New to Me 1996 CE 22

RC Mike

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I found a really nice CE 22 this week. It's a purple 1996 with a maple top. It's in beautiful shape, but had a few surprises for me.

It didn't look like this guitar had been played in quite some time. Lots of corrosion on the strings and the frets were really tarnished. Thankfully, whoever put it away put a plastic fretboard protector between the strings and the frets. It took a lot of cleaning on Thursday morning, but the frets polished up nicely. Most of them were fine with some Gorgomyte, but I had to use a polishing head on a Dremel with about five of them. The trem had been decked with the claw screws in tight, so I took the time to do a full setup.

There were a few surprises. It's got a Dragon 1 at the neck, which I assumed. An HFS at the bridge, which I didn't expect. I was a bit disappointed, but the 9 position on the rotary is really beautiful. Not sure if it was stock with an HFS, but the control cavity work looks original to me.

The other physical surprise was that it's a Wide-Thin neck. I haven't liked Wide-Thin in the past. This one seems on the thicker side, but my wrist wasn't happy after 40 minutes of playing today. That might make me move this one along. Problem is, I want to like it.

The last surprise about this one is its history. Supposedly, it was owned by Barry Bailey from the Atlanta Rhythm Section. No idea on the veracity of that, but it fits with the guitar not having been played in quite a while. Mr. Bailey died of MS complications two years ago. The other unusual bit of history is that it was originally purchased locally to me, at Guitar Center Twin Cities. There's a sticker on the warranty paperwork showing that. Somehow it's found its way back from Georgia to where it first was sold.

Anyways, it's a really nice, well-preserved guitar that sounds great. It just doesn't yet feel right for my particular hand. I want to see if I can adapt.

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Dig me some old school ce. I get it on the WT. Not nearly as common on the ce22 but also not a profile I hate. The HFS would bum me more.
 
Cool score! Hope you warm up to the neck. I feel you though, I’ve moved several guitars lately primarily because I wasn’t playing them due to the neck shape.
 
Smoke show cool

Dig me some old school ce. I get it on the WT. Not nearly as common on the ce22 but also not a profile I hate. The HFS would bum me more.

The HFS isn't what I was hoping for, but I don't dislike it. If I keep the guitar, I may look for a D1 bridge to put in it.

I've got a 2002 CE 22 that I like a lot, but the '02 is a 9lbs+ tank. These two are different enough that I'd keep the '02 around. I never imagined I'd end up having more than one of the same model guitar, but hey, they're different! :p
 
There’s enough people that like wide thin necks out there, and so few CE22’s out there with wide thin necks, that maybe you can find someone to swap necks with you.
 
Try tightening or loosening the strap just a little bit, to shift the guitar (and your hand position) ever so slightly up or down. I was talking with a friend who wasn’t digging his 24 fretter. He shifted the guitar up slightly, and now he’s happy.To me this is like changing the amp settings for a different guitar. It’s right there for us, and so obvious that we often don’t think about it.
 
I found a really nice CE 22 this week. It's a purple 1996 with a maple top. It's in beautiful shape, but had a few surprises for me.

It didn't look like this guitar had been played in quite some time. Lots of corrosion on the strings and the frets were really tarnished. Thankfully, whoever put it away put a plastic fretboard protector between the strings and the frets. It took a lot of cleaning on Thursday morning, but the frets polished up nicely. Most of them were fine with some Gorgomyte, but I had to use a polishing head on a Dremel with about five of them. The trem had been decked with the claw screws in tight, so I took the time to do a full setup.

There were a few surprises. It's got a Dragon 1 at the neck, which I assumed. An HFS at the bridge, which I didn't expect. I was a bit disappointed, but the 9 position on the rotary is really beautiful. Not sure if it was stock with an HFS, but the control cavity work looks original to me.

The other physical surprise was that it's a Wide-Thin neck. I haven't liked Wide-Thin in the past. This one seems on the thicker side, but my wrist wasn't happy after 40 minutes of playing today. That might make me move this one along. Problem is, I want to like it.

The last surprise about this one is its history. Supposedly, it was owned by Barry Bailey from the Atlanta Rhythm Section. No idea on the veracity of that, but it fits with the guitar not having been played in quite a while. Mr. Bailey died of MS complications two years ago. The other unusual bit of history is that it was originally purchased locally to me, at Guitar Center Twin Cities. There's a sticker on the warranty paperwork showing that. Somehow it's found its way back from Georgia to where it first was sold.

Anyways, it's a really nice, well-preserved guitar that sounds great. It just doesn't yet feel right for my particular hand. I want to see if I can adapt.

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97sbjxZ.jpg


ph6RjVH.jpg


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That's cool! I expected more fade on a purple that old, but it looks nice and dark yet.

I'd have thought so, too. I can't see any fading from where the pickup rings shield the finish. I've seen another CE22 that was a 2001ish that was purple without any fading. I'm not sure if it's a non-organic dye or if it was just kept in the case all the time. Does anybody know about the dye?
 
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