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    Pre-1995 PRS CE24 Values

    Evening all, I'm a new member here and would appreciate some help!

    I have a soft spot for pre-1995 alder body/small heel CE24s. Does anyone know or have current values of these guitars? Blue book, street prices, private sales, etc.

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    Bro, I am there with ya! The problem is people figured out how great they are so they won't sell 'em for $850 anymore, but they are still cheaper than when they were new! (taking inflation into consideration of course.)

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    Hello Chris, welcome to the site. I too love the early alder body CEs. Depending on the year, top, options, and condition, prices can range from $900.00 to $1700.00. Some people ask more but generally don't get it, even for early maple tops that are mint, rare colors, or really clean early serial numbered guitars. A clean `90 with a nicely figured top can still be found in the $1200.00 range without much problem. The market is a bit soft so if you're thinking of buying, now's the time.

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    Hi serg and ce-man, thanks for the help!

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    I sold a near-mint 1991 CE24 in Vintage Yellow 5 or 6 weeks ago for $1850 plus shipping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad737 View Post
    I sold a near-mint 1991 CE24 in Vintage Yellow 5 or 6 weeks ago for $1800.
    You certainly got all there was to get from that one. That is a desirable color and IMHO 1991 is the last year of the "great ones".

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    Yes, it truly was a great one. If it had been anything other than a Wide-Thin, I'd have never sold it. I was even looking into having a non-factory neck built to keep her.



    Quote Originally Posted by CE-man View Post
    You certainly got all there was to get from that one. That is a desirable color and IMHO 1991 is the last year of the "great ones".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad737 View Post
    Yes, it truly was a great one. If it had been anything other than a Wide-Thin, I'd have never sold it. I was even looking into having a non-factory neck built to keep her.
    Wow, most people love the wide/thin neck on a CE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CE-man View Post
    IMHO 1991 is the last year of the "great ones".
    Out of genuine curiosity, why do you feel that way?

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    Agreed. The wide thin necks are most comfortable to me, but I find it rather easy to get used to other neck profiles if the guitar is a quality build. Just can't hold it against any guitar if the neck profile/radius is fatter or rounder instead of thinner or flatter than I would like. Every guitar I have is a different neck profile and each is good for what it's good for.

    Tone is the most important factor to me and is the prime decision maker when I buy a guitar. Closely followed by feel/build quality, and looks, although important, come in 3rd because I mostly play with my eyes closed. A guitar that has all those qualities is surely a 'gonna take it to the grave' type guitar.

    I'm very fortunate to have a few of those type guitars. The kind of guitar that makes you play better and happily does everything you ask of her; the guitar that's like your favorite toy when you were a kid; the one that you would rather sell a kidney than sell the guitar; the one with the unique personality and you wouldn't trade her for 2 new ones like her.

    As guitarists we are supremely fortunate when this phenomena happens and we should always be equally thankful when it does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    Out of genuine curiosity, why do you feel that way?
    Maybe not so much for the CEs but around 91 the Customs had started to phase out Brazilian boards and sweet switches. I personally feel that by `91 both the CE and Customs had reached a certain high level of quality and accomplishment in build that there wasn't really anywhere to go. On the CEs I liked the thin neck finish, neck carves, and small neck heel. I like the original one-piece Mil-Com bridge too. By this time the HFS/VB pickup combo was pretty much established, a pairing that works well in both the Custom and the CE24. It just seems to me that by 91-92 with changing those parts like the sweet switch and discontinuing the Brazilian boards (this may have been unavoidable with moratoriums on this wood now) that the guitars started already making the move towards mass production. The first Signature series guitars started around this time and they showcased PRS's guitars at their very best, I don't think that was all by happen-stance. These are just my feelings so don't read that much in to it as everybody has their own take/timeline on the high water mark of PRS builds. I'm sure PRS himself will tell you that they are building the best guitar now and he would know better than anyone, however I like the fact that the early guitars may differ a little from guitar to guitar and may have a little character. In all I just think that PRS got it right from the start, took a few years to tweak things and really had it dialed in by `91.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CE-man View Post
    Wow, most people love the wide/thin neck on a CE.
    I like the feel of the WT on my 90 CE even better than the WT on my 93 STD. It's perfect. The WT on my Mira is definitely thicker-feeling. The WT on the new SECU24 actually comes quite close, it's a great feeling neck if you like the older CE WTs I think.
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