View Full Version : Newbie PRS studio owner

12-03-2012, 03:54 AM
Hi, I just bought a new Studio, wide thin (Pattern thin) in faded blue burst with the tremolo arm.

I thought I'd post some views in case there are any other prospective buyers like I was, researching options. I am already a proud and very happy owner of an Ibanez JEM77FP2. As gorgeous as this guitar is to look at and play, I was looking for a second guitar with 'different' sounds. Don't get me wrong, I love the JEM and it makes awesome sounds. But I do recording (amateur) and wanted to be able to dial into a wider range of tones and was in the market for a second high-quality instrument. I really don't like Fenders or Gibsons, simply as I prefer something more individualistic, which I guess is a reason lots of other folks buy PRSs?

I am not particularly comfortable 'jamming' in guitar shops, so I did a lot of research online, listening to demos on YouTube and reading reviews. My initial tendency was towards a 513 as it promised a wide range of tones. I eventually tried out a 513 at a friendly shop who put me in a demo room that I could try out at my leisure. The 513 on display had a 'Pattern' neck, and frankly, I hated it. Trouble is that my JEM is so extreme the other way, I had trouble transitioning from one to the other. Since I wanted to try out what a PRS 'Pattern Thin' neck felt like, I was handed a Studio. The neck felt much better to my Ibanez accustomed hands (I have Ibanez acoustics as well). First impressions are interesting: the 513 certainly delivered a wide range of sounds but I was surprised by the Studio - there wasn't the physically-switched wide range that the 513 had, but the Studio sounded much warmer and made the 513 sound a little 'thin' and artificial. Also, very personal too, but I really didn't like the look of the 513 pickups - they are so big, I thought they looked ugly on an otherwise beautiful guitar. So, I left feeling slightly puzzled and disappointed as I had set my heart on a PRS (looks are very important to me, as well as sound).

So, I turned my 'research' attention to the Studio, which I hadn't really considered much. I listened to every demo I could find on the internet, and read as many reviews as possible. Eventually, I took the plunge and ordered a Studio in Faded Blue Burst finish with Pattern Thin neck. I love it. The look and feel of the thing was amazing. It oozes quality. The range of sounds is fantastic, and as most reviewers have said, the Narrowfield pickups are really this guitar's attraction and asset. I had never previously understood reviews that talked about tone varying simply by backing off the volume control on the guitar. I now understand. And the 57/08 humbucker is pretty awesome if you want a harder-rock sound. Played clean with more 'natural' amp sounds (mine are electronic as I play through Line6 Pod directly into GarageBand) it has a beautiful depth and range of sounds. Played with a little overdrive, it sounds different again, and is incredibly responsive to the amount of attack from the pick that it can clean up with a lighter touch only. It really is a very expressive instrument. The neck is admittedly deeper than the JEM, but I still get on with it, the different (shorter) scale length on the Studio throws me a little when switching instruments but I soon settle into it.

So, if you are after a nice range of high quality sounds - and the Narrowfields really are the 'hybrids' that everyone writes about - ranging from single-coil sounds, to slightly 'quacky' with pairs of p/ups selected, to fat and dirty, or an incredibly warm smooth sound; the Studio does it. I am so pleased with my purchase. I would note that if you want to do wilder antics with the tremolo, whilst it is quite able and stays in tune pretty well, it can't touch the capability of the 'Edge' system on the JEM. But since I have both, no problem :-)

Hope this is of interest to someone out there interested in Studios. David

12-10-2012, 11:51 AM
Photos or didn't happen :dontknow:

12-10-2012, 12:20 PM
Nice review! Thanks!

12-10-2012, 12:39 PM
Photos or didn't happen :dontknow:

We are heavy into voyeuristic guitar porn here....

12-10-2012, 01:46 PM
So glad you posted this. I've actually just started to look at the Studios, for the exact same reason you mentioned. The neck has to be in wide-thin. You mentioned the potential for "harder-rock" sounds. Have you done much experimenting with high-gain playing on it yet? I'm curious how well it does overall as a guitar for blues-rock-metal. Any updates on that would be great. Oh and let's see some pics!

12-23-2012, 10:08 PM
I went to GC one day with the intention of playing a 513. After reading about it and hearing demos on line I was sure I would like it. I really didnt care for the 513. It was kind of a let down. I bought a cu24 and Im very happy with that. Somebody mentioned the cu22 being the do all guitar. I would have to agree with that. My cu24 serves me well in my band but if I was to play with a group and had to cover some blues or country or classic rock I would use my cu22. The dragon 2s just have a fabulous breakup that would do well in that arena.

12-23-2012, 10:23 PM
Agree, we need pics! Congrats and enjoy! Thanks for the great review...I own a Studio for the exact same reasons...the versatility is unmatched! Played mine for hours today and forgot about being able to dial in Tele bridge pickup tones! Here's mine:


12-26-2012, 11:25 AM
Hi guys and sorry, sorry, sorry!

I'm not competent with forums and had no idea I had any responses! Just dialed in today out of curiosity and am delighted that relating my experience was useful! If I manage it, here's an initial pic that I took of her (oops, she's called Marilyn) when I first got her. I'll load more later for interest.

Jake, thank you, yours is gorgeous! Gush, I sort of felt the same about the 513 - had psyched myself up to be 'wowed' and was disappointed. Sooooo glad I got the Studio!

And, Blackbird, I find that I get quite hard rock sounds if I pull up the volume to 10 and add overdrive. The bridge humbucker is really great for that, and is pretty close to my JEM77 FP2, although that really does have a very distinctive sound of its own with the Evo2 bridge humbucker. However, I'd say the Studio is far more versatile, and the 'harder rock' sounds of the middle and neck pickups are very throaty.

Actually, the middle pickup on the Studio really deserves a mention - on my JEM (and previously, my similarly styled H/S/H Ibanez S570DXQM), I'd never used the middle pickup on its own - it's best for it's combination with bridge or neck humbucker (sometimes as single coil). BUT, on the Studio, the middle pickup really does have a life of it's own. I was recording a piece the other day and needed a mellower sound than the JEM, picked up my Studio and found that the middle pickup was absolutely perfect - warm, and just a little bit 'growley', if you see what I mean. And the wide-thin neck, I am still getting on with OK, despite being used to the paper-thin/flat JEM neck.

My only gripe about the whole guitar - and I now know that this is a generic PRS thing - is the strap buttons! I hate them. I really can't get my existing straps on without wrestling the guitar, and I don't like that because of the risk of an accident whilst doing so. Necessary, as she lives in her hard case when not in use. I even ordered a padded PRS strap thinking it would fit perfectly. Doesn't - frankly, it (the strap) is a lousy design (even for length flexibility), so it got sent back as I was not prepared to mangle up the leather and still struggle to get it on. In the end, the solution has been to order some Ibanez (Prestige range) strap buttons (sorry - this is probably heresy) as they are exactly the same diameter and have a smooth domed top, and they are a bit deeper than the Fender Precision string guides that PRS fit. AND they have a little felt pad between button and guitar - nice touch.

More pics next time! Thanks guys, David

(oops, can't work out how to upload pic, so will work on that!)

12-26-2012, 11:36 AM

This should help. :)

12-26-2012, 11:46 AM
A little hint on the strap buttons and straps...I've always just used some wire cutters or sheet rock knife to cut out a tiny bit of leather in the holes of my straps...just enough so that it's a little wider, then work it in so it's a really snug fit on the strap buttons...has always worked great for me, & I've never had to use strap locks. As long as you don't make the hole too much bigger, and work the tight fit a little looser using the strap button itself, you should be good to go. Good luck!

12-26-2012, 12:17 PM
Thanks jrw32! I will experiment as you suggest until the new Ibanez buttons arrive!

I still can't work out how to upload a pic (but thanks cjmwrx): I can see the button (insert image) but it then directs me to type in a URL. There doesn't seem to be a 'navigate' option to get the pic off my computer (a Mac). Puzzled and sorry for the incompetence.


12-27-2012, 11:48 AM
Thanks jrw32! I will experiment as you suggest until the new Ibanez buttons arrive!

I still can't work out how to upload a pic (but thanks cjmwrx): I can see the button (insert image) but it then directs me to type in a URL. There doesn't seem to be a 'navigate' option to get the pic off my computer (a Mac). Puzzled and sorry for the incompetence.


You can't upload the pics, they have to be hosted somewhere online. Try uploading them to Image Shack (free), then putting the direct URL in when you click the Insert Image icon.

12-27-2012, 12:17 PM
Congrats and welcome to the fold!

Look forward to seeing the pics!

12-28-2012, 06:36 AM


12-28-2012, 06:46 AM
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12-28-2012, 06:53 AM
At last! With many thanks to Jake who showed me what to do, I eventually figured out how to post pix. First one, in her case, where she 'lives'. Second post; view front; view back (one of the reasons I liked the colour was that they 'colour' the back as opposed to it being black); heretically replaced strap-buttons (Ibanez Cosmo Black); head stock; detail 1; detail 2 (she's not a '10 Top' but I love the top - it has transverse stripes, and the 'north' side has a beautiful grain which is shown in detail; last one, my two girls together (Marilyn and Florence - not a great one of Flo as the white background is swamping the detail of the FP2 design - I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I love it - also note the obvious difference in scale length [JEM is obviously 24 fret])

Hope you like them! The guitar was ordered in especially (I bought it at Guitar Center, Virginia Beach in the US, and they unboxed it for me, and the staff gathered around and were 'wowed' by the faded blue burst, and a couple of guys took appreciative pictures!).

12-28-2012, 08:34 AM
That studio is nice, love the wide flame.

now that Jem on the other hand.......is smokin!

12-28-2012, 09:51 AM
Wow, both great guitars... very nice!

12-28-2012, 03:31 PM
Beautiful, well done! Love the wide flame and very unique color! Enjoy it!

12-28-2012, 05:08 PM
HNGD! Very nice. :congrats:

12-29-2012, 02:02 AM
congrats, i'm thinking of a guitar for recording - this could be the model I need...

12-30-2012, 01:23 AM
Im very curious about the studio. Will make a point to play one soon. love the jem! I used to own several RG Ibanez guitars, kinda miss them. Got tired of locking nuts & locking trems. When I got my first prs I found those amp settings didnt work so well with my 570 & 520. As my prs collection increased my ibanez collection decreased. My wife was shocked that I actually sold a guitar! Wont happen again.