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CE24, Other Shape Guitar from PRS.


13 user reviews
Prices starting at $1,999 average price: $1,999

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  • Manufacturer:PRS
  • Model:CE24
  • Category:Other Shape Guitars
  • Added in our database on:06/17/2006

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User Reviews PRS CE24

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 13 reviews )
 8 reviews62 %
 3 reviews23 %
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MGR/Anonymous06/26/2001

MGR/Anonymous's review" Paul Reed Smith CE24"

PRS CE24
$600 Used


It seems PRS guitars speak for themselves, but here it goes. The range of tones you get are excellent. It is like having a 3-neck guitar with Strat, Tele, and Les Paul pickups on it. Truly a great range of vintage tones on a guitar with some modern features. The tremolo/tuning system is the best non-floyd rose I have played. Stays in tune perfectly through all but the most aggressive tremolo work. It plays like a dream, and looks like one.


A glue-in neck with ebony fingerboard and bird inlays would have been nice, but I'm not complaining.


The shape of this guitar coupled with a flame maple top, and the PRS style unstained maple stip (looks like binding) make it a beatiful, well constructed instrument.


PRS is among the best of the best. When I have the money, I will buy one of their top models.


This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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iamqman12/31/2011

iamqman's review" What can I say?"

PRS CE24
Paul Reed Smith guitars have a great exotic look but it's very versatile and dynamic town. These guitars are generally very great to look at and have a sensational appeal in there beautifully quilted tops. These guitars feature generally a mahogany wood with a maple top which gives the guitar a very dynamic and versatile tone. They generally are equipped with humbukcer pickups or their own Paul Reed Smith mini humbucker pickups. These guitars are extremely versatile and you can easily find country artists all the way up to modern new metal guitarists play these guitars. There's something about them that has just a great feel and tone for basically every style of music. Not to mention how beautifully constructed and how well-built they are adds to the allure of these instruments.


UTILIZATION

BODY
Top Wood Maple Top and Flame Maple Veneer
Back Wood Mahogany
NECK
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 25"
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Rosewood
Neck Shape Wide Thin
Fretboard Inlays Birds
HARDWARE/ELECTRONICS
Bridge PRS Designed Tremolo
Tuners PRS Designed Tuners
Truss Rod Cover "PRS"
Hardware Type Nickel
Treble Pickup PRS Designed SE HFS Treble
Bass Pickup PRS Designed SE Vintage Bass
Pickup Switching Volume and Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector


SOUNDS

The tone of these guitars are very similar to Gibson style tone. If you've ever played any mahogany based guitar such as a Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, or Explorer guitar that you will find yourself very comfortable with this instrument. The funny thing about these guitars is that they sounds very chiming and clean with clean amplifier setting. I've never found a Gibson guitar give off any type of solid spanky clean tone, but these guitars find some way to balance itself out in the frequency range to give a solid clean tone. It's very remarkable to my ears to hear a guitar that can cover so much ground as these instruments can. It is an easy selling point for these guitars that gives a user such a variety of total features to operate.

OVERALL OPINION

These guitars are quite expensive but you can find them 40% of the new value on any type of classifieds or used section online or in some guitar retailers. I suggest getting one of these guitars used because then you allow the person who originally bought it take to hit on the expenses new price. Even though these are quiet expensive they are great guitars and hold most of their value quite well. They sound good when playing a recording session or any type of live gigging setting. Overall these are great versatile instruments that sounds fantastic.
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ericthegreat11/24/2011

ericthegreat's review" grand slam "

PRS CE24
The PRS CE24 is an Amazing guitar! Before buying this guitar I had looked at a bunch of others. I was really focusing on the Billie Joe Les Paul but once I played the PRS CE24 it blew my mind away. This guitar has so many sounds in it. I can get that great rock n roll sound, and still get a great blues sound, and with a little distortion you get some great punk.


UTILIZATION

The split coil pickups are definitely an amazing design, I love them. And not to mention how sexy this thing looks. I have owned the exact same one as pictured and looks absolutely beautiful. I definitely recommend getting this guitar if you are willing to splurge a little cash, because they don’t come too cheap. Hopefully you can find this exact same color.


SOUNDS

This guitar leans closer to the latter, but it doesn't have the raw crunch and power of, say, a Les Paul. It's more of a guitar for progessive metal, and really 80's style rock leads, though with the right amp combo it can sound good for more general rock too. If I had to say whether or not it suited my style, I'd probably say no. But I'd be doing the guitar a great disservice to say that it didn't sound good. As far as the tones it's going for, it's got them nailed. The leads and sustain are soaring. The more well-known guys who use these guitars all use them to great effect, and this guitar is one of their better models. I must say though, I'm not a fan of the clean tones at all, they seem boring and have no pop.


OVERALL OPINION


The guitar just sounds great, and its exactly what use guitar players love to have in our possesion. Its not hard at all to get a nice clean sound. The top frets are really easy to reach and the high notes sound amazing. it’s a nice heavy guitar, but not too have in weight terms. With 24 frets and 2 hum buckers you cant go wrong with the PRS CE24.
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nickname00904/03/2011

nickname009's review

PRS CE24
This is a review of an older 1998-ish PRS CE24, they're now unfortunately discontinued and no longer available in the PRS line. The SE korean series have taken over.

specs:

* bolt on hard maple neck
* rosewood fingerboard
* 25 inch scale
* 5 position rotary pu selector, volume and tone
* PRS trem system
* abalone dot inlays
* 14:1 low mass locking tuners
* wide-thin neck
* HFS and Vintage Bass pickups
* maple carved top with blue/greenish flame

Depending on the neck you get, the wide thin being the most popular, this can either make or break your decision on being happy with the guitar.



UTILIZATION

First of all I want to say I loved these CE guitars, I think they're the best in all of the PRS guitar line. They're dead simple, yet amazing in quality and the price range wasn't too shabby either!

The bolt on neck has a heel which has changed over the years in size. Though i can still get to the upper frets no problem. The guitar is comfortable to play and the 25" scale is not too foreign to me even though on paper it's definitely different from a fender or gibson. The wide thin neck is a gorgeous fit also.

Every detail has been thought of, down to even the strap buttons, which are HUGE on purpose so you don't have to go out and buy aftermarket strap locks! And the weight of PRS guitars is almost always consistently good!

The only REAL beef I have is the 5 way rotary switch, while it's a cool idea cause it's unique and looks neat, it's not very practical in a live situation. I like to switch pickups a lot during a phrase so it takes a quick flip movement, but the rotary switch design doesn't allow that.

The locking tuners are good, and so is the trem! I've never really had any troubles with USA guitars equipped with trems for some reason, they just know how to get it right!

SOUNDS

PRS pickups have a very distinct sound. It's not too PAF-like but not modern either, they seem to sit right in between. The pickups are, i'd say medium to high gain. The time I spent with this guitar, I played mostly through a VHT pitbull head and a zinky 2x12 cab.

Neck pickup (clean):
Very nice, smooth and clear. Not overly thick or muddy either. Almost PAF-like but a bit more compressed.

Neck pickup (dirty):
Smooth and never brittle. Can get a bit muddy on the low end depending on how you use it, but it is dynamic and definitely not sterile.

Neck pickup (split):
This would be the 2nd position on the switch assuming position 1 is the neck pickup by itself. This is supposed to emulate a sort of strat-like sound. It doesn't sound like a strat to me at all, it's still too thick and not bright and 'twangy' enough for it. It still sounds good, don't get me wrong, but it's not quite there if you're lookin for a strat-ish sound. It's just more of a nice clean spli/bucker sound. I'm talking clean here, it's not really favorable with distortion.

Neck+bridge: I never use this.

Bridge pickup split: Sort of the same idea as the neck pickup split but with less bass. Still not quite strat-like but still a decent clean overall.

Bridge pickup clean: Nice and jangly, plenty of headroom.

Bridge pickup dirty: Very smooth. Bluesy/jazzy and if you crank the gain you can get some really nice vintage crunch sounds, depending of course, on the amp you're using it with. It's not a tight pickup however, it's a little bit loose for tight rhythmic metal-like stuff, but for anything else it's thick and clear enough. Cleans up well with the volume rolled down, I always like that in a pickup!

Again the pickups sound good. I wouldn't change them, but then again I wouldn't go out of my way to install them on another guitar either. They have a very distinct sound that can be noticed instantly from all the modern rock bands playin them, it doesn't seem to matter what model pickup, they all seem to have the same signature sound. I remember going through PRS's website, I can't find it anymore but they used to have sound clips of all their pickups, and I swear to god, they were all exactly the same, no matter what model you chose! Maybe that's why that part of the site is gone now? I don't know..And my ears aren't bad! I can hear subtle nuances!

OVERALL OPINION

Overall it's a great guitar! It's basically an LP/strat-hybrid guitar, that's the whole point of a PRS, so that you'd be able to get the best of both worlds in one guitar! I don't mind bolt on necks vs neck through/set neck, they're all good for their own reasons. Sustain is in the player not the neck joint. I bought this for a REAL good used price a couple years back I wish I kept it...

I honestly think these are the best PRS guitars for the money. Everything else above the CE line is basically just a pimped up version of it aesthetically.

Too bad they don't make'em anymore. They were near perfect work-horse, yet high quality and long-lasting guitars...well..maybe that's exactly why they stopped makin'em?

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