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KW89
02-27-2013, 01:49 PM
Hey guys I am looking at a 1996 PRS CE 24 Blue Holoflake. The guy is asking $800 and it has been pretty regularly gigged (some scratches/dings). Can you guys shed some light on this particular guitar and the CE series guitars in general? Components? Sound quality? Versatility?
Thanks,
KW89

sleary
02-27-2013, 01:57 PM
I've owned a prs ce 22 since October . Mine was beat up a bit as well. Honestly, the ce's are a hit with any players. Versatility out the wazoo lol. Sound....that would depend on what pickups are in it. Could have dragon 2's or maybe HFS bass/treble. Also without seeing pics , a five way rotary could be in it or changed to a three way with a coil tap. Now for $ 800 , you may want to snag it quick. That's a great price however I'd post pics here and also send them to Prs's customer service just to make sure it's legit.

KW89
02-27-2013, 01:58 PM
http://cdn1.gbase.com/usercontent/gear/2830899/p1_uldwq2ri5_so.jpgI found this image on Google but this is the same model/color.

KW89
02-27-2013, 02:00 PM
http://images.craigslist.org/3oc3N23H65La5Na5F8d2f714ae02b6ab31650.jpgThis is a picture of the actual guitar. It is actually a 24 I made a typeo.
Thank for the advice!!

John Beef
02-27-2013, 02:00 PM
$800 for a USA made PRS in playable condition is a steal no matter what the model, IMHO. Like sleary said, as long as it's not a fake.

As for whether it's the right PRS for you, that's another story. Some people greatly prefer them. They have maple necks that will give you a snappier sound than their mahogany necked brethren.

EDIT: looks legit to me. Probably has HFS/Vintage bass pickups and looks like a rotary. Is that a factory finish or a refin?

sleary
02-27-2013, 02:05 PM
Ce24 for $800? Go play it and get on that quick ....geez that's a steal....

sleary
02-27-2013, 02:08 PM
Actually it's called "blue hollow flake" nice finish ....

KW89
02-27-2013, 02:40 PM
http://images.craigslist.org/3E83G53o25Gb5E25F1d2f051f910ca8ac1596.jpgIs there supposed to be 5 springs in the back? is this an issue?

sergiodeblanc
02-27-2013, 03:10 PM
Ce's are great guitars, I own two and they are the most alive feeling guitars I have ever played! I would buy that in a second if I were you! I promise you won't be disappointed.

John
02-27-2013, 03:22 PM
CE's are great guitars! They're so good that I have 2 of them. :)

sergiodeblanc
02-27-2013, 03:23 PM
CE's are great guitars! They're so good that I have 2 of them. :)

Yup. Gotta have two.

_pete_
02-27-2013, 03:42 PM
I bought my 95 CE24 (black) for $800 also and it was worth every penny plus more.
CE's are monster guitars. They play great, sound great, are very comfy, and extremely versatile.
Jump on it. At worst you could flip it for a profit.

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02-27-2013, 04:20 PM
CE's are fantastic guitars. $800 is a solid price. You'll even have enough cash left over for custom paint via the PTC if all the bumps and bruises bug you.

jbird
02-27-2013, 05:50 PM
Is that not a rarity? A CE w/hollow flake finish? OMG!

CE-man
03-01-2013, 09:49 PM
CE's are great guitars for the money. The early ones 88-95 are made from alder and starting in 89 may have a maple top. In 96 PRS started using mahogany for the body and capping it with maple. The necks are maple and topped with a rosewood or maple fingerboard. As you know they have bolt-on necks and come in 24 or 22 fret versions. Again the early versions came with a metal 3-way toggle switch later replaced by a 5-way selector. The 5 way will offer both humbucking and single coil sounds for a great range and variety in tone. They have been discontinued but there are many used ones for the taking. Used prices are all over the place, good clean early versions can bring up to 2K but an average price for most are about 1000-1300 dollars. The 96 you're looking at with holo-flake finish is a good find for $800.00. I think you'll find the CE to be a great value and a guitar that will serve you for years to come.

Brad737
03-01-2013, 11:44 PM
CEs rock. If you don't buy that one, please forward the seller's info, cuz I'll take it.

Brad737
03-01-2013, 11:46 PM
My 1994 CE-22 has a mahogany body with maple top.


CE's are great guitars for the money. The early ones 88-95 are made from alder and starting in 89 may have a maple top. In 96 PRS started using mahogany for the body and capping it with maple. The necks are maple and topped with a rosewood or maple fingerboard. As you know they have bolt-on necks and come in 24 or 22 fret versions. Again the early versions came with a metal 3-way toggle switch later replaced by a 5-way selector. The 5 way will offer both humbucking and single coil sounds for a great range and variety in tone. They have been discontinued but there are many used ones for the taking. Used prices are all over the place, good clean early versions can bring up to 2K but an average price for most are about 1000-1300 dollars. The 96 you're looking at with holo-flake finish is a good find for $800.00. I think you'll find the CE to be a great value and a guitar that will serve you for years to come.

CantankerousCarl
03-02-2013, 05:40 AM
My 1994 CE-22 has a mahogany body with maple top.

I thought all pre 1996's were alder-bodied...is it different with the 22s vs 24s.

And agreed that CEs are like potato chips...you can't have just one. If I bite the bullet on anything else this year at all it will be another CE.

Agree with the consensus...at that price you are only a little higher than a new SE Custom 24, and while those are great guitars for the money, the CEs are truly special.

_pete_
03-02-2013, 05:56 AM
As I understand it, CE's went to the mahogany/maple combo in 1995.
From the PRS site:
"CLASSIC ELECTRIC (CE BOLT-ON): 1988 - Current. 24-fret maple neck, unfaced headstock, dot inlays, alder body, PRS Vintage pickups, tone control, and 3-way toggle selector. Rosewood fretboard, wide-thin neck options by 89. Black headstock face and 5-way rotary switch by mid-89. HFS Treble/Vintage Bass finalized by 91. Maple top version- the CE Bolt-on Maple Top- added in 89. Mahogany body/ back from 95 as well as stop-tail option. Solid Mahogany body discontinued in 2000, stop tailpiece & regular neck profile discontinued in 2001. Offered as wide thin, tremolo only from 2001."

My 95 CE has a mahogany back & maple top.

Dirty Bob
03-02-2013, 07:52 AM
I have an all mahogany ce22 from 1994.


BTW...I think that holoflake is a great find...I would grab it.

sleary
03-02-2013, 08:16 AM
Mine is beat up, scarred and very well loved. One guitar I can't see myself getting rid off....

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/swleary/20130105_145834.jpg

claythomas
03-02-2013, 11:39 AM
I have 6 CE's dating from 1988-2000!!! I love these! They have never let me down and I have abused and loved them all in the same night!!
Any holoflake is a great guitar to have and play!!

CE-man
03-03-2013, 10:53 AM
I always equate the switch to mahogany bodies with the move to Stevensville, so if that was 95 then that's the same time it occured.

Brad737
03-03-2013, 02:08 PM
If I may, I'd like to give very brief descriptions of the two CEs I've owned. The first was a 99% mint, used CE-24 I got from Guitar Center. Vintage Yellow finish, rosewood board, HFS and Vintage Bass pickups, 5-way rotary. This had an alder body and unfortunately the Wide-Thin neck. If it had the Regular neck carve, I'd still own it. That guitar SANG! I was totally shocked by the tone of that particular instrument. If you've ever heard "John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton", THAT'S the tone of that guitar on the bridge pickup, especially on "All Your Love" and that G in "Hideaway". If I run into another one like that, but a Regular carve, I'll snag it in a minute.

By comparison, my 1994 CE-22 has a mahogany body with maple top, Wide-Fat neck, and Dragon 1 pickups. The 22 sounds awesome, but it's a thicker, more "rock" sounding guitar. I love it too, but it's a very different animal. Granted, the different number of frets, body wood, and pickups are very different, so I wouldn't expect them to be very similar.

AP515
03-03-2013, 03:42 PM
... The first was a 99% mint, used CE-24 I got from Guitar Center. Vintage Yellow finish, rosewood board, HFS and Vintage Bass pickups, 5-way rotary. This had an alder body and unfortunately the Wide-Thin neck. If it had the Regular neck carve, I'd still own it. That guitar SANG!

...By comparison, my 1994 CE-22 has a mahogany body with maple top, Wide-Fat neck, and Dragon 1 pickups. The 22 sounds awesome, but it's a thicker, more "rock" sounding guitar. I love it too, but it's a very different animal. Granted, the different number of frets, body wood, and pickups are very different, so I wouldn't expect them to be very similar.

We found very similar guitars. I found a 1st year CE24 with alder body and you describe it well. It Sings. The pickups/electronics were damaged in mine so I put 245's in it and I am still amazed at how it sounds. Like no other.

Then I found a CE22 Standard with Dgaron 1's. Different sound but still amazing. I love both of them. I'm just glad I have two of them. I don't know why people think a PRS needs to be a set neck and at the same time everyobdy raves about the CE's. One or the other folks! I'd like to see the CE's make a comeback but if nobody buys them....

auriemma
03-04-2013, 06:49 AM
CE's are great! $800 is a steal. If you don't get it, tell us where it is. Someone here will find it a good home!

tfancil
03-04-2013, 07:45 AM
http://images.craigslist.org/3E83G53o25Gb5E25F1d2f051f910ca8ac1596.jpgIs there supposed to be 5 springs in the back? is this an issue?
4 springs are the stock setup for 9's or 10's I don't know why the 1 spring is in the center hole of the trem block? Normally the center hole is left open on the block and on the claw because that is where the ground wire is soldered to.
tfancil

CE-man
03-04-2013, 08:45 PM
4 springs are the stock setup for 9's or 10's I don't know why the 1 spring is in the center hole of the trem block? Normally the center hole is left open on the block and on the claw because that is where the ground wire is soldered to.
tfancil

Maybe it's a replacement spring and it's just too long, so it was put in at an angle. (?)

VHTStark
03-05-2013, 03:38 PM
LOVE CE's. Yet another I will have to add to the collection someday. One of the best sounding electrics I have played is a friends old alder bodied CE with a maple board.
Also like the mahogany/maple combo ones.....great rock guitars IMO. To my ears, they sound like a custom with more 'tude! A little brighter, tighter and upfront.

HighGain510
03-07-2013, 07:48 AM
That's a fantastic deal on a cool finish, bumps or not! CE's are a great value, $800 for a guitar built in the USA is always a good deal and having owned a dozen CE's I'm confident that you'd end up with a winner. I've had some sound/play better than others but they've all been very solid! :D

Salvy24
03-07-2014, 06:48 AM
I hope I'm replying to the right person - I'm new to this!!! - CE-man - or ANYBODY -, I'm looking at a '96 CE 22 (quilted Red) that appears to be in very good shape with just a few surface scratches. He's asking $1,099 and everything appears to be in good working order. It supposedly has Dragon II's and it does have the 5-way selector. I love playing blues and I have a PRS SE Semi-hollow body that I absolutely love, which is what directed me to this 20-yr old guitar that I'm going to spend more than I've ever spent b4 on a guitar!!! Any thoughts?

rocguitar
03-07-2014, 08:53 AM
Currently have 2 CEs in the stable ('93 and '01)........Great Guitars!

$800......:top:

gush
03-07-2014, 09:18 AM
I picked up 2 CEs in dec and am surprised how much I love these things. The flake finish isn't for me but for 800$ I would jump on it,!

citson
03-07-2014, 04:49 PM
I own a red 96 CE24 mahogany (profile pic) and absolutely love it. $800 is a steal, I would go for it if I were you

Felix
03-07-2014, 10:19 PM
I have a 2008 CE-22 and I love it, though calling it "bright" is an understatement. Of all of the guitars I've owned, this one comes closest to being a "Strat-killer", in the sense that it is a bright guitar with a number of pleasing single-coil-like tones (at least mine does, what with the (PRS-) "post-2007" wiring ("50s wiring", in Gibson-speak), Dragon II pups and the 5-position rotary switch), and it often causes hairy-knuckled scoffers who at first sight dismissed it as "too pretty" to suddenly want to try to get their acidic sweat all over the poor little guy, all in the attempt to get its sound for themselves, even if "just for a minute". Go buy your own, Fender-boy!

$800.00 is a steal. Obviously a 24-fret, older model is not much of a similar guitar to my newer machine, with its different hardware, wiring, wood, and pickups, but the maple bolt-on neck does tend to give the CE line in general a "snappy" attack and a brighter overall sound (as compared to their other models), and a US-made PRS is a consistently-made, quality machine ...even if they sometimes do look (to some people) "overdressed". In fact, to some people the "distressed" look of a well-used machine adds to the appeal: a little (second-hand!) mojo.

sergiodeblanc
03-08-2014, 02:41 AM
Of all of the guitars I've owned, this one comes closest to being a "Strat-killer"

I'll even be so bold as to say that I think the CE is the ultimate "Super-Strat Killer". There is a certain "aliveness" to the feeling of playing a CE in your hands and against your body that only a bolt on model will give you. Even if it doesn't translate through the pickups aurally, there's still a player-instrument thing goin' on with CE's in my experience.

gush
03-08-2014, 07:59 AM
I'll even be so bold as to say that I think the CE is the ultimate "Super-Strat Killer". There is a certain "aliveness" to the feeling of playing a CE in your hands and against your body that only a bolt on model will give you. Even if it doesn't translate through the pickups aurally, there's still a player-instrument thing goin' on with CE's in my experience.

You have nailed it! That descibes what I feel when I play mine, I just didn't know how to put it into words.

auriemma
03-08-2014, 09:10 PM
I hope I'm replying to the right person - I'm new to this!!! - CE-man - or ANYBODY -, I'm looking at a '96 CE 22 (quilted Red) that appears to be in very good shape with just a few surface scratches. He's asking $1,099 and everything appears to be in good working order. It supposedly has Dragon II's and it does have the 5-way selector. I love playing blues and I have a PRS SE Semi-hollow body that I absolutely love, which is what directed me to this 20-yr old guitar that I'm going to spend more than I've ever spent b4 on a guitar!!! Any thoughts?

$1100? It had better be mint with OHSC. I picked up a 2007 CE22 with bird inlays and OHCS with paperwork for $900 (one small face nick and fret wear included). Worth every penny.

11top
03-09-2014, 07:46 AM
Yes

Felix
03-19-2014, 08:08 AM
I'll even be so bold as to say that I think the CE is the ultimate "Super-Strat Killer". There is a certain "aliveness" to the feeling of playing a CE in your hands and against your body that only a bolt on model will give you. Even if it doesn't translate through the pickups aurally, there's still a player-instrument thing goin' on with CE's in my experience.I wish I could have described the particular appeal of bolt-on necked guitars in somewhat the same way; that is very close to how I feel, and a CE guitar is of course a guitar with 2 full humbuckers of great tone (IMHO) and moderate "hotness". I think that the circuitry tends to make the post-2007-wired machines a bit bright (esp. as the volume is turned down - and the treble bleed cap in particular seems completely unnecessary) but this is a characteristic of the circuitry and can be dealt with with EQ and attention to signal chain dynamics and such, or used to advantage, or the tonal response can simply be incorporated into your playing style with the guitar.

The CE line is a Super-Strat-Killer indeed! -Though one with perhaps somewhat of a learning-curve.