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  • I would like some opinions: PRS SE Custom 24 vs. PRS SE Santana

    I was all set to buy a ESP LTD EC-1000 MGO but started looking at the above mentioned PRS SE models. I found the Guitar World video review of the Santana and it caught my attention.

    It looks like the Santana is the way to go, between the two, but I would like to hear some opinions on both models. Is the Custom neck profile a lot different than the Santana?


    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    I have the new Santana SE model and it sounds quite a bit better than my 3 previous SE Customs. I've found that the PRS SEs signature models usually have better wound pickups. Earlier I also bought my son the PRS Paul Allender SE model (the passive version) and it also whupped up on my other three SE Customs for tone.

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    • #3
      I have the new Santana SE model and it sounds quite a bit better than my 3 previous SE Customs. I've found that the PRS SEs signature models usually have better wound pickups. Earlier I also bought my son the PRS Paul Allender SE model (the passive version) and it also whupped up on my other three SE Customs for tone.



      Damn, that looks pretty.

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      • #4
        i had a feel of one in a store last week, the necks are pretty chunky, but nice chunky not horrible.

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        • #5
          i had a feel of one in a store last week, the necks are pretty chunky, but nice chunky not horrible.


          Thanks for your input.

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          • #6
            i'm not normally a chunky neck lover but it felt really nice, and it felt like a quality instrument too. Very good looking guitars in the flesh.

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            • #7
              i'm not normally a chunky neck lover but it felt really nice, and it felt like a quality instrument too. Very good looking guitars in the flesh.


              I'm not a fan of super thick necks. The last time I went to Guitar Center they were out of the SE Custom 24 and the SE Santana.

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              • #8
                i thought it felt a bit bigger than the standard PRS wide/fat but according to the website it is indeed a wide/fat. If you're not a fan of chunkys then definitely play one first.

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                • #9
                  Just got the same one ,I was very surprised at how good this thing feels & sounds

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                  • #10
                    I tried one too. I was impressed - it seemed like a very nice guitar for the money.
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                    • #11
                      I don't like the way the santana balances, if that means anything to you.

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                      • #12
                        I have an older SE Custom 24. I usually gig with it, and it's ridiculously comfortable to play. It sounds good, too, but I wouldn't rate it as my best-sounding guitar. Still, I would like a second one (preferably the new version of the Orianthi). The neck, however, is not chunky.
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