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    NGD - CE22 (or P22 on the cheap)

    I got this a week ago but just got around to taking pics today.

    After nearly 40 years of playing I finally decided on the guitar that is right for me.
    My trusty old 1995 PRS CE24 is it. It does everything I want and does it well. I sold off some other guitars I had and started shopping for a backup to the CE24. I wanted to get as close as possible while still being a little different.
    I found a 1996 Vintage Yellow CE22 body and neck on Ebay for a great price and bought them. I had most of the other parts already to finish it up.

    Here's the list of what she's got. Other than the pickups, the electronics are exactly the same as my CE24.
    Planet Waves locking tuners, PRS nut, McCarty pups, new style PRS ivory pup rings, Graph Tech Ghost piezo system, dual output jacks, individual push/pull pots to split the coils, relocated Switchcraft 3 way toggle, amber lampshade knobs.
    The controls are master vol/bridge split - 3 way toggle - master tone/neck split - piezo volume.
    I don't use an onboard switch for the piezo. I do all that with the Axe FX and MIDI controller.

    The body was in great shape. The neck was good other than some pretty serious fret wear. I leveled the frets and now have it playing wonderfully. Pretty nice for $700.

    My CE24 has Tonerider Generator pups (sound a lot like Dragon I's) and I put a set of those in the CE22 also but they just did not sound as good. I popped in the McCarty's and liked what I heard. So they will stay for now.

    So now I have two nearly identical guitars with trems and a piezo. The differences are W/T neck on the CE24, W/F neck on the CE22, and the CE24 has a hotter set of pups.
    These are a perfect pair for gigging. They cover all the ground I need.

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    Here's the black 1995 CE24:




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    Large Member Kine's Avatar
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    Wow! Solid work and for a sick price! Congrats! Dig the vintage yellow. Your black one looks great too with the natural maple binding.

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    Nice!!!!
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    _Bangin'!_
    Last edited by sergiodeblanc; 06-23-2013 at 12:53 PM.

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    Thanks guys. I'm lovin' the new CE. These 2 are the most versatile guitars I've ever owned.

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    Senior Member sergiodeblanc's Avatar
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    Was that the "Gibsondependable" CE husk off the 'bay? I looked real hard at that one, love, love, love VY!

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    Very nice!!! Congrats!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    Was that the "Gibsondependable" CE husk off the 'bay? I looked real hard at that one, love, love, love VY!
    Yep, that's the one. I was waffling back and forth with that one and the tortoiseshell one they had. This one seemed less abused.
    It has one big scratch right near where I put the 3 way toggle but it's not real noticeable and I don't really care anyway. I like a guitar that's been played. I figured that since the frets were fairly well worn that it must be a good sounding one. If it sounded bad it wouldn't have been played as much.

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    Congrats, Pete! That Vintage Yellow looks great. And as always, you do really nice work to customize your axes. As a fellow CE24 fan (my #1 has been my well-worn '97 for a while now) I can empathize with you and your current top 2. Enjoy & play them a lot.

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    Two very sweet PRSi!

    I feel GAS coming on....
    Joe ... They say having a dark side will lead to no good... I certainly hope so!
    PRS: '11 MC58 Artist; '07 CE22 || Ovation: '06 Elite-T 1868T || Martin: '12 GPCPA4 RW || Epiphone: '12 ES-339 Pro || Bradley: '77 Les Paul Custom || Squier: '99 Precision Bass

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFC View Post
    Congrats, Pete! That Vintage Yellow looks great. And as always, you do really nice work to customize your axes. As a fellow CE24 fan (my #1 has been my well-worn '97 for a while now) I can empathize with you and your current top 2. Enjoy & play them a lot.
    Thanks Andy!
    I think I will wear these out. The black one is never going anywhere and the yellow is pretty close to it.

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    I'll be interested to see how you feel about that 22 after you get to know it for a while.... sharp lookin'.

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