Recently PRS CE24 has been making cheaper guitars and trying to change their image from a guitar maker who only makes guitars for rich dentists to a guitar maker who makes guitars for everyone. Along with making more reasonably priced guitars they have also been making signature models for people younger players would recognize. One of those players who got a signature model was Nick Catanese. Nick Catanese is the other guitar player in Black Label Society opposite of Zakk Wylde who himself is no stranger to unnecessary endorsements.
To my knowledge Nick Catanese did not play a PRS model before they made a signature model for them. I always remember seeing him with Les Pauls. The guitar is PRS's single cut shape but with a slightly thicker body. The body is all mahogany and has the classic EMG setup with an 81 in the bridge and an 85 in the neck. It has a Tone pros wrap around bridge. It has a 22 fret ebony fretboard with red binding. The body of the guitar is bound in red and the pickup rings are also red. On the body of the guitar is a huge Nick Cantonese logo which I had never seen before.
Playability wise this guitar plays as good as any PRS guitar. It has PRS's wide-thin neck profile which feels a lot like a 60s Gibson profile. The Tone pros wrap around bridge is a great setup and matches well with the 25 inch scale. PRS guitars always seem to have better intonation than other guitars even with their seemingly simple bridge setups. The set neck joint is nice and slim so you can play all the way up on the neck.
This guitar could have been a lot better. If they kept the design simpler. They are losing a lot of potential customers with the huge crazy logo and the red binding. If it just had white or grey binding I think it would be really cool. And if it had to have the crazy logo on it why not make it removable or something or a finish option. Many guitar companies have them problem when it comes to signature guitars. Instead of just making a good guitar similar to what the guitarist uses they end up making 6 string billboards for that player and normal people dont want to play them live or anything because they have someone else s name plastered all over them.
(Originally written by vencell/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
- Where was it made?
In the USA, of course.
- How many frets, what kind of pickups and what is the pickup configuration?
Original PRS pickups with 5 combinations for a rather incredible sound range.
- What kind of bridge (Floyd Rose, Wilkinson....)?
A tremolo that stays in tune.
- What about controls (volume, tone, pickup selector...)?
One volume knob, one tone knob and one 5-way toggle switch.
- What kind of neck?
The neck is perfect, neither too thick nor too slim, it slides wonderfully, thank you PRS!
- Is the neck comfortable?
As I already mentioned, the neck slides wonderfully.
- Is the access to the upper frets easy?
It's not a problem although it's true that it's even better with a Flying V.
- Is the instrument ergonomic (body shape, weight...)?
What can I say... Have you seen PRS guitars?
- Is it easy to get the right sound?...
The 5 pickups combinations produce a wide sound range: jazz, blues, funk, rock, heavy metal...
- Do they fit your music style?
I play power rock and post rock (At the drive in, Mars volta, Mogwai...) and I had never played such a good guitar as this one. But it's all a matter of taste...
- Which amp(s) or effect(s) do you use it with?
I play it with an ENGL Screamer amp head.
- What kind of sounds do you get and which settings do you use ("crystal-clear", "fat", ...)?
The sound possibilities are very different, you can get a Fender-like crystal-clear sound without an unpleasant twang, but there's definitely something for every taste.
- Which sounds do you prefer / hate?
I personally love crystal-clear sounds but also fat (Marshall) sounds and the PRS gives me a very sophisticated sound with my amp head. It's a delight!!!
- How long have you been using it?
I've owned it for over 5 years and wow!!
- Which feature do you like the most / the least?
This guitar combines manufacturing quality (lutherie, hardware, components...) with great looks: PRS guitars are the hottest guitars on the market (as far as I'm concerned).
- Did you try any other models before buying it?
I tested a CE22, a Mc Carty and a Tremonty and I found the CE24 way more versatile than the others.
- How would you rate its value for money?
It's true that these guitars are very expensive but you must see it as an investment. The price is high but I don't regret my purchase.
- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?