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

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  1. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs Have you tried restarting?

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    Yea for a Gibson, a dangerous move. If you find one that sounds and plays nicely, don't go swapping it out looking for a better one.

    This decision is easier for me because 1) it's a PRS, and 2) I haven't had the first one long enough to develop any attachment to it.
     
  2. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I agree with your comments about Gibson regarding their "core" instruments, but their custom shop guitars are a high quality and very consistent. (Whereas PRS core are always top notch).
     
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  3. sergiodeblanc

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

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    I haven’t.... yet.

    But whatever floats your boat, I won’t judge. I’ve got some guitars that are just flat-out fashion accessories.
     
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  4. Tonart

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

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    Wow honestly, both are fantastic! The conventional opinion would be that 2nd one looks better due to the contrast and definition. But the 1st one has a ‘dirty’ look that is really cool. PRS has in the past intentionally favored and promoted ‘dirty’ tops like the Paul’s Dirty 100.
     
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  5. AaeCee

    AaeCee New Member

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    I'm personally pleased to answer "no" ... not that there's anything wrong with that. :rolleyes:

    I have however changed identical models for what I considered superior sounds though, I went through three other Cu24s before I found 'the one', a bunch of Strats, and over 20 LP Historics to find that one great one ... THAT was an expensive journey!
     
  6. Tonart

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

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    I’m sorry but you guys mean me? If so, I kinda prefer the wider flame plus the more unconventional look. If the question was addressed to someone else please ignore this.
     
  7. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I see them better now that I’m on my IPad. They’re both very nice. Do you have other shots of those tops?
     
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  8. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    That guy keeps selling you faded guitars. What a joker. :rolleyes:
     
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  9. danktat

    danktat Award winning tattoo artist ... Amateur guitarist

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    Both of my CU22's....I bought the second one to PLAY. My other one is a limited run, hand signed, yadda yadda yadda.....so I am more apprehensive about playing it and scuffing or dinging it up. The new girl is to be fingered all crazy and not to be worried about. Both have ten tops, but one is a more "Valuable" guitar than the other.

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  10. Tonart

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

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    Thank you for the kind words. I don’t have any shots drastically different offhand, except in a different lighting:
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    Just to share though, this is the best flame top I’ve ever seen. Textbook perfect and yet full of character (owning to the curvature). Whoever is the Owner is a lucky guy!
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  11. WA Paul

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

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    Dang, yet another spare! No wonder I can never find one in the wild! ;)
     
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  12. WA Paul

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

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    I like your two McCarty Trem tops more than the Textbook top. But I like wide tops with some curves rather than textbook lines.
     
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  13. WA Paul

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

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    congrats - nice visual upgrade!
     
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  14. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Agreed
     
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  15. vchizzle

    vchizzle Birdman.

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    No, but I bought a duplicate black guitar to have it refinished in white. PRS wasn't making any white guitars at the time except the Navarro, so it was pretty much my only option.
     
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  16. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I have. Three times. Worked out twice.
     
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  17. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I did it when the Singlecut first came out.

    I bought a wonderful sounding guitar with a ten top and moons in McCarty burst. A few months later, I spotted an Artist Package version at the dealer in some sort of Amber shade. It sounded and played great. So I bought it.

    Feeling guilty as hell, I sold the plainer one. The new one was indeed great, but the plainer one suited me a little better, and it was gone.

    That was 19 or 20 years ago. I wouldn’t do it again. At this point, I leave well enough alone.
     
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  18. bodia

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

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    Totally on board with this. I would do the same!
     
  19. django49

    django49 New Member

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    A friend used that theory to "trade in" his wife. It did not end well.....
     
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  20. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs Have you tried restarting?

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    Update:

    Picked up the 10-top version of the guitar last night. It's on the "bench" (read: dining room table) getting a cleanup and requisite updates (new style ivory pickup rings and lampshade knobs). I'd post a photo, but I'll just save it for the NGD thread :)

    This is for sure the one I'm picking between the two. However, like some of you mentioned, it's not always as clear-cut as we might imagine. Same goes here. The 10-top is a first year 2006 model, the standard top that I bought a few weeks earlier is a 2008. There are some differences between these two year models besides just the top. Such as:

    - the 2006 uses plated tuning posts, just like the keys. By 2008, PRS switched to unplated brass posts. I like brass better.
    - the 2006 uses a more round pickup switch cap. The 2008 uses the newer "flatter" blade cap. I like the flatter better.
    - the 2006 tone pot pulls to split the neck humbucker. The 2008 defaults to a split neck pickup and a pulled tone pot engages the humbucker. I like default split better.

    However, these are all quite easily remedied.
     
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