Silly question time

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  1. Pragmatist

    Pragmatist British invasion

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    So after a long lay off i am back into my guitars and recently purchased a PRS custom 24 which out of the box seems to play beautifully however i'm no expert. Would it be good practice to have a professional set up? I know this is usually advised with most guitars but would you still do it even with a core brand new PRS?
    Silly question over and thanks in advance,

    Matty
     
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  2. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I’ve never had to do my own setup on a new PRS.
    If it feels good to you, leave it as is.
     
  3. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    ^What he said.


    And congrats! Post some pics, or how do we know you didn't buy a Hello Kitty??o_O
     
  4. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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  5. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    You might be on to something here, a brand new hello kitty would need a setup
     
  6. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    Nope.

    And, congrats and welcome! (We need pics, being a very visual site, here)
     
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  7. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans Portsmouth uk

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    'Playing beautifully' sounds good enough to me!

    However its worth bearing in mind that no matter how nicely set up a guitar is before it leaves the factory, it will then likely be shipped hundreds or thousands of miles. That means spending many hours in various staging / collection depots, often overnight in cold temperatures.

    Here in the uk, the last core Custom 24 I played (at Guitar Village Farnham) was definitely in need of a set up. I suspect it one reason it remained on stock so long. It certainly wasnt its looks that was at fault. It was one of the most beautiful quilt tops I had ever seen.
     
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  8. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    As has been said in some form or another above, PRSi do not need a set up when purchased new. However, there are two reasons you still may want to do it:

    1. Something has happened during shipping (as mentioned above, but kind of rare).

    2. It's just not set up the way you like.

    Either way, if it's not thrilling you because of the set up, have it done to your liking. If you are just wondering, but not experiencing any issues, no. Just play the thing.
     
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  9. mark cassidy

    mark cassidy New Member

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    What he said what he said. I am capable of basic setups (string height, truss rod etc) but the S2 24 I got was dead on perfect out the box. Still playing it as is a year later with only string replacements done.
     
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  10. Pragmatist

    Pragmatist British invasion

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  11. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 What Would Evel Knievel Do?

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    PRS kinda prides themselves on building guitars and shipping them already set up right out of the box. So if it's new, probably doesn't need anything except a good amp to plug it into.
     
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  12. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Congratulations Matty, she’s a beauty!
     
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  13. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Feed & Seed

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    Congratulations, Matty,

    As others have already said, if it's new factory-fresh PRS, no need for a set-up/intonation, unless you prefer something with drastically larger string gauge, different neck relief, or pickup height.
     
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  14. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    That’s a beauty! Congrats!!!

    Of all the PRS I’ve bought, only one needed a set up when it was new, and that was the Artist V. Not sure what happened w/the neck, but when they pulled it off the wall for me to play, it was unplayable. They adjusted the truss rod and checked it all out, and it was a gem after that.
     
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  15. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    So, you've got the answer already. I've never had to do anything to any of mine when I bought them. The only exception might be, if you really want to switch string gauges and aren't comfortable even doing minor setup work to adjust for that. If not, leveling the bridge after every restring is the only thing I've ever done to any of mine. Even my 22 year old one.
     
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  16. Huggy B

    Huggy B Hmm... kinda tangy.

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    If it plays & sounds great, no need, if it doesn't, a pro setup is a good thing, but ...

    To be able to do your own setup is priceless, and you will get to understand your guitar in a much more intimate way if you master the skill.
     
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