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Well. After being loyal to the Ibanez brand and over almost a decade owning many Ibanez guitars. I finally decided to buy a PRS.

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I can't believe I did it. I'm sorry to say, it was pretty much impulse.
I mean I've always liked PRS's. I've always played with the thought of owning one. But I didn't think I'd get one anytime soon....
She's amazing. 05' Custom 22 10-top tortoise shell. Sounds amazing. Looks amazing.
I do agree this isn't quite a "10-top". But it is nice. I'd readily admit thats maybe a 7 or 8 at best. But it's only cosmetic. What made me finally buy one is the tone. It just sounds so clear and full.
Dont get me wrong I've loved my Ibanez guitars and honestly, they dont sound that bad compared to this guitar. But it does go an extra mile or 2. Or 5.
Im not a big fan of the bridge pickup. Not terrible, but not quite me. I'm hoping I can get maybe a Duncan JB with a chrome cover but Im not sure. I think I'd rather keep both chrome covered as oppose to open coils.
Anyway I got a great deal on it brand new. It sells at GC for 2800. I payed a great deal less being a GC employee.
Oh and the trem!!! I usually hate trems. And I dont even really plan on using it much. But DAMN is that stable!!! Its hard to knock this sucker out of tune. Fantastic guitar.

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I've never been fond of PRS guitars, i never really liked the feel of the necks. I wouldn't mind getting a custom job done with an edge in it, but that's a lot of money lol
 

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Congrats, and welcome to the dark side!! :) That's one sharp looking CU22--I've always been a big fan of the tortoise shell finish. (I've always kinda dug the PRS trem, too... I know it's not a Floyd, but it's still pretty stable)

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Nice guitar man
My friend has the same one.
I'm not much of a PRS fan, but they are really nice guitars, I'd go as far to say really really nice :)
Don't feel so bad about betraying Ibanez, it's a little known secret I am down to 1 Ibanez, and there probably won't be many more in my future, except maybe a Universe.
 

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Nice guitar man. Great guitars but I never really got into them myself (even though I sell 'em at work). Still prefer my RG1880S and my RG8670 over all the PRS' I've tried over the years.

Is that a wide-fat or a wide-thin neck on it?
 

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Thank you guys for the compliments!

Their Custom series are generally maple tops with mahogany backs. A classic combo of course. I believe thats what makes them different then the Standards, which are just solid mahogany I believe...

Im still surprised I did it. I have a distinct RG tattooed on my right forearm. Ive always been an RG guy. Completely different then a PRS. Then I bought an SZ, built alot like a PRS, and loved it. I got sucked in to the set-neck,maple topped mahogany type guitars.

Oh yea and its a wide-fat neck carve. Now I've never played one of their thin neck carves and now I'm afraid to because I might like it much more. And when it comes to spending over 2G's on a guitar I'd probably want that kind of a preference to be included.

With that said I still love how the guitar plays. Im starting to think I may(and man do I hope) that I'm gonna grow to like the fat carve better. To some degree I really like it at this moment because it's so radically different then what Im used to. I'm generally a pretty confused person as you can probably tell.

So I'm playing the PRS through my rig for probably a good 45 minutes. Diggin on it. And I suddenly decide to switch to my SZ520. And man. Wow. Again, I still love my Ibanez guitars and they sound great. But you know what the 1st thing that came to mind when I switched... "Toy". Thats almost how the SZ felt compared to the PRS. I also noticed right away how much sweeter chords sound on the PRS. I dont want to be bashing Ibanez in any way shape or form right now. Im just commenting on the differences I found in the 2 instruments. I would sure hope a guitar that costs more then my current entire collection would sound sweeter. Or else that crap would be heading right back to GC!!!

So Its late. Im ranting. And I have really bad writing skills. So I'll stop annoying you guys. But one last comment I'll make. At this point, and this could change, I would say the guitar was worth the money. I don't know how people can return these guitars. They seem addicting. I may be selling a few guitars soon so I'll keep you guys posted.

Once again thanks for the nice compliments. Good night!!

chris
 

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i invested in a McCarty too but i keep going back to all my Ibanez guitars...

my PRS McCarty


the guitar which makes me glad i embrace Ibanez: my SZ2020
 

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Interesting thread.
I too have never really liked PRS either, but the other day I sat down and played a hollowbody II in Matteo Blue with the piezo bridge......OMG!

Now I'm seriously considering selling off a few guitars for cash to grab one.
These are not cheap guitars, but man, do they play well!!!
 

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I dig PRS. They are built like tanks, very solid. I've owned 5 of them and traded every one. But lately I found myself missing them. Playing a buddys made me really miss one. So I put a Gibson ES335 up for trade on another site. Then decided to call an old friend, Jim Root, whos home now and ask him if he'd be interested in a trade. He use to play PRS onstage. He has wanted a 335 for some time so I went to his house and checked out his guitars. Man does that guy have ALOT of Fenders. Anyway I traded for one of his old Standards. It's a custom job. All black. 2 factory EMG's. 24 fret neck. 1 volume knob and 1 3 way Blade selector. Tone forever. I think it's tuned to C Sharp or some ungoddly tuning like that. Best part is on the back of the headstock. It's written "Custom Made for James Root #4". Under that is Paul's signature, in that same silver pen they use for the serial number. Really cool. I've always wanted one of his guitars. It's a beast...

Anyhoo, long story short, I like PRS...

I'm gonna edit this and tell you about the custom Ibanez he had. I know its off topic but I didn't want to start a new thread for this. He was between Jackson and PRS and Ibanez wanted him as an endorser so they sent him this guitar. It's a RG. It's a lighter red color, Jim said he saw it on one of Ibanez's basses and liked the color. It's satin finish though, not clearcoat. Same pickups as a JS. Stringthrough body. 24 frets. Matching headstock. Here's the cool part. It's a bare maple fretboard with no inlays. Looks very tough. Had the thick Skunk Stripe that ran to the top of the headstock, like the customs do. Never played. Mint as the day it shipped. He never put EMG's in it even. He wanted to trade me that one but I had to hold out for a PRS. Sorry to get off topic...
 

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I love PRS guitars, they make some absolutely gorgeous stuff. I played one onstage for a few years as my main guitar, because it was so versatile. It never was really a "10" for anything though, so I let it go when I stopped playing out. It was very good for everything from jazz to punk, but not perfect for anything. (In retrospect, it was probably my amp at the time, not the CE24) They are fine guitars, and I love those tuners, I think they're the best out there. Congrats on a nice guitar!

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Congratz on the guitar. Im no fan of PRS, but I only tried a couple (a cutsom 24 with birds and flamed maple top) and the other one was made of ash and bolt on.

I tried them along with the Yamaha 1412 and Gibson Les Paul I used to own (although I mostly have Ibanez) and I prefered the sound of the Les Paul, although the one the felt like the best overall guitar was the 1412 (it was the better looking and better playing of them IMHO). Both the PRS and the 1412 had a superior quality in the fit and finish department. But the PRS had the best top and felt more robust than the rest. You can really see they are very well built, and they have an overall high quality feel to them.

Enjoy!
 

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I'd prefer an Ibanez over a PRS because a PRS simply is overpriced.
Hell, I bet I can get a used JEM10th for considerably less than a Custom 24 Artist

Sorry, accidentally posted unfinished post.
 

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I'd prefer an Ibanez over a PRS because a PRS simply is overpriced.
Hell, I bet I can get a used JEM10th for considerably less than a Custom 24 Artist.
By the way, a PRS does look sweet:grin:.
 

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I got sucked in to the set-neck,maple topped mahogany type guitars.

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So I'm playing the PRS through my rig for probably a good 45 minutes. Diggin on it. And I suddenly decide to switch to my SZ520. And man. Wow. Again, I still love my Ibanez guitars and they sound great. But you know what the 1st thing that came to mind when I switched... "Toy". Thats almost how the SZ felt compared to the PRS. I also noticed right away how much sweeter chords sound on the PRS. I dont want to be bashing Ibanez in any way shape or form right now. Im just commenting on the differences I found in the 2 instruments. I would sure hope a guitar that costs more then my current entire collection would sound sweeter.
Yeah, I know how the "getting sucked in" works... I got sucked in through more of a roundabout way. I was playing nothing but RG's (think I was up to 17 Prestiges/J-Customs/USA Customs/sig models at that point), and my then-fiancee-now-wife loaned me her late '70's Les Paul Pro (with P90's, nonetheless), and I totally fell in love with it. I began my quest for the ultimate maple/mahogany set-neck 24-fret fixed-bridge axe, picked up a Custom 24, and the rest was history.

Shortly after I sold all the Ibanezes to pick up several more PRS's, my bandmate went through a similar transition, but he traded a couple RG's for SZ's and upgraded them (new electronics, tuners). I remember the first time he brought 'em to practice... thought they looked great, sounded great, but "toy" was the exact word I used to describe their feel compared to the PRS's. And I'm not trying to dog Ibanez either, but there really was a night & day difference.

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Hey bduersch,
You have quite an impressive collection!!! Wow. I have a quick question...Do you perfer the thin or fat neck carve??
I just played a thin carve on another PRS we have at work. I like the feel of it, but the color is nasty green. All the other PRS's we have here are thick carve.
Im just paranoid about spending so much money on a guitar that has a feel I dont like.
Thing is for as long as I've been playing it, I think I really like it. I mean, its not hindering my hands in any way. Im pretty sure about that. So I think thats whats important. If it was hurting my hand it would be a no-brainer.
Damn I can never make up my mind!! I just haven't been able to play it long enough.
We'll see. I would hate to return it. I've already fallen in love with it and losing it would be heart break.
Anyone feel strongly about this subject??
Thanks
 
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