Need Help Selecting a PRS

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  1. Tom J

    Tom J New Member

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    First post. Lifelong guitarist looking to select my first PRS. Fell in love with the look and sound due to Mike Oldfield, Carlos Santana. I play all styles but have 50's Strat and Tele to cover the single coil rock and blues sounds, and Gibson L-4 and Heritage Kenny Burrell for Jazz. Just sold a 57 VOS Les Paul BB since it just isn't comfortable when sitting. So looking for a great humbucker guitar that can sweetly crunch, clearly ring, and sustain a long time. Looking at the Core line as I'm willing to spend. Could someone help me form a shortlist to consider? Thanks
     
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  2. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Welcome to the forum Tom.

    I’d start by trying a Santana, a DGT and a double cut 594. I think that would give you a good sense of where in the line you most want to be.
     
  3. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    Custom 24 or 22
    DGT
    594
    Santana
    Pauls Guitar
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    Custom 22 Special Semi Hollow

    It really does not matter once you get one more will just start showing up on your doorstep because PRS are like chips you can't have just one.
    Great luck in your search
     
  4. bodia

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

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    This is solid advice, and a great place to start your journey.
     
  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I’d agree, or substitute the CU24 for the Santana, simply because they’re so essential to the PRS line, and they’re easier to find than Santanas in the shops, if someone wants to play before buying (which I’d recommend!).
     
  6. Tom J

    Tom J New Member

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    Thanks everyone!
     
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  7. sergiodeblanc

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

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    I’d stop after that.

    I liked your post just so I could have the option of an unlike button.
     
  8. Big Mike

    Big Mike This space for rent

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    Def try a McCarty as well. But ditto the Santana and the DGT.
     
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  9. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs Have you tried restarting?

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    Trem: DGT or Santana
    Fixed: McCarty 594 or McCarty
     
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  10. Tom J

    Tom J New Member

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    You know, I've bought and sold four Les Paul's over the years so looking forward to finding a keeper solid humbucker. What about the SC245? Too much an LP relative?
     
  11. AZGiant

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    Cant go wrong with a santana. I have this model and it is inexpensive, but man does it sing. Needs better tuning gears but that is an easy fix

    https://reverb.com/item/28133588-paul-reed-smith-se-santana-standard-2018
     
  12. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    It’s a good candidate if you like the character of a Les Paul, but not the feel. I find by SC245 far more comfortable to play than the Les Paul - I pretty much stopped playing the LP after I got the SC245.

    My SC245 is noticeably mellower sound wise. I forget if I have 57/08 or 59/09 in it. It has one of them and my SC250 has the other. Neither has as much low end bias as a Les Paul.
     
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  13. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Hah! I thought of the CU24 as an example of a 24 fret PRS that’s easy to find in shops, that’s all. Not to be taken personally!! ;)
     
  14. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    594. The 58/15LT can crunch, butter up and split like no other humbucker I've ever played. And the 594 in all other respects is the best guitar ever made. I have three. So far.

    The DGT is also a true tone machine, the only thing I dislike about it personally is the narrower nut and neck carve. I had one made through Private Stock with a standard McCarty nut and Wide Fat neck and that guitar is sensational. The DGT pickups are very unique. They have quite a high output bite to them but with less full-on compression, and they also split and clean up incredibly well.

    Enjoy your search.

    And Santanas rule.
     
  15. Jkater

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    I have both an R9 (Kossoff aged) LP and a SC250 (avatar). Completely different animals. The sc245 has the same scale as LP but is certainly also very different.
     
  16. Tom J

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    Thanks gents. I have it down to a 2011 McCarty 58 or a 2004 Custom 22. Thoughts? I would buy it on approval via a brick and mortar dealer.
     
  17. Tom J

    Tom J New Member

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    That would be the McCarty 58 with 53/10 pickups...
     
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  18. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs Have you tried restarting?

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    That’s just how I’d put it as well. I had a Les Paul Traditional and Studio. They both sounded great, but once I played an SC-58, I knew any future singlecut guitars would be from PRS and not Gibson. It was just more enjoyable to physically play. Sold and traded away both LPs shortly after. Only traded away my Stripped ‘58 for a 594 (on another level), but I’ll own another PRS singlecut of some sort again, I’m sure.
     
  19. WA Paul

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

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    I’d vote the McCarty 58 with the 53/10s since those pickups are terrific and no longer available. Plus McCarty’s are thicker bodied guitars than Custom 22s so they’ll have a thicker sound in the low/mid range, though not like an LP. The 53/10s are the lowest output of all the 5x/xx series. Ironically I have them in a....Custom 22! :)

    I’m assuming this is the DC McCarty 58 and not the SC 58 you are referring to? SC is thicker than the DC and closer to LP territory but still it’s own thing. Compared to the newer 58/15LT pickups I find the 53/10s to be somewhat ‘warmer’ sounding to my ear, especially the neck position. To others that may be considered less clarity though. I like them both :)
     
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  20. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    Have fun on a never ending journey through PRS guitars my friend....
     
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