PRS Body Thickness - The Definitive Guide

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  1. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

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    and possibly completely unreliable :p

    I've started compiling a bit of info on the various body and cap thicknesses of PRS Guitars. A fair bit of this is second hand info, with a lot of it coming from a VR thread which states that all maples caps on US models are 0.804", and standard (e.g. CU24) "body" thickness is 1.125".

    Obviously there's a lot of models missing from this list, e.g. there's no SE info, so if anyone can get busy with a set of calipers and post up the info, I'll do my best to keep an updated list.

    I'm assuming the thickest part of a carved top guitar would be at the bridge, so getting an accurate measurement might be difficult with standard calipers.

    Also keen to get confirmation of any of the measurements. I do know the SC list isn't complete, looking for the original Singlecut thickness (apparently thicker than SCT but thinner than SC-58)

    Anyway thought it might make for an interesting forum project :)

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  2. Spikedog007

    Spikedog007 Life is good, it really is.

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    Interesting stuff.

    I'm not 100% sure but I think the Paul's Guitar and the Al Di models are the same thickness as the McCarty. I don't have micrometer to measure them though.
     
  3. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    I've got a couple of those - and I'm way thicker than all of them.
     
  4. Mikegarveyblues

    Mikegarveyblues Cream Crackered

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    Ok, your first SE...

    I don't have callipers so measurements may be out a mill or two. SE's don't have much carve so I can get a pretty accurate reading where the neck meets the body on the strap button side.

    Bernie Marsden

    Overall body thickness:

    53 - 54mm

    Maple cap thickness:

    11.5 - 12mm (no idea how thick the veneer is but may as well include it in cap thickness).
     
  5. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

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    Thanks Mike, I'll add it to the chart and upload when I get a few more :)
     
  6. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Interesting - I compared my Tremonti and DGT by sight the other day, and they were a lot closer than I expected. Looking at the chart, I'm not crazy - about a quarter-inch. Probably helps explain some of the warmer tone w/the DGT vs. some of the other double-cuts.
     
  7. bigcohoona

    bigcohoona big~C

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    That's not really fair. Why is the only guitar not listed my S2 Singlecut! :D
     
  8. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

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    That's all the info I could find, and it hasn't been confirmed. Feel free to take some measurements and post them up :)
     
  9. intothevoid

    intothevoid New Member

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    Any idea about the McCarty Singlecut? I'm pretty sure it is thicker than the 'Lp Style/SC245/Stripped 58/Tremonti/SC58' group.
     
  10. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

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    There's a few guys with them on here, hopefully one of them can take a measurement for us...
     
  11. bigcohoona

    bigcohoona big~C

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    Will do! I'll have to get a square to measure from btm to top of the bevel slant.
     
  12. Freebird

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    Is the S2 Custom 22 body thicker than the s2 Standard 22?
     
  13. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    The veneer is probably about 0.6 mm, if you have a look at @davegixer Tremonti project!
     
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  14. davegixer

    davegixer Stepping away from the sandpaper

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    Yeh, i'd say half a mil or so on the one I butchered, I mean removed.
     
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  15. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    drdoom8793 THAT guy at Chick-fil-A

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    I don't believe so.
     
  17. Fullmoon 1971

    Fullmoon 1971 New Member

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    Here's the measurements of my collection

    SE Santana (2013)
    32.5mm Mahogany Body
    13.5mm Veneered Maple Cap

    SE Tremonti (2010)
    SE Soapbar (2004)
    46mm Mahogany Body

    SE Bernie Marsden (2011)
    SE Marty Friedman (2014)
    SE Tremonti Custom (2014)

    42.5mm Thick Mahogany Body
    13.5mm Flamed Veneered Maple Cap

    SE Nick Catanese (2010)
    56.mm Mahogany Body

    My Son's
    SE Singlecut Trem (2012)
    32.5mm Mahogany Body
    13.5mm Veneered Maple Cap

    SE 245 Standard (2015)

    56mm Mahogany Body
     
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