I like the V12, have no reason to criticize the poly however.
But my new favorite finish is the nitro they're using now. I have no idea what the effect on the tone is, though it might play a role; mainly I like the subtle sheen and feel of it.
It's not a Gibson, new PRS are better .
PRS Custom-24 10-Top Black Gold, Stripped 58 Blue Multi Foil
Taylor T5-S Red Edgeburst, GS Mini Mahogany
PRS couldn't even rope me in until they released the Mira & Starla models, so I'm obviously of the "new=better" camp. The pickups since about 2008 have been especially great, and many of the other design tweaks have been very good - I really like V12, personally.
I think some guys don't like being told that they're buying the latest/greatest/most innovative "ultimate tone machine" only to be told with the next innovation that "now THIS one is the ultimate tone machine!" - PRS market stuff a bit like technology sometimes that way, whereas guitars transcend that... but it is what it is and a nice guitar in right hands will never not be a nice guitar.
What G*bson does is the opposite - every model year they release an "even more authentic" repro of the models they are resting their laurels on...
Last edited by Whitecat; 08-05-2014 at 04:15 AM.
PS Starla (burnt orange smokeburst), Starla (vintage cherry, IRW neck, birds), S2 Starla (McCTS), HB12 (black gold), 25th ann. Mira 245 (frost blue metallic), 2011 'Stripped' 58 (goldtop)
I'm with Sergio and some others in that I fell in love with PRS in the early 1990s, my first being my long-lost Cherry Sunburst CU24 with moons. Hell, I don't know if it was even a 10-top or not, not even a pic of her from my college days survived.
I will always associate PRS with the feel of the wide-thin neck, the wings, the rotary, and the squeal of the HFS.
But as I age (albeit NOT like a fine wine) and find myself playing with less gain, I appreciate the clarity and open-ness of the 5x/0x and 408s a bunch. So my heart sides with my 1991 CU24, and the rest of me takes the newer stuff and runs...
1990, 91, 92 & 97 CE24s | 1991 CU24 | 2000 CU22 Semi-Hollow | 2003 & 04 SE EG
2008 SE Semi-Hollow Soapbar | 2011 CU24 GC Throwback | 2012 Signature Limited x2
2012 NF3 | 2013 408 Brazilian | 2013 Paul's Guitar | 2013 Hollowbody II | 2013 CU24
2013 CU24 Swamp Ash Limited | 2013 XPRS 408 Semi-Hollow | 2014 CU24 Semi-Hollow
I just got the 408 last week (Wide thin, 10 top) and so I've got all 6 of them on the rack, ABing them back and forth. I have to agree, the 91 with the sweet switch engaged thru a Zendrive/Mosferatu combination (very high gain, smooth overdrive) sounds REALLY good. Clean, though, and especially for bluesy neck pickup sounds the 408 just nails it better. I think it's going to be my new favorite!
I like the rotary switch, winged tuners, sweet switches, and the sometimes odd tops & faded finishes of the older CU24s. I don't need innovation when the older ones do exactly what I want them to do. That doesn't make the newer ones bad in any way, just not what I need. The one exception for me is a 07 CU22 but of course there have been a lot of changes since that was built. The nice thing is that there are great options out there for all of us.
I think one huge improvement is the choices you get with the Artist packs. That is fantastic!!!!!