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    Older vs. Newer Custom 22 Semi-Hollows

    The hollow/semi-hollow bug continues, fueled by the recent acquisition of "Goldie" (yeah real original name) my 2000 CU22 (chambered) semi-hollow goldtop.

    With the EXP 2013 408 semi-hollow out-of-budget for 2014, I am considering tracking down one of the 2010 EXP CU22 semis with the F-hole & 57/08s. I have seen some very positive comments on those awhile back.

    Sound being subjective, how similar in tone is my older, chambered CU22 with stock Dragon IIs going to be to the newer F-holes with 57/08s?

    (btw my only experience with any 57/08 equipped guitars was about 30 minutes last summer with a Stripped 58 and and MC58 at my local GC)
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    The dragons are more pronounced in power!!. I put some dragon II in the custom 24 I got used and they sound stronger/ beefier/bass abundant-- than the 57/08 in the studio I have. It could be the cover on the 57/08 but it sounds thinner than the dragon II. I recently got a p22 and it has uncovered 57/08 which have a stronger sound than the covered( i like them better and may swap the bridge on the studio to an uncovered 57/08) but the dragons still out power them. IMO

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    I only own two PRS guitars right now. One of the is them model in question, the other is a Sig Ltd (which I know we both appreciate).

    I think you'll like it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CantankerousCarl View Post
    The hollow/semi-hollow bug continues, fueled by the recent acquisition of "Goldie" (yeah real original name) my 2000 CU22 (chambered) semi-hollow goldtop.

    With the EXP 2013 408 semi-hollow out-of-budget for 2014, I am considering tracking down one of the 2010 EXP CU22 semis with the F-hole & 57/08s. I have seen some very positive comments on those awhile back.

    Sound being subjective, how similar in tone is my older, chambered CU22 with stock Dragon IIs going to be to the newer F-holes with 57/08s?

    (btw my only experience with any 57/08 equipped guitars was about 30 minutes last summer with a Stripped 58 and and MC58 at my local GC)

    I think there is a big enough difference to own both guitars. The Fhole gives a more focused lead tone, and the custom 22 SH LTD is one of my fvaorite PRSs ever. That being said, if you can find a used semi hollow Artist 3 WITH TREM, IMO, they are the finest sounding guitars PRS has ever made, although you may want to change the Artist PUPs to 57/08s. The additional body depth makes a HUGE difference IMO. No F hole needed.

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    Occasionally Onery Member CantankerousCarl's Avatar
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    Thanks wardog, Mike & Tag...

    Quote Originally Posted by RedGuitars View Post
    I only own two PRS guitars right now. One of the is them model in question, the other is a Sig Ltd (which I know we both appreciate).

    I think you'll like it...
    Mike - forgot you had the semi as well. Not to put you on the spot, but since our Siggys are so close, can you do a little compare / contrast maybe?
    1990 CE24 MT | 1991 CU24 | 1991 CE24 | 1992 CE24 MT
    1993 STD 24 | 1997 CE24 3pc MT | 2008 SE Semi-Hollow Soapbar
    2011 SE Akesson | 2011 CU24 GC Throwback | 2012 Signature Limited
    2013 408 Brazilian | 2013 Paul's Guitar | 2013 S2 Mira | 2013 Hollowbody II
    2013 CU24 Swamp Ash Limited | 2014 SE Zach Myers

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    Well - I'm horrible at this sort of thing...

    I fell for the 57/08's when I bought my first Ted McCarty Ltd. I liked the pickups and the 24.5 scale - they just felt really good in my hands. But, I've always been a tremolo guy... so, when I saw the CU22 semi-hollow, and their specs, 57/08's, McSwitching - I ordered one the day they were announced.

    My pals that had the private stock Siggy Ltd's raved on them, so eventually I sold my other PRSi to fund one. I like the bound neck on the Siggy, similar to the Ted Ltd again, and I love the versatility of the pickup switching - and I like the Mc3way versus the current production slider.

    I would give the ever so slightest edge to the Siggy, something about the neck makes it very comfortable to play.

    That may not be much of a tone comparison, but like a lot of guys, seem no matter what I plug into or play, I sound pretty much the same... granted there is a big difference in either PRS and my Strat, but...
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