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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:22 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Yesterday I got a used PRS SE 245. It basically looks brand new with no fret wear and no scratches or dings. Previous owner took the stock pickups out and put a set of SD '59 Blues humbuckers in it.

I took the old strings off, oiled the fretboard and lightly polished the frets (probably didn't need it) and put a new set of 10's on it since it's a 24.5" scale.

The body is definitely thicker than the other PRS Singlecut guitars I have and the neck profile feels thicker also...close to what I remember the Holdsworth HF2 I used to have.

So far it's been great to play. Nice action, great fretwork. I haven't owned a PRS SE guitar that has had bad frets. Maybe some with a little wear, but no bad fretwork. The string tension with the 10's and this scale is a little bit tighter than I thought it would be, but it's not bad. My other PRS guitars I have 9's on and they play really easy. I also have 9's on my DBZ Imperial and it plays great with them. I'll keep the 10's on for now and see how I like them.

Haven't had a big chance to do a sound check, but so far the '59's sound pretty good. Makes this guitar have more of a LP sound than a PRS sound which I like. The stock pickups on the PRS SE guitar sound good to me, but are a bit clearer and a touch brighter sounding than these '59 pickups, but on this guitar I think I'd rather have it sound closer to a LP.

I'll use it at church this weekend and in band practice in a couple weeks when we get together and have a much better idea of the tones by then, but so far I'm really impressed with this guitar. I've been wanting to get a 245 for a while...so far I like it.




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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:23 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Nice lookin axe.
What is the body and neck wood on those?
hog?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:20 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Tricky1 wrote:
Nice lookin axe.
What is the body and neck wood on those?
hog?


Yes, mahogany body and neck. Maple top.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:06 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Congrats, T.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:16 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks Paul. The more I play this guitar the more I like it. It's got a seriously fat sounding tone so far. We'll see later this month when my band gets together to practice and get ready for playing at a biker rally to see how well it sounds with the band, but I think it's going to be great.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:32 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Tried the 245 at church for the first time today...sounded and played great. I did end up putting some 9's on it, so we'll see how it works out when I play it out with the band, but so far I really love this guitar...

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