9. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    One never knows the side effects of the meds I’m on now! :D Wait, what? :confused:
     
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  10. Tag

    Tag New Member

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    Is the better top a lighter weight??
     
  11. rnodern

    rnodern Just one more.....

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    Not a better top, but a different top :) On the left, 2004 10 top Custom 24. I got that one first. On the right, a 2004 "Brazilian" limited edition Custom 24.
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  12. matt3310

    matt3310 New Member

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    I have a few times. I bought a CR24 last year. Charcoal blue burst. Then 2 weeks later I saw the same guitar with a black neck and a WAY prettier top. So.....

    1st one:
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    2nd one:
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  13. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    I’ll find out tomorrow when I pick it up.
     
  14. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    I acquired these in the following order:
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    So my answer is no, BUT I have bought the same guitar to get a worse top. All due respect to number 2, but everything is relative.

    :p:p:p
     
  15. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Why do you think #1 is better?

    I’m looking on my phone.
     
  16. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    It's not your phone. #2 looks better to me on my PC :)

    Curious to know as well.
     
  17. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    For reference on my two in the OP:

    First guitar purchased:

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    Second guitar purchased 2 weeks later:

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    I think the top looks better, and the hardware is in better condition as well. (also comes with the correct trem arm).
     
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  18. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    I have a CU24 artist package that gets played very little. Why? Just doesn't do it for me. I 3 305"s that all sound a little different and I play them the most. I'm still deciding about the HBII but no matter what I wouldn't sell any of these. I'm sure this doesn't help much but it shows what makes a great guitar for me may not for you.
     
  19. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    I have done it, kind of regretted it afterwards, but it wasn't a PRS, it was Gibson. I had a Futura that was absolutely killer, loved how well it played. Found an identical one with a much nicer top and even some flame on the neck. It was nice, but didn't inspire me to play it as much as the other one did, even though it was prettier. Sound was relatively the same, but playability was night and day.
     
  20. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    I have the sister to your Brazilian on the right, but with quilted maple. I've always been on the look out for a similar one too
     

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