In praise of the Studio

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  1. 92Esquire

    92Esquire New Member

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    Sorry if this rambles. Next May, I will have owned a PRS for 20 years. I originally bought my CU24 to be a versatile guitar I could cover about anything from jazz standards through country, blues, and classic rock with. The CU24 (which I still have) never lived up to that - I now understand what the CU24 is and isn't. I've tried a few times over the years, and my attempts at a "Swiss Army Knife" guitar have turned out badly. As my wife keeps telling me "the only good multitool is the one in your pocket".

    Earlier this year, I decided I wanted a superstrat again. I was thinking about an Anderson or a Suhr, but came across the Studio. I liked the concept, but was worried about buying into a proprietary pickup (like some friends did with EG's back in the day). But I decided I love the PRS trem so much, and my CU24 has come to mean enough to me that I wanted to give PRS another shot. So I bought this:

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    An Eriza Verde Studio with Pattern neck. It's not a 10 top, which I prefer. One piece back. This model was made in 2012, and came from Dave's. It was part of me buying two guitars in the same day, something I've never done before. I've now had this guitar for 6 months. And I can safely say that this is the guitar I wish I'd had 20 years ago.

    I get it. I now understand this guitar very well. I have to believe that the Studio is the most versatile guitar for a player who covers a variety of styles short of metal. Over time, I've come to the conclusion that I hate full size neck humbuckers. I love soloing on neck singles - be they Strats, Teles, or P-90's. I like the neck minibucker on my Hot Rod tele. But I've yet to find a fill size neck hummer I get along with. However, neck singles don't work when I go off on my prog metal fancies, and strat neck pickups don't really work for jazz.

    The Studio Narrowfields may be the best middle and neck pickups I've ever heard on a superstrat. It may be the best overall neck pickup I've ever used. It's responsive to the volume knob without becoming muddy, and can really go from strat-ish to close-to-bucker with the volume knob. But through it all, the pickups have an amazing amount of clarity - far more than most humbuckers. The notch positions still get a decent amount of quack.

    The bridge humbucker may be the best PAF-type I've had the pleasure of using. The pickup gets you from blues to ZZ Top and AC/DC, but it does tend to get a bit "loose" under higher gain. The NF's seem to work over a wider variety of gain than the bridge 57/08. Even still, this is an amazing tool for a gigging musician (which unfortunately, I'm not anymore). The trem, as always, is superb. Build quality is great. No cosmetic issues I've been able to find.

    The few issues I've had minor. One, I hate the truss rod cover. I'm shopping for a new one. Two, the coil tap is a bit hard to grab. I love the way the clear/black knobs look, but I wish there was a bit more grip to them. Three, I (like others) have some issues with my pick hitting the middle pickup. I can adjust, but the way the pickup is stepped seems to occasionally catch the pick. Four - and this is somewhat minor - I want black pickup rings. The aged white ones have grown on me a bit, but with black pickups I wish I had black rings.

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    Overall, I really, really like this guitar. It's the first one I'm reaching for these days. I like it enough that I'm thinking of adding TWO more PRS to the stable. One - a NF3. I think 3 of those pickups in a Korina body would be an absolute strat-slayer. Two - another Studio. I like this one as is, but I wish the bridge pickup was bit better for hard rock/metal. I intend to get another and swap in a \m/ pickup to see what that gets me.

    Great guitar. Grab one if you get the chance.
     
  2. Chris528

    Chris528 New Member

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    Gorgeous!!
     
  3. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    Ditto, what a great looking guitar.
     
  4. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    Great story...congrats!!
     
  5. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay...

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    Very nice guitar!! :top:

    ...but it sounds like you need to try a 513 or the newer Brent Mason for a true "do it all" guitar....
     
  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Beautiful guitar!
     
  7. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 Not buying any more guitars. Again.

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    You ain't telling me anything I don't already know. ;)

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  8. Herr Squid

    Herr Squid I was severely impressed

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    Yep! Studios are great guitars!
     
  9. Egads

    Egads One, Two, THIRTEEN!

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    That's a gorgeous one, too! Congrats, and thanks for the write-up.
     
  10. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc “Evil” Sergio. You can tell by the goatee

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  11. Raymond

    Raymond New Member

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    I had no idea the studio was a bolt on neck!
     
  12. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 Not buying any more guitars. Again.

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    Not all of them. Mine is a Swamp Ash Studio.
     
  13. Raymond

    Raymond New Member

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    now I am even more intrigued.....
     
  14. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay...

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    I remember when those SAS came out...some outstanding woods on those!!
     
  15. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 Not buying any more guitars. Again.

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    I know a guy in England (thanks to the Internet) who has a Swamp Ash Studio and he once said something to the effect of the guitar leaving him breathless when he first played it and wanting to take it with him when he goes.
     
  16. tolm

    tolm New Member

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    Studios are awesome guitars. Thomann had a couple of killer deals on NOS ones a while back (all gone at my last check) but I would have one today if I hadn't got an even better deal on my Paul's Guitar.
     
  17. 92Esquire

    92Esquire New Member

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    OK, now make that THREE more NF guitars I need to buy...
     
  18. slev

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    Nice, I've had two at different times and both were awesome.
     
  19. kselbee

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    Nice review, thanks for that. I just realized the studio isn't in the lineup any more. Too bad, I wanted to try one.
     
  20. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Beautiful Green...looks like a 10 to me...??? Enjoy that Axe!!!!
    In reference to pulling up for Coils, a couple ideas...IF you want to keep the STOCK knobs on there...place a couple small rubber bands around the knob , or place small horizontal cuts along the edges of the knob, then sand rough edges, either of which will help pulling it up. I've seen both (the cutting idea most certainly by an "owner"...or "player") and they both work well for their respective owners.

    You could turn the truss rod cover over...???

    And, YES...Very glad I picked up an NF3 when I did...its awesome!!!!
     
    #20 Bill SAS 513, Aug 7, 2014
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