SE 245s...

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  1. Robert Lavin

    Robert Lavin New Member

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    Hi All,

    I'm a relatively recent PRS owner but seem to have caught the bug.

    I've ended up with an SE245 but was wondering what the difference between this and the Flamed Maple topped version is? Is it just a veneer or is there a maple cap like there (apparently) is with the Custom 22/24? The price difference here in the UK suggests an awfully expensive piece of veneer if that's all it is...

    I feel like I've done a lot of searching but not found a definite answer.

    Thanks all,

    Rob.
     
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  2. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Does yours look similar to this?

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  3. bodia

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

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    That looks pretty hot!
     
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  4. Iceman101

    Iceman101 There's always room for one more.....

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    Most likely different TRC :p
     
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  5. Robert Lavin

    Robert Lavin New Member

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    Not as pretty ☹️, but yes.

    I've got the standard mahogany model but kind of prefer the looks of the maple topped version. I was wondering if the differences run any deeper than just a veneer.

    Thanks.
     
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  6. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    The maple veneered one has a plain maple cap under the veneer.

    The difference in price will be as a result of different construction processes and materials.

    There will be a tonal difference and of course a cosmetic one also.

    Maybe @ScottR could chime in, he has a bonnie SE245.
     
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  7. Robert Lavin

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    Thank you.

    I'd seen conflicting info on the web so, given the forum where I asked this question, I'm going to take that as definitive!

    Thanks again.
     
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  8. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Apologies, on line description indicates no maple cap under the veneer.

    Just goes to show the great value of the standard!

    Ok, cancel that! PRS site says bevelled maple cap, veneer and mahogany back.

    So yes my information is “definitive” :D
     
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  9. Robert Lavin

    Robert Lavin New Member

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    No worries.

    This is the problem I'm getting. In some places it says there is a maple cap, in others it doesn't.

    Does the year of manufacture make a difference?
     
  10. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Maybe someone else can comment about year of construction.
     
  11. Robert Lavin

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    Specifically, a 2013 model.

    Thanks all.
     
  12. kipkohl

    kipkohl New Member

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    I can't speak to differences in model years, but I'm pretty sure any SE model with a maple veneer has a maple cap underneath. I have an SE245(2019) and it definitely has a maple cap. You can see the different woods in the cut. I don't think PRS would "cheap out" and just put a maple veneer over the body wood.
     
  13. Robert Lavin

    Robert Lavin New Member

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    I thought that as well.

    Well, there's a maple topped one on its way to me now. I'm telling myself I'll play it against the plain mahogany one I've got and move one of them on...
     
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  14. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Atta boy!

    Looking forward to your new guitar day thread.
     
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  15. bodia

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

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    Nice! Face it.....you’ll keep both! :D
     
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  16. kipkohl

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    What Bodia said!
     
  17. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    The old SE Soapbar II maple is the only one without a maple top under the veneer IIRC.
     
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  18. kipkohl

    kipkohl New Member

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    I stand corrected! I cannot believe the knowledge base contained in this forum.
     
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  19. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    Yeah sorry, my intention wasn’t to correct you... just more of a factoid.
     
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  20. kipkohl

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    Hey, no need to be sorry, I wasn't offended in any manner.
     

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