PRS 513 25th ANNIVERSARY... OPINIONS?

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  1. lomat83

    lomat83 New Member

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    Hi everybody, this is my first post (please, forgive my english...). I have the chance to exchange my Gibson LP Custom 2008 with a 513 PRS 25th anniversary charcoal burst. (I've already owned a PRS custom 24).
    Someone owns a 513? How it sounds compared to custom 24? Thanks everybody.
     
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  2. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    I do not own a 513 but i can tell you it will be significantly different from your cu24 or your LP.

    The earlier ones had circuit board involved but i think the later ones were wired without.

    I think id opt for one without circuit board.
     
  3. Anachronism

    Anachronism New Member

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    I love my 513, but it will be different from a CU 24 and very different from a LP.

    The 513 offers great versatility and tone. What it doesn’t offer is perfect imitation. If you expect a 513 to be dead-on for a strat or LP or CU 24 tone you will be disappointed. If you want something that sounds good and offers a lot of single-coil and humbucking tones, you’ll love it.
     
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  4. Mozzi

    Mozzi https://imgur.com/user/BAMozzy

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    Its more versatile than your Gibson but you won't be able to do any 'Double Humbucker' type tones like the LP can. Its closer to a Strat too in terms of scale length - a bit longer than the Custom 24 so a but more tension in the strings. It won't sound like a Custom 24 either because part of the Custom 24 sound is where the Neck Pick Up is positioned in relation to the bridge.

    The 513 is very much its own thing - a very versatile thing but still different from both a Les Paul and Custom 24. I have the 509 myself which is 'similar' to a 513 in some ways - same basic platform in terms of design although different PU's and swaps out the 3way voicing (SC, Clear & Heavy) for individual toggles to switch between SC and Humbucker. Its called a 513 because it has 5 Single Coils and 13 different configurations for Pick-up selections compared to 09 with the 509. That's what makes it so versatile but whether you will get on with it, find it to be the right Guitar for you or not, you won't know until you try it.

    Its kind of like asking whether you should swap a 4x4 with a sports car. Both different motors, both have a different feel, both designed for different things and suited to different needs. You don't go buying a sports car if you plan on driving on rough surfaces, plan on taking it off road. The 513 is more of a rally car in that it will go off road, will go fast on tarmac etc but its not a 'specialist' in off road mountaineering or track day racing. In other words its very versatile but has its own 'sounds' that can get close to sounding like other instruments - but really its more its own thing so try it first!
     
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    I LOVE my 513 is all I will say and would take it over a LP any day for "ME"
     
  6. Bill SAS 513

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

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    I have the older ones (1 maple topped, 1 Swamp) and with the 3 way switch, I'm pretty danged happy with the HB tones!! And pretty comparable to a LP...but, that's just me...??
     
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