NGD (soon I hope)!!

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  1. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    Hi folks!

    Today I sold my many years companion Epi Studio (yeah... cant keep them all, but inside I'm still bleeding). I just wanted a better guitar with humbuckers. Since I can't afford a Gibson, and where I live theres a very limited market, my options were reduced to either a used PRS SE or a usedEpiphone w/nice pups and electronics. Other alternative is the LTD EC401 but there none used here atm...

    So... few moments ago I clicked "buy" on a used PRS SE 245 (2013).

    From the pictures it looks in very good condition.
    I'm going to the sellers place on tuesday probably, giving it a test drive, and maybe bringing it home with me.

    There she is:
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    Any comments on what to look for when testing?
    Any PRS SE 245 owners out there that can point out the bad things about them (in your opinion) for me to stay alert when testing?

    Thanks so much! will keep you posted :p
     
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    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member

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    I've seen some forum comments about the nut not being so great. Leads to tuning instability.
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    Thanks, I replaced a couple with graphtechs... that has an easy fix I guess...
     
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    wildhawk Most Honored Senior Member

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    Bought a used SE recently.

    Not fancy but comfortable to play and the pickups have great definition.
     
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    I played that exact model a couple of weeks ago for a good half hour at GC. LOVED it. Should have bought it. Very thick body.
     
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    Mandrax Senior Stratmaster

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    The SE is a very very good guitar. As already pointed out, the nut can be the weak point. It appears that they are made out of some kind of plastic which can cause issues, although the issues I've seen have mainly been on the trem equipped guitars. The pickups are an acquired taste, they aren't really bad but they aren't amazing either. Overall they are excellent guitars. I've seen complaints that the poly finish is a bit thick, but it's not something that has ever bothered me. I've seen worse finishes on guitars double the price.

    I have a PRS SE Singlecut. It's a 2006 model and despite having other more expensive guitars, it's the one I always reach for first. It's been upgraded over the years with Grover tuners (they didn't need changing, I just had them lying around and they work a bit smoother) and new pickups. It also needed a re-fret last year or the year before so I got the frets replaced with stainless steel and had a new bone nut fitted at the same time.

    We talk a lot about guitars that are 'keepers', but I can honestly say that if push come to shove, this would be the last of my guitars to go.
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    First pic, just on the back seat going to her new home...
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    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

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    Nice! Hngd to you!! :)
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    Thank you!
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member

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    That looks awesome!

    How does it feel/play?
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    It feels much like a Les Paul to me. That is, the neck feels like a column thick :p but not uncomfortable, and the whole guitar feels in your lap like its pretty much not vibrating except for the strings, cause the thing is massive.

    Frets are totally fine, the inlays are exceptionally fit, the only thing that looks and feels cheap is the nut, although it sounds like a TUSQ nut. Tuners are awesome so far, really neat considering they are generic PRS tuners.

    Pickups sound nice, they push the RAT like real mofos.

    Comparing to my old Epi this sounds more open, a bit less muddy, less bassy, more focused.

    The action could be a bit lower, but as Im planning to change its strings soon I haven adjust it yet... I think it has 11s now, Ill stick 10s on it and see what happens. I like low action on these guitars, but it plays nice just like it is.

    One thing that I dont like is that it has the knobs arranged in a strange way, at least strange for people that are used to the Gibson paradigm of 4 knobs for 2 humbuckers LOL.

    For now those are my thoughts.
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    I forgot, it has infinite sustain.
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    Fretboard conditioned, new strings, this axe is a monster... Im loving it so far.
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    Mandrax Senior Stratmaster

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    Very nice mate, enjoy it!
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    1 thing I dont like is that the nut is filed for 9s, at least thats how it felt. 10s dont fit in without a bit of effort... so far I had no tunning issues so, if it aint broke...
     
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    Mandrax Senior Stratmaster

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    You're right, the nut on the SE range are filed for 9s. Just use the new strings as a file and widen them slightly, shouldn't take too much effort.

    The vast majority of the USA models are filed for 10s. I'm not sure why they opted for 9s on the SE.
     
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    I left it like it was... Im not having tunning issues so I dont mind. But thanks for the confirmation to my thoughts haha
     
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    Beautiful!!!
     
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