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Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by slev, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Tremontinator

    Tremontinator Banned

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    Aren't CEs part of the core line? MIA and not PS or S2?

    I know cores are better. I'm just saying that SEs are so well made that I wonder how much better?

    That McCarty DC 594 was far and away hands down the best guitar I've ever played. Magical. As mentioned above. As for frets and nuts on S2s, no idea.

    Finish thickness? In the grand scheme of everything and all factors, how much does that really affect tone? Negligibly at best, I would expect.

    I can understand how one piece of wood will vibrate better than many glued together. When I'm in the zone, I feel my SE vibrating like crazy. I can't imagine how a core or PS model would act.
     
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    Thanks mate
     
  3. pauloqs

    pauloqs PRS McCarty

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    I’m not talking about tone. I’m talking about feel and playability. Tone is subjective. The things that I mentioned are not.

    No CE is not a part of the Core line, it is a part of the bolt on line alongside the SS. They are indeed MIA, which by the way so is the S2s. They are built in the same Maryland factory as the Core line. They use the same frets and nuts. The hardtail S2s will also have the same bridge as the Core hardtails. The S2s will have SE electronics and
     
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  4. Tremontinator

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    What's SS?

    I'm aware of
    SE
    S2
    CE
    Core
    PS
     
  5. pauloqs

    pauloqs PRS McCarty

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    Silver Sky
     
  6. Antmax

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    My only grumble with SE's is the softer fret wire. I have a VM squire thats 4 years old and my 1 year old Zach Myers has equivalent fret wear. My older Ibanez SZ has less than both those, My Evo and stainless fret guitars have none and my CU24 is too new at 6 months but I expect it's going to be the same as the Zach Myers.

    I think fret wear is probably the one thing that will eventually encourage me to upgrade to a higher tier PRS instrument. Fit and finish, comfort and playability seems to be exceptional with all PRS guitars. Sometimes the pickups seem a bit flat to me, but it usually only takes a boost and small EQ adjustment to fill out the frequencies.


    I noticed a little thinness to my 85/15 's' pickups in my newer CU24 compared to say my Ibanez with coil splits. Boost helps but it does seem leaner sounding than I would expect.
     
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    Paul Reed Stratocaster as one YouTuber put it
     
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    [​IMG]

    Just barely got the Mann Made black chrome tuners installed.

    Don't these humdingers look nice?

    White chrome was $90 but, I just said to hell with it, I wanna be different so, black chrome were $130


    NOTE:
    My PRSd said the mounting screws that come with the Mann Made tuners weren't long enough so, he had to reuse the factory ones.
    I'm good with it.
     
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    zone New Member

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    I know I’m late to the party here, but I just replaced the stock 85/15 “S” pickups in my SVN with a set of Seymour Duncan’s SH-5 and SH-2n.

    The stock pups are slightly smaller in width than the Duncan’s so I had to file the tiniest amount off the “wing” of the Duncan’s where the spring and screw go through. Literally two passes with a file.
    Fits perfectly now.

    Completely changed the guitar for the better - in my opinion.
     
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  11. NBW

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    I own an SE Standard 24. I like it so much I added the Mann tuners (the ones that are PRS branded) and I set of Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays. I really like how the PRS plays. I think I would have to spend a lot more to get the same playability.
     
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  12. Tremontinator

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    The only guitar that plays better than an SE, is a US model
     
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  13. ruger9

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    Actually, I think the Fender MIMs play better... I had an SE.... singlecut, put DGT pickups in it, DGT wiring, USA knobs, gold hardware, after a dinged it really bad I even sanded the top down and refinished it in a sort of root beer/black gold color..... came out pretty nice I think.

    But every Fender MIM has been better. Not by much- the SEs are good instruments. Not slagging them at all. All owning the SE did was make me want a USA lol. BUT... didn't play it much, those DGTs sounded incredible, but I just couldn't get on with the SC body or the neck profile (whatever it is on the SEs)... so I sold it. But I'm planning on getting a DGT this year. It'll have to be used, so I'm just waiting for the right one to come along...

    Also had an SE One for a very short time; it just felt too light, not enough balls for me.

    Here's my modded SE:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah we're not gonna be able to have a discussion.


    Peace
     
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    Most people only test two guitars side by side and don't realize just the volume pots vary by 20% in value through normal production even when set at '10', caps and pickups have wide variation too. They often confuse this variation with whatever else they are trying to test (maple vs rosewood fret boards, number of glued boards in the body, or whatever). When they try swapping parts they are often setting pickup heights to the strings differently or even strumming strings in different spots. Very difficult for casual testing and why so many people get uptight about 'tone wood' comparisons because it also bumps up against pricing perceptions.

    It's not just in guitars, here's a fun look at the wine industry.



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  16. Tremontinator

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    I never liked wine. Makes me dry mouth and thirsty. Tastes awful, too. Just my opinion.


    Here's the facts:

    60ish% of your sound is your amp
    25ish% is your pedals
    10ish% is your pups
    5ish% is everything else (woods wires strings hands etc)
     
  17. ruger9

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    LOL, someone needs to learn tolerance of other's opinions....

    YOU may not be able to have a discussion, but I am quite capable...

    "Peace"
     
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  18. toothace

    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

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    The wine comparison is interesting...it is something else that can be completely a matter of personal taste (pun intended). For the uneducated, wine is wine as a guitar is a guitar.(you don't know what you don't know) However...Once you start to learn and appreciate the nuances from one to another, well...worlds start to open up you might never know existed. There are great wines in the $8-15 range, that you could drink every day and not wish for anything else.(you can buy a guitar for $100, and strum it til the cows come home, and love it...)) There are $50 bottles of wine that you'd wish you had bought 4 $12 bottles instead.(Or a$4000 guitar) It's all a matter of taste. You can choose to ignore the complexities and multiple levels of taste (in wine or guitar) or you can fall into the abyss of what can be created by the finest of craftsmen in their field. I'll take a Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley and my PRS please;)
     
  19. bodia

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

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    I think Joe would say differently.

     
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  20. Tremontinator

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    I said ish on percentages. That means I'm not saying it's exact
     

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