Difference between SE Custom 24 & SE Tim Mahoney...other than price?
Looking at the specs on the PRS website they seem quite similar, to include pickups, woods and number of frets. However, the 24 lists for about $710 in most places while the Tim Mahoney lists around $590. So why the $120 increase for the Custom?
The Tim Mohoney lacks the features of the 2012 updates to the SE Custom 24. So pretty much no beveled top and push/pull knobs to tap (or is it split?) the humbuckers.
But if you dig the stoptail more than trem, I'd go for the Tim Mohoney.
There is no maple cap on the Mahoney. It is solid Mahogany. The trem system costs more to have and to install. The bevel top as others have mentioned, though it does have the rounded edges which the prior Customs did not have.
Also having the Mahoney only in the light blue color is limiting. It is not very neutral, so some people will be into it, but others will not. Put that on top of being a signature guitar and if its priced too high I imagine it wouldn't sell as well.
It's funny though, my friends and I were having a conversation on our way to the last 311 show we went to (I'm up to about 20). We're all aged 29 and 30. And we feel as if the majority of their fanbase are all around our age. They hit big in '95, when we were in middle school. We grew up with them when they were all over the radio. Although they still have a huge fanbase, popularity wise they have all but vanished. Teenagers now have no clue who they are, or if you played "Down" they might recognize it but probably couldn't name them.
Ah, that's true about the coil splitting. The MF website didn't mention it, and I hadn't noticed it on the PRS website. I guess it makes sense to spend the extra, then, if one wants the trem, coil splitting and beveled top. And I guess it doesn't hurt to have the extra color options, unless one is set on baby blue (which I really like, based on the pics I've seen).
It's interesting what you say about the concert, Chris. My wife and I saw 311 and Offspring in SoCal a few years ago and thought we were way older than most in attendance, although we were 30 at the time. But that may have been more to the audience Offspring drew.
Interestingly, MF now has the Custom 24 starting at $650 (minus the grey color). That seems much more palatable than the $720 I saw last week.
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