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    Mira... or Mira 245 Soapbar?

    Anyone tried the 245 Soapbar? A while back I was asking the forum opinion on the Mira (thank you all, by the way) and it was a pretty positive response. I've decided it's about that time to move up, so I've started looking around, and a few of the 25th Mira Soapbars have caught my eye too. Don't think I can lose either way, but I've been loving the 245 scale, and wouldn't mind adding the soapbar sound to my arsenal. Just turning a couple of pieces of gear into cash and something should be happening soon. So, anyone got 2 cents for me?
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

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    Sorry I sold the one I had. If I find another at the right price, I'm snatching it up. I have a pickguard with a 3-way toggle to swap out for the blade.

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    The Mira is a great guitar in either scale length, honestly. I have always liked PRS Soapies. I don't see how you can go wrong, but if you like the shorter scale length, I'd go for that.
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    I'd recommend playing one, if you can. I prefer longer scale guitars (25 and up), in general. I felt it made a big enough difference to bug me. A local store had one of the 25th Annies at a great price, but I just didn't bond like I do with my standard Mira.

    That said, I DO like the pickups!

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    I have two McSoaps and love them...one tricked and one very plain and both sound awesome!!!

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    I have two McSoaps and love them...one tricked and one very plain and the P90s sound awesome!!!

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    The Mira and the Mira 245 are surprisingly different instruments despite the similarities in body shape and neck carve... the scale length and pup difference is a big thing, obviously. I don't love the PRS soapbar pickups (I heard that they are actually Seymour Duncan OEM) - but they're not the worst in the universe. I'm probably going to put a set of Lollars in mine at some point.

    Basically if you've always wanted a Les Paul Jr doublecut the Mira 245 is the PRS version of that - with all the superior fit & finish that goes with it.

    As the Mira 245 was a limited edition in 2010/11 so you may not have the pick of the litter, but they're a simple guitar, there's not a lot that can be "wrong" with 'em, and there are probably good deals to be had both new and secondhand.
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    The 245 Soapbar is absolutely amazing. I am a fan of the Mira, but this takes it to another level! If I ever find one in my neck of the woods, it's taken.
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    They are both great guitars. I've owned neither but have played both. I'm perfectly comfortable on both scale necks. I would say go for the 24.5" soapie first if you think a soapie should be in your arsenal. There are a lot less of them on the market. A standard Mira will be much easier to find down the line with more color options available at any given time. If you see a soapie you like the looks of, might just wanna snag it, most places have a return policy giving you a little time.

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    Personally I prefer the Soapbar, I like the 22 frets over the 24. And soapbars rock.
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