Hello wise ones,
Usual story, I live far far away in a country with few dealers and very little stock, so could use your kind help deciding between 2 guitars. I travel a lot for work and have played Custom 24's in Singapore, A Studio in New Zealand, and a SAS Studio and 408 MT here in Sydney. I liked the 408MT an ants leg more than the SAS Studio however neither of them were affordable So am resorting to importing one from the US.
My choices are:
25th SAS Amber burst, listed as new, apparently it's had 5 hours use. 3 piece body which I confirmed with PRS support was not unusual.
408 Standard tobacco burst. Nov 2012 build, slight use but looks clean. Wide thin neck.
Both are 2K USD.
Love the SAS neck finish but suspect the 408 wide thin would suit my hands better. Wondering how much the Maple Top contributes to the 408's sound and if I'd then prefer the SAS over the 408 standard. Neither guitar really floats my boat appearance wise but beggars can't be choosers...
I have listened to every youtube video ever made on both, multiple times, through a Fiio Alpen and Beyer 770 pro cans to try and get the best impression possible. I've also read all the glowing reviews on the net and trawled this forum for info. And still no decision, it's doing my head in
I can only have one guitar so versatility is important, that prize goes to the 408 right ?
In terms of the tones I'm chasing my priority is 'beautiful' warm clean tones (eg bridge or bridge/middle) ie almost acoustic sounding (I know both guitars do this really well), followed by clean to slightly distorted bluesy woman tones. I play high gain stuff very rarely but appreciate singing solos and amp feedback. I'm not in to country or metal, my taste is mainstream to alternative - think SRV, Pink Floyd, Muse, The Foals. 95% of any live performing would be in church hence the priority on clean. I also own a home studio so the guitar will frequently be recorded.
The other catch is my amp (for the time being) is a Fender Mustang III v2, I'm not experienced enough to know if the guitar would be wasted through a solid state modelling amp (the Mustang) versus a nice tube amp. Correct me if I'm wrong but there's far more dynamic range in a tube amp and one can be a lot more expressive as a result. My old guitar sounded very flat and ordinary through a tube amp so I also question how much of the dynamic range comes from the guitar itself....If the amp is a hugely limiting factor I might be better off with a new SE Custom with tuner replacement and potentially new pick ups down the track....but will always wonder what could have been....
That's my dilemna, I know it's very subjective and I should go with the sound I like best however it's very difficult without having access to each model. I love them both. ANY help or views at all would be very much appreciated !!
Thanks so much