Want to buy first PRS, who wants to help?

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  1. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    +1 on the used market. I have bought both gently used and horribly abused PRS guitars, and a setup and a little bit of electrical work go a long way. And flipping them has been easy. Worst case was a plek job and I made that back on the resale. They are very well made guitars. I don't have a 24 fret to offer you, but I very often have a PRS for sale to make room for the PRS I've ordered...

    (6 weeks till my 594SC arrives)
     
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  2. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    Where else are you going to get a stranger's DNA to leave at the crime scene? Or have I said too much...?
     
  3. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    Absolutely!
     
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  4. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Naughty!! ;)
     
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  5. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    Thanks for you response but there are reasons I can’t make that road trip. I have a sick family member that required care when I’m not at work and they can’t make that two hour trip. Believe me, I think when people post that they aren’t able to get hands on by going on a road trip folks should just accept that rather than try to teach them. I appreciate your experience but that can’t be my experience...which is why I’m here.
     
  6. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    Ok, who the hell bought my guitar that I posted the pic of?! Lol!
     
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  7. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Ok Les, you’re not being entirely honest about the “OCD” thing, otherwise your name would be (as I know it) “Ace Efhlmnss”!!

    But then you would probably be from Wales with a surname like that. Not that there is anything wrong with Wales! (My real surname maybe proves me wrong!)o_O:D
     
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  8. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    Not me.
     
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  9. rnodern

    rnodern Just one more.....

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    Have you considered buying a used CE? The pre 2010 CE's are better IMO.
    The new CE have cheaper parts, and a shallower "ergonomic" top carve. You can pick an excellent condition mid 2000's CE for a very reasonable price.
     
  10. jdag

    jdag New Member

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    Great color...is that an older model or custom color? I've not seen that one before.
     
  11. Deli6505

    Deli6505 Rockin' the D!

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    Like all the wise men (or wiseguys) before me have said, pick the one that feels and sounds right to you and take the leap of faith. Whichever you choose, SE to Private Stock, you can rest assured that you are getting a high quality instrument that will last you a lifetime and inspire you to pursue any musical endeavor you may have. Some of us were there at the beginning and some of us are recent arrivals to the PRS camp but no matter how or when we all got here, there is a tremendous sense of pride we all freely share in and it's certainly great company to keep.
     
  12. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    I’m not certain, I came across it on Reverb and would be buying it this weekend but unfortunately it sold. The OP said the color was charcoal blue burst. I’ve run into the same scheme with red and green but imo they don’t look as nice.
     
  13. jdag

    jdag New Member

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    I've seen the red/charcoal burst before (I think it is a Sweetwater exclusive). But wow, that blue/charcoal is hot!
     
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  14. kes7u

    kes7u Wife's husband and Dog's dad

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    If I found myself in your situation, I would buy new from a store with a strong return policy. The fact is that you're really not sure exactly what you want. If you love what you buy initially, great! You have a guitar you love. And warranty. And lack of stranger DNA. If you don't, you can return it and perhaps try something else.

    If you buy used and don't care for it, you then have to turn around and sell it. And hopefully not have to deal with any crap from your subsequent customer. And the time required, given that you already seem to be time constrained. If saving a few bucks initially to go through that trouble is appealing to you, then by all means go in that direction. Being in your shoes, though, I would not go there.

    Kevin
     
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  15. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Pros and cons both ways.

    Whatever you decide and which ever way you go, keep us informed.

    And remember photos, we need a “FIX” every so often, so we can live vicariously through others!:D
     
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  16. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    The guitar gods smiled upon me today. Through no doing of my own my wife and her family arranged for me to be able to go guitar shopping in a large-ish metro area. I know a lot of folks don’t like guitar center but when you don’t have anything remotely close to you for years it is Shang-ri-la!(hope that’s right) I played everything in the place. Nothing was really that great or should I say that much greater than my Strat style guitar I currently play. They had only four PRS’s, three S2s and a used Se. The S2s were the best guitars in the House. I even played a 75 gibby LP Custom and not near as good. I wanted to play a CE-24 however so I found an amazing shop that is also a PRS dealer. They had some other S2s as well and a really nice used custom 24 se. after playing all day I can say that the SE’s aren’t near the guitars that the S2’s and CE’s are. But they are nice in their own right. But frankly for the price I think an Agile AL-3200 from Rondo is a much nicer guitar and plays better than all the SE’s I played for less money. I wanted to love the SEs because it would save me significant money but I couldn’t. The S2’s and the CE’s are a completely different story. I’m truly in love with the CE. All the tones are there and then some, it’s beautiful and plays so easily! The S2 plays the same but didn’t sound quite as dynamic and isn’t quite as beautiful. The price difference between the two makes the CE the clear winner because it’s good to go out of the box. I’ll just need to get a hard case for it.

    I talked with the owner for quite some time while I was there and he agreed to pretty steep discounts on whichever one I wanted. I’ll basically be getting a new CE for used money. Plus he’s going to throw in a full set up. So that’s what I’ll be doing in about two or three weeks. That’ll be my next trip down there. I’ll definitely post a NGD thread and pics when it’s in my eager hands!! Thanks for all the advice and help!
     
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  17. MichaelS

    MichaelS I'm here for the free kool-aid...

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    CEs are great. Start ordering the NOS2000 trem from MannMade already... they have quite the backlog usually.
     
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  18. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    I just googled it and it looks like they are in stock and ready to ship in 1-2 days.
     
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  19. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf I'm a Dog! I do Dog Things!

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    so I don't understand, are you going to order a new one through him?
    Is it new is it used? you were possibly considering the S2, what color is it you left a lot of details out.
    here's the one you should buy, you need to get something with an exciting motivating color, I like this one almost as much as I like blue one, but these pickups are awesome.
    5708's are in my opinion the best pickup PRS makes,

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2017-PRS-C...-57-08s-Faded-Grey-Black-Cherry-/132527890574

    order it and have it by the middle of next week.
     
  20. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    It’s new and a more traditional amber burst kind of color. I may see if he’d extend that offer to a new order so I can get that charcoal blue burst. But I do like the more traditional colors as well. The one I like has the 85/15 pups and they sound amazing. There wasn’t anything I wanted that I couldn’t get, including a nice single coil sound.

    That’s a nice guitar but that paint scheme isn’t really my cup of tea. It’s fun to look at but I wouldn’t want to ALWAYS look at it.
     

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