You had no introduction section so I'm just jumping right in with why I need to be here, with a general Hello....... Hello.
Due to economic circumstances beyond my control, about 3 years ago I had to sell my '82 Gibson Explorer. It was a wedding present from my wife (not new we were married about 12 years ago). Needless to say it was nearly as painful for her as it was for me. Well things are better now and she encouraged me to replace it. Problem is, while I liked it, it was a pain to play sitting down, they're hard to find, and I've always wanted an LP. Well the LPs within my price range weren't what I wanted. A co-worker dropped the PRS name and I fell in love with the double cutaways. Just the right shape if you ask me, subtle curves yet bold. Heard nothing but positive things about them including the SE division. I want a double cutaway, I'm saving the single cutaway for an LP in the future. Esthetically I don't want a single cutaway PRS. If I only own a few guitars in my life I want my single cutaway to be an LP.
So I narrowed it down to the Paul Allender SE or the Custom 24 SE.
My problem is I'm a hack (compared to you real musicians). I'm self taught, although I did have extensive music training in a very intense H.S curriculum ( 30 years ago). I owned a '67 Fender Jaguar quite a few years ago but that's gone (first wife , long story). A handful of cheap acoustics over the years, you get the idea. I like playing riffs and rhythm I'm not interested too much in solo/lead/improvisation. I essentially plugin in the basement and shred. Make up my own stuff or just play my favorite riffs. I have an old amp (came with the Jaguar when I got that) that has a stock distortion pedal. I'm going to start playing again, practicing, and might even take a lesson or two, or avail myself to all the online stuff that's out now. I'm not in band (but I'm not ruling it out either). I'm more likely to start recording things on my PC, I build custom gaming rigs and a decent media type PC would be cheap for me to build (just parts and time spent building).
So the questions:
- What's the difference for a player like me between the EMGs and the PRS Humbuckers respectively . In so far as the benefits of each for certain types of music.
- The major brick and mortar chain near my home (I think you can guess who that is) offers only the purple version Paul Allender. But a Missouri brick and mortar offers a red Paul Allender on Ebay and on their website. It appears to have the EMGs, but no "piping" along the edges of the body. Is it a 2013 or is it a left over model ? I ask because the PRS website doesn't list red as a color. The guitar is also less expensive.
- Are the bats on the neck too juvenile for a 50 yo? LOL. The bats are how I feel inside and more akin to what I play (riff it up). But I personally like the birds from esthetic standpoint, I think they are depicted more accurately.
- At my age this guitar is as much a decoration as it is a musical instrument. It will be displayed prominently somewhere in the house. So is the lack of piping on the red Allender make it that much less impressive than the other 2 with piping (if that's what it's called).
If you need more info, ask...I'm sure there's things about me and how I play that will help.
Thanks for any contributions, suggestions, advice, needling, or criticisms.