#1
I'm really thinking about buying a PRS SE Custom 24 in tobacco sunburst, but I've never owned a PRS or a Paul Reed Smith and I'm not sure yet if it's the best choice for me. Let me explain.

I need a "go to guitar" to pick up and play whenever I feel like it. For this purpouse I recently bought a Fender Telecaster standard that I really like, but I found out it's just a very different beast from what I need it to be. Right now I mostly play high-gain stuff: some beginner blues, classic rock, punk-rock, grunge and even a bit of metal. The Telecaster is very versatile but it's just not made for those genres, and I always find myself wanting a fuller tone.

In other words, I'd like a great guitar that plays great and it's as versatile as it can be, but very well-versed for those genre of music I like to play. Also, I can't seem to find which kind of frets does the SE Custom 24 have. I like medium jumbos the most, but I can still manage with jumbos. Not bigger than those! I had a LTD EC-1000 with Extra Jumbo frets and I absolutely hated them!

I put beforehand that I probably will not be able to try the guitar before buying it. So, do you think the SE Custom 24 is the guitar I'm looking for?

Thanks a lot!
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#2
davidrf I have a PRS SE Cu22 and it's great for what you're talking about. It's a solid guitar if its treated well. But as with most guitars you get what you pay for. If you're only looking to spend about $800 thats a good guitar to grab but I've since upgraded to a $2500+ guitar which has rendered that thing useless to me. Get what you can afford as it'll be a better long term investment but if $800 is your budget you're probably right on the money with that axe.
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#3
I own an SE Cu24 30th.

It's my main guitar over my MIJ ESP.
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#4
Quote by oneblackened
I own an SE Cu24 30th.

It's my main guitar over my MIJ ESP.


Wow... I had a LTD EC-1000 and I hated the frets but the guitar itself was astonishingly good. If you choose the PRS over an ESP, that's something
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#5
Quote by thedyslexialove
davidrf I have a PRS SE Cu22 and it's great for what you're talking about. It's a solid guitar if its treated well. But as with most guitars you get what you pay for. If you're only looking to spend about $800 thats a good guitar to grab but I've since upgraded to a $2500+ guitar which has rendered that thing useless to me. Get what you can afford as it'll be a better long term investment but if $800 is your budget you're probably right on the money with that axe.


Yeah, thanks for the reply. It has to be a go-to guitar so I don't want to spend it more than 7-800$ on it.

I'm a bit worried about the resell value though... very often I fall in love with a guitar but I resell it after a few months because the love fades. I hope this won't be the case, since I reckon the resell value for a PRS is not so amazing...
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#6
I have that very guitar and I'd say it's very versatile with those genres. I mostly use it to play punk rock and metal, but it can definitely pull off that bluesy sound.

I'm not too familiar with fret sizes, but they're not jumbo or spread apart that much. I'd say they're about average. Maybe a little smaller than your average fender strat.

As for resell, I bought mine on eBay refurbished for about $500 with the travel bag. Of course, personally, I'd never dream of selling it.
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#7
Quote by davidrf
Yeah, thanks for the reply. It has to be a go-to guitar so I don't want to spend it more than 7-800$ on it.

I'm a bit worried about the resell value though... very often I fall in love with a guitar but I resell it after a few months because the love fades. I hope this won't be the case, since I reckon the resell value for a PRS is not so amazing...


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#8
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That's why you buy used, let someone else take the depreciation hit


The fact is I can't find a lot of used ones in my area Tons of Strats, Epiphone Les Pauls and Teles, but almost no PRS...
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#9
I have an older SE EG. My scale is closer to the Gibson 24.75 or 25 but my strat scale is 25.5.

It's basically a 22, retailed for the same price as the newer se custom 24 but man does that new SE look amazing. Inlays were only 1/2 moons too.

Just wow. I'm tempted to save for one now.
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#10
the holcomb se is the way to go right now.
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#11
I bought it. PRS SE Custom 24 Tobacco Burst. I went to a store to try that and other guitars. I tried the Gibson Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute T 2016 and the Gibson Les Paul Studio Satin T 2016 too.

The Les Pauls, especially the Tribute, were a mess. In the tribute, the input jack was not perfectly working and gave an intermittent signal. I don't know if it needed to be tightnen or it was a soldering problem, but it was annoyng. The setup was not so great... pretty high action. The overall feeling of the paint job and tactile feeling were kinda cheap.

Then I tried the PRS SE Custom 24 in Tobacco Burst. From the very first moment I held it, I loved it. In comparison, the Les Paul felt and looked like a damn toy. The guitar was very resonant, the fretboard was magnificent (I tought the Les Paul fretboard was nice, but this was on a whole another level)... To me, comparing those guitars is pure madness. The PRS felt so much better I can't express it with words.

I instantly fell in love and bought it. The tone is different from the Les Paul, and I love that Les Paul tone (those pickups in the Tribute really are good) but overall, to me, there's really no question on what's the better guitar.

Furthermore, the PRS was the last one left and they gave me a huge discount (22%) ... I got it for a price many people sell used ones. I'll post a proper NGD thread when I'll have nice photos.
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#12
If you're lookinf to spend $800 on a new SE, look for a nice used CE22. They can be had in the $700-1000 range.
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