Paul Reed Smith CE24

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Paul Reed Smith

Description Double cutaway, 24-fret maple top solid-body guitar, with two humbuckers, 5-way rotary switch and tremolo.
Posted By Kevin Wells (36)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 11/20/2007, Topher Sawan (24) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this guitar because it is all other guitars in one. I can mimick absolutely any sound that I want with proper tweaking. No other guitar can mimick a PRS. It is totally unique in that sense. It is the most versatile guitar on the market, and I trust the company whole heartedly. The guitar really could not be better. My favorite aspect are the tones this guitar produces and the tuning setup.

Honestly look into a PRS if you want an electric sound that will be remembered. This baby sings.
Model Year: 2007
Price: $1899.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Made in the USA, 24 frets, volume knob, tone knob and pickup knob, which is sort of unique. Rather than changed the pickups with a switch, it is changed with a knob. Four Pickups, H/H. Beautiful blue finish with locking tuners. The guitar is truly a masterpiece.
Playability:
I can set the guitar up any way that I please. The playability is totally adaptable to any playing style. I am satisfied with the original set up. The neck is smooth and has a glorius feel to it. It plays as a completely unique guitar compared to many other guitars. For example, the PRS is capable of it's own variation of a strat like tone, however it can also create completely unique, warm PRS tones.
Sound Quality:
I run the PRS out of a Fender Hot Rod with an MXR distortion pedal and a Cry Baby. I play Funk, Blues, and Rock music daily however I am convinced that this guitar fits with absolutely any musical style. The sound can be molded, with four pickups. The warmest tones are so smooth and the treble pickup provides a les paul like sound with a signature PRS warmth. It is easily the most enjoyable guitar to play. It can be noisey, but for the most part, a PRS can be what you want it to be. The possibilities are endless. It isn't a strat, but it can sound like one. It isn't a Les Paul, but it can sound like one. The only thing it can't sound like is a low end guitar.
Durability:
I have been playing this guitar live for about two years now, and I have absolutely no problems with the reliability. I rarely break strings, and I have caused some cosmetic damages myself through poor care. The strap locks aren't bad, I suppose they could be better. If I completed my part, the guitar would be in mint condition.
On 3/18/2003, Kevin Wells (36) posted:
Overall Rating:
I wasn't even in the market for a guitar when I stumbled across this one. Just couldn't pass on it for the price. Fantastic sounding and playing guitar. I would buy this again if it were stolen (doubt I could get as good a deal though!). PRS couldn't improve on this. I like everything about this guitar.
Model Year: 1993
Price: $175.00
Where Obtained: Pawn shop
Features:
This guitar has a double cutaway, highly flamed maple-top alder body, with a beautiful cherry sunburst. The pickups are stock PRS humbuckers (HFS at the bridge and Vintage Bass at the neck), with a 5-way rotary selector (gets either pickup separately, or different combinations of split coils for Strat-like tones). Neck is maple with rosewood fingerboard, abalone dot inlays and 24 medium-jumbo frets. PRS locking tuners and PRS tremolo.
Playability:
This guitar plays beautifully. I like the action a little higher for better tone, but the low radius neck on this guitar makes it easy to keep the action low and still get great sound. The neck is very easy on the fingers, the frets are big and easy to dig into. It's one of the easiest playing guitars I've ever tried. There's nothing wrong with this guitar.
Sound Quality:
I love the sound of this guitar: the pickups sound wonderful separately or combined. Separately, the humbuckers sound a little smoother than a Les Paul, but just as rich in tone. Combined (with split coils) they get three very distinct funky, out of phase, Strat-ish tones. All the settings are very useful and great sounding for all types of music that I play (classic rock, blues, jazz, latin). The pickups are very quiet. I am not planning to change anything on this guitar - it's a classic.
Durability:
I bought this guitar from a pawn shop for $175 because it had been through a rough time. The previous owner must have been a Townsend wannabe, because there were large cracks in the body at the neck heel, the neck heel itself was split near the end, some of the pickup mounting screws were missing and so was the tremolo arm. But it was still playable!!! I ordered a tremolo arm and screws from PRS, and had the cracks repaired so it is now back to it's fully functional state. It has it's share of scuffs and small scratches, but they just add character. I take much better care of it than the previous owner, but it's nice to know it can take a beating and keep on singing.