If You Only Had 1000 Dollars: SE vs S2?

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by ShawnF1222, Oct 16, 2020.

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POLL: If you had only 1000 dollars, would you buy a sweet SE Custom, or a Satin Finish s2?

Poll closed Oct 23, 2020.
  1. Sweet dolled up SE Baby!

    10 vote(s)
    18.2%
  2. American Made Satin Finish Plain Jane S2! C'mon man!!

    45 vote(s)
    81.8%
  1. Tonart

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

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    There’s a fine line between rabies and nirvana, so I’d say both are correct my dear Sir!
     
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  2. 68reissue

    68reissue New Member

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    I own two very nice SE CU24s, and a satin S2 Standard 24. You're right, I don't play the S2 nearly as much as the CU24s. But it is the guitar I show off most often, because everybody who touches it falls in love with it.
     
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  3. Tim S

    Tim S King of the barre chord

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    Well done! Welcome to the club.

    S2 guitars have reset my expectations of value-per-dollar guitars. The only non-S2 guitar that has met or exceeded that expectation is the SE Hollowbody Standard (so you might want to keep one of those on your to-buy list too) ;)
     
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  4. pac90

    pac90 Helix user

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    Hey, all the best, hope you get back at it full swing soon. Love that Vela, kind of you to loan it to your pal

    sold 73 guitars, that deserves a re-post.
     
  5. Mec78

    Mec78 New Member

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    Used older Core or an Older CE can be had for 1000 to 1500 depending
     
  6. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

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    Beautiful guitar. I may be misremembering, but it doesn't seem like you see a lot of Vela's here on the forum. I'm actually ashamed to admit I've never played one, but I really dig the color of yours.
     
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  7. Draconomics

    Draconomics Dragons are cool. Not so sure about Asia.

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    I actually saw a core singlecut for $800 on a GC used listing. It was one of the most beat up guitars I've ever seen.
     
  8. SinSir

    SinSir New Member

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    I had a rare guitar day yesterday were I went to play but not really looking for anything specific. I played a SE 35th Cu24, Its not the first time but the last few times I was looking to buy a core or CE and honestly didn't give it much of a chance. Man, the 35th is super sweet! Probably the best stock SE I've played. A really nice playing, sounding, and looking guitar for a cap of $1k. If that was my budget max it would be hard to beat new.
     
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  9. strummer9

    strummer9 New Member

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    S2.

    SEs have been a hit or miss in quality. I don't care how great a guitar looks if the fretwork sucks.
     
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  10. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Open-Ears / Zippered Lips

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    I think that at the end of the day, I'd prefer an excellent condition S2, something I could kick back with, put my feet up on the footstool and unwind with. If it were a workhorse guitar I were pursuing, it would be an excellent used core model. Yet the poll limits us to $1K, so I'd favor a used S2 to an SE, unless it were a 35th anniversary.
     
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    disco13 New Member

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    can't go wrong with a nice satin vela! Got one used from dave's guitar a few years ago and it's a guitar i'll never part with
     
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