Looking at an SE Standard 24

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by thx712517, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. thx712517

    thx712517 New Member

    Dec 1, 2019
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    I'm looking at buying an SE Standard 24 in vintage cherry to replace my existing stop tail Tremonti SE. I like the shape and the idea of having a tremolo.

    How are the stock pickups for playing clean? Are there any secrets to using the coil split option? How is tuning stability with moderate trem use? Are there any must-have mods to be aware of? Do you need locking tuners, for example, or a new nut, and how well engineered is the existing trem or is it a tone suck?
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  2. Tim S

    Tim S King of the barre chord

    Aug 1, 2018
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    The 85/15 "S" pickups in that guitar are the same as the ones in my S2 Custom 24 and I find them to be outstanding (I bought a spare set on Reverb -- I like them that much). Other folks don't. Let your ears decide.

    If there are any secrets to using split coils, I'd like to know as well. I've been using them for years without encountering any secrets. I just pull the knob and play.

    If you're used to Fender trems, the PRS trem is like a dream come true. If you ever feel the need to adjust a PRS trem, be sure to read up on how to adjust if BEFORE you attempt it (most folks who try without learning how end up damaging theirs). It works better than other guitar brands because it's designed differently.

    Some folks like to replace the stock tuners with locking tuners. I don't think there's a need to from a trem usage standpoint. But if you like the ease of re-stringing that locking tuners provides (like I do), then go ahead and do it -- but there really isn't a need.

    The biggest gripe you'll find around here about SEs is the nut. It's not as good as a Core nut. If you encounter tuning problems, look at replacing it with a Core nut. If you don't encounter problems, why spend the money? (I have 5 SEs and never changed a nut on any of them)

    Thankfully there isn't a lot of "group think" on this forum. It's frequented by a large number of kind and helpful folks who have divergent opinions.

    So buy that Standard 24 and join the club!
    #2 Tim S, Dec 3, 2019
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019
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  3. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

    Mar 15, 2018
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    Agree with everything said by Tim S, couldn’t have said it better myself. :cool:
  4. NBW

    NBW New Member

    Mar 25, 2019
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    If you are patient you can get a very decent price on a used one from Dave’s in Lacrosse, WI
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  5. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

    Apr 26, 2012
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    Just buy it. Keep any thoughts of mods in the background because you’ll most likely find it doesn’t need a single thing.

    Well, you might need a great amp to match.
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  6. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

    Mar 7, 2018
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    I couldn’t think of a reason to replace the 85/15s pick ups on my S2.
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  7. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

    Apr 27, 2012
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    I have 85/15S pickups in my SE277, no complaints.
  8. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

    Apr 28, 2013
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    I have 85/15's in my S2 custom 24. Absolutely no reason to change them.
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