#1
http://www.prsguitars.com/s2series/


My local just got one of each from the new(ish) S2 series. Figured I'd start a thread about these to raise awareness and start a discussion. The Starla and Mira are pretty good, but the Custom 24 blew me away! Super good value.

Anyone get their hands on 'em? It seems that if you change the bridge and nut for the real ones, and swap the pickups to your liking, you have yourself a hot-rodded PRS "studio" equivalent.
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#2
I've been waiting for this to happen a long long time. Once I pay off my strat that custom 24 is the perfect guitar for what I'm looking for.
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#3
A problem I have with the SEs is the flat tops, and these still have flat tops. They don't feel good IMO.
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#4
Quote by Offworld92
A problem I have with the SEs is the flat tops, and these still have flat tops. They don't feel good IMO.

+1 a flat top PRS is just wrong.

Get a used CE22/24 and you'll have a proper PRS for $1000ish.


The USA PRS bridges don't fit on the SE and the SE has the same bridge as the S2
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Quote by Offworld92
A problem I have with the SEs is the flat tops, and these still have flat tops. They don't feel good IMO.


interesting did not think of that I'll have to play one.
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#6
I just want to know who the blind sociopath was that was responsible for the pickguard on the Starla.

The one on the Mira is bad too but that whole guitar is a hot mess.

If they made an upscale version of the SE ONE that would be a great guitar.
#7
coming from a guy with two completely unattached headstock repairs it sounds stupid when i bitch about the scarf joint, but there it is.



personally i liked the mira s2 more than the custom 24 when i played it. the 24s seem to have ugly duck tops so as not to really confuse with the higher models.

but looking at the brass bridge posts, brass tuner posts you know paul had some input into these. keeping certain things corky enough for me i won't lie.

but as said, a used mira or starla can be had for around or under $1000. there's one on tgp for $875 shipped? (not a s2)

but for someone who only wants to buy new? it's def a "studio" type competition at the sam ash/sweetwater/musicians friend type mass joints.
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#8
I agree with Roc, those pickguards are a little offputting on the starla and mira. really digging the sienna finish on those two though.

I don't know much about PRS overall. are these pickups sort of like Duncan designed or maybe ESP brand pickups they put in their LTDs, and they'll likely need replacing?


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#9
I saw one at my local shop this weekend. It looked like a nice build, but it wouldn’t compel be to buy it over a $1,000 LP Studio, or for that matter, a PRS SE. And I think PRS is having trouble coming up with a compelling pitch, because the only thing they really can say is “Made in Maryland”. Hopefully PRS will make these more compelling after the first year the way Gibson has with the LPJ and SGJ models.

I do think the S2 line probably pushed Gibson to make some of the improvements just announced for the 2014 lineup. It would be great for guitarists to have the American guitar makers going to war to see who can give us the best $1,000 guitar with a good PLEK job.
#10
Quote by JustRooster
http://www.prsguitars.com/s2series/


My local just got one of each from the new(ish) S2 series. Figured I'd start a thread about these to raise awareness and start a discussion. The Starla and Mira are pretty good, but the Custom 24 blew me away! Super good value.

Anyone get their hands on 'em? It seems that if you change the bridge and nut for the real ones, and swap the pickups to your liking, you have yourself a hot-rodded PRS "studio" equivalent.


I dunno kinda hate the idea of paying $1000 + for a guitar that needs all of that. haven't played any of them yet so i'll reserve judgement.
#11
Quote by Robbgnarly
+1 a flat top PRS is just wrong.

Get a used CE22/24 and you'll have a proper PRS for $1000ish.


The USA PRS bridges don't fit on the SE and the SE has the same bridge as the S2


CE's are still at 12-1500 bucks for something alder bodied from the early 1990's. Custom 22's and 24's are still 15-1700 used. I love em but I simply can't spend that much on a used guitar. I'd rather have a Carvin but that's just me
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#12
A few friends of mine in touring bands are endorsed by PRS and have guitars from the s2 line. They all seem pretty happy with them.

I'll note though, that out of the three guys I know with the endorsements, two of them are in a buttrawk band and only use the instruments to bang out generic drop-tuned rubbish, so their opinions carry about as much weight as a post-it-note to me. However, the third is in a couple different touring bands and is a very good guitarist. He seems to like his guitar a lot, but I've also seen him continue to use some of his older favorites quite a bit too. I'm under the assumption that he's using his s2 (I think it's the 24) for a specific tuning and not so much as a "go-to" axe. The next time I get to chat with him in person, I plan on asking him for his more in-depth thoughts
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#13
I personally love everything about the Starla. I wouldn't change a thing about it. I don't think the Custom 24 fits with the Mira and Starla though. It stands out as the outsider, kind of like the Mira and Starla before the S2 line.
#14
Quote by RBM01991
CE's are still at 12-1500 bucks for something alder bodied from the early 1990's. Custom 22's and 24's are still 15-1700 used.


nope.
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Quote by Robbgnarly
+1 a flat top PRS is just wrong.

Get a used CE22/24 and you'll have a proper PRS for $1000ish.


The USA PRS bridges don't fit on the SE and the SE has the same bridge as the S2


Darn, didn't know that. Still, you could get a denser nut and maybe locking tuners to make up for the lighter bridge.

Quote by Roc8995
I just want to know who the blind sociopath was that was responsible for the pickguard on the Starla.

The one on the Mira is bad too but that whole guitar is a hot mess.

If they made an upscale version of the SE ONE that would be a great guitar.



Agreed. They're at Heid on Mineral Point, btw. I don't think Ginter's shot or GC have them.

Quote by monwobobbo
I dunno kinda hate the idea of paying $1000 + for a guitar that needs all of that. haven't played any of them yet so i'll reserve judgement.


Feels good to be part of the Bolt-On Masterrace. $1,000 gets you hand made custom from local luthiers with all the trimmings.

Quote by sjones
A few friends of mine in touring bands are endorsed by PRS and have guitars from the s2 line. They all seem pretty happy with them.

I'll note though, that out of the three guys I know with the endorsements, two of them are in a buttrawk band and only use the instruments to bang out generic drop-tuned rubbish, so their opinions carry about as much weight as a post-it-note to me. However, the third is in a couple different touring bands and is a very good guitarist. He seems to like his guitar a lot, but I've also seen him continue to use some of his older favorites quite a bit too. I'm under the assumption that he's using his s2 (I think it's the 24) for a specific tuning and not so much as a "go-to" axe. The next time I get to chat with him in person, I plan on asking him for his more in-depth thoughts



Even Buttrawkers can attest to things staying in tune or taking a beating, though. They'll have very solid opinions about frets 3-6.
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#16
Quote by gregs1020
nope.


Where are you seeing otherwise? Because Ebay buy it nows say so.
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#17
i watch the forum classifieds and craigslist locally. i saw a CE24 for $875 last week. (maple top version from 90s). i see mccartys and 24s for under $1500 regularly.

ebay this time of year is messed up. it's literally the best place to sell this time of year as people still think it's the best place to score cheap, when it's exactly the opposite.

watch tgp and hc classifieds, it's a buyers market for anything more than 5 years old PRS.
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Quote by gregs1020
i watch the forum classifieds and craigslist locally. i saw a CE24 for $875 last week. (maple top version from 90s). i see mccartys and 24s for under $1500 regularly.

ebay this time of year is messed up. it's literally the best place to sell this time of year as people still think it's the best place to score cheap, when it's exactly the opposite.

watch tgp and hc classifieds, it's a buyers market for anything more than 5 years old PRS.


Oh ok, I didn't know that.
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#19
yeah it's the xmass factor.

it's helped me dump a couple quick this year. people see the forum price (usually a bit lower) and get on the "let me think about this" train of thought.

then they see it on the bay and realize, it's not going to sit out there very long this time of year priced to move. so they jump on the forum price.

seriously, i moved two $1200-1500 guitars in the past month that way. normally a shit time of year to sell in the forums. ebay gives them a nudge.

OT the S2 guitars.
flat SE tops
scarf joint
thick poly finish.

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#20
Quote by gregs1020
i watch the forum classifieds and craigslist locally. i saw a CE24 for $875 last week. (maple top version from 90s). i see mccartys and 24s for under $1500 regularly.

ebay this time of year is messed up. it's literally the best place to sell this time of year as people still think it's the best place to score cheap, when it's exactly the opposite.

watch tgp and hc classifieds, it's a buyers market for anything more than 5 years old PRS.


Might be regional. My CL has CEs for $1200+ like the other guy said. Dumb prices, defeats the point of the CE.
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#21
Quote by RBM01991
CE's are still at 12-1500 bucks for something alder bodied from the early 1990's. Custom 22's and 24's are still 15-1700 used. I love em but I simply can't spend that much on a used guitar. I'd rather have a Carvin but that's just me

Not really. www.guitarcenter.com/usedgear has them starting at $900ish
you can get a CU22/24 or a standard 22/24 for $1500ish like greg said
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#22
TGP is where I scored my MiM Nashville loaded body for $150.
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#23
Quote by Offworld92
Might be regional. My CL has CEs for $1200+ like the other guy said. Dumb prices, defeats the point of the CE.

oh mine does too. if you watch adhuntr.com for them when the occasional one pops up for less it sells pretty quick, usually within a week.
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#24
I'm gonna sound like a PRS snob but i find that the S2 series kind of tarnishes the PRS exclusivity/reputation.

You know, the PRS guitars are those gorgeous and magnificent guitars you want to have but can't afford and you tell yourself "one day i'll have a real one". The day you buy your first real PRS feels like heaven
The S2 have the PRS look but feel like glorified SE guitars, in my mind.

I'll have to test them though, and i'm sure they are of very high quality.
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#25
I tried a S2 C24 at my local shop and I loved it, blew away any LP Standard I've tried, maybe I just got a great playing one but it was awesome
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#26
I think folks are getting caught up on the spec sheet. They sound pretty darn good and play better.
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#27
Quote by JustRooster
I think folks are getting caught up on the spec sheet. They sound pretty darn good and play better.

The flat top kills it for me. and at that price point all the hardware should be made in USA. Besides the CE22/24 line are better and cheaper second hand

Yes they were decent playing and sounding guitars, but they are a little over priced IMO and I love PRS
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