I have the chance to get an SE Custom 24 or an Epi Les Paul Custom. Clearly, the PRS is build better than the Epi, no question. What I am after is the "Les Paul" sound, but honestly would prefer to get it from a PRS. I can get this SE Custom 24 at a great price point (discontinued color,) and that is why I am considering it. My budget is $5-600 tops, so a different SE at street prices may not be an option, used is of course.
When playing the SE vs the LP, what I notice is that on the SE, the notes do not bloom as much or as well as on the LP immediately after the attack. It sounds a little thinner by comparison on the SE. I am thinking this is because of the thicker slab of mahogany on the LP, but it could be pickups too - the Epi has what they call "Alnico Classics" - not mudbuckers, but certainly not as defined as the ones on the SE.
I love the playability (oh that wide thin neck!!) and the bite/cut that the SE has compared to the Epi LP, but I really want that distinct note bloom that maple capped LPs are known for. Is this possible with the SE?
Would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions here.