These are things I’d prefer were done differently, but I don’t really mind because they are very minute design differences as opposed to an actual quality difference. Make sure to check them out here! This is a much warmer guitar than a “normal” PRS. Again though, for modern metal and prog tones I would prefer something tighter; I’ve had great results from a lot of the contemporary-voiced Bare Knuckle Pickups in these guitars. They’re definitely serviceable, but they’re not up to the standard that Core Models have set. The tone is definitely for someone who likes vintage vibes, and is not too far removed from the classic Les Paul Studio sound. The satin finish is beautiful and rugged, and the dots actually manage to work, especially with the addition of a pickguard. As I said, the pickups are very versatile, thanks in no small part to the switching, but a swap would be recommend for very heavy styles. Considering the general fit and finish of the guitar, it’s very surprising how much quality you’re getting for around $1,000. They’re fantastic guitars overall, and the only corners being cut are small aesthetic and mildly functional matters. I highly recommend trying it downtuned because it thickens up the stock pickups a bit, and the resonance from the all mahogany set-neck construction is really useful in that situation. The body carve is a bit more aggressive on these than on the core line. To be fair, that’s because those guitars not only have some amazing pickups, but also frequently have some specialized wiring. Let’s see how they stack up to the CU24, shall we? Again though, for modern metal and prog tones I would prefer something tighter; I’ve had great results from a lot of the contemporary-voiced Bare Knuckle Pickups in these guitars. Even better, because it is a push/pull as opposed to a 5 way, you can get the split tone from both pickups simultaneously: AKA pure tele goodness. But what’s up with the PRS S2 Standard 24 Satin? These are better than US Gibsons. But it’s still built, assembled, and finished at the company’s Stevensville, Maryland, factory, with the same attention to detail as pricier PRS models. The small changes to the iconic Cu24 make this ideal both for someone looking to get their first PRS, or a long-time player who wants to try something fresh and new. Read the PRS story; get factory tour details for your next visit, and check out our career opportunities. Like the new pickups, and white birds, for example. So let’s get right to it. Luckily, that’s not a big deal given the inexpensive price of the guitar. The quality is no-compromise. Conversely, less picky players could easily get fine tones for most genres out of these with a good rig. The full specifications of this S2 Standard 24 Satin are: We already know about the S2’s different top carve, and that the hardware is still stable. Hi all, PRS have released a very intriguing guitar - the S2 Studio - check out the video on the PRS website: ... S2 standard 24 and the Vela and love how these guitars play in fact I probably play these two guitars more than my '91 CU24. The Locking Tuners also work great! On top of some experimental models being released under the S2 line like the Vela we reviewed, some old obscurities are being brought back as well. The PRS S2 Standard 24 Satin has classic PRS appointments, but almost feels like a totally different guitar…and it works. © 2020 Wired Guitarist, All rights reserved, Ernie Ball Announce 3 New BFR Models For June, Boss Reveal New 200 Series Effects Pedals, How To Set Up a Click and Backing Tracks For Your Show, ESP Release New 400 Series Metallic Fade Lineup, Avenged Sevenfold Auction Off Gear To Support Music Education, PRS Guitars Announce New S2 Vela Semi-Hollow Models, June Gear Exchange Champion: Daemoness Cimmerian, Set Mahogany Neck with Pattern Regular Profile. August 2014 in Guitar. The lack of a maple top is what the Standards are known for, and it definitely looks great on this guitar. We are also authorized PRS dealers and can get you a great deal on whatever model you’d like. Even better, because it is a push/pull as opposed to a 5 way, you can get the split tone from both pickups simultaneously: AKA pure tele goodness. Oddly enough, I think the splits are much better in the normal CU24 S2, which could be attributed to the extra punch and clarity from the maple top? The PRS Custom 24 S2 is a fantastic way to get a real-deal PRS on a budget. I really love the push/pull on this, because the split sounds are super percussive, and I really like that tone with some gain on it for fast licks. It’s really comfortable, and a nice change of pace. If you’re curious about what we think of the classic CU24, you can, Ernie Ball Announce 3 New BFR Models For June, Boss Reveal New 200 Series Effects Pedals, How To Set Up a Click and Backing Tracks For Your Show. [ENDED] Kiesel Lithiums and Centersun Giveaway! We’ve already established that the S2 series by PRS is pretty awesome. I highly recommend trying it downtuned because it thickens up the stock pickups a bit, and the resonance from the all mahogany set-neck construction is really useful in that situation. So, PRS’ trademark is thick, short scale and mahogany rock & roll tone, with a little mud pulled out from the extra .25” on the scale length, and a bit more balance from the maple tops. On top of some experimental models being released under the S2 line like the Vela we reviewed, some old obscurities are being brought back as well. © 2020 Wired Guitarist, All rights reserved. The HFS and Vintage Bass pickups aren’t the best out there, but I can’t imagine them upsetting anyone. These stripped-down axes are a great way to get PRS quality on a budget. The full specs of this Cu24 S2 used for the review are as follows: As you can see this is very similar to the core line, with some small aesthetics toned down a bit, and different electronics/hardware. Do you want a PRS S2? The satin finish is exceptionally well executed considering the guitar’s price range. That being said, these S2s were not built for metal, so it isn’t a huge deal, and replacing the pickups on these is kind of something you might expect going into it if you’re after ultra tight metal tones. All the split positions offer nice woody tones that are at home in all genres. Featuring a Floyd Rose bridge, PRS's uncovered \m/ pickups and a "Pattern Thin" neck (an updated version of PRS's Traditional Wide Thin neck), this model is a stunning upgrade to the solid body that made Paul Reed Smith so respected in the music world. This article was written by Kyle Karich, our editor located in Florida. All three are made at the PRS factory in Maryland where their namesake flagship counterparts are also built, but the materials and manufacturing techniques differ slightly. PRS Guitars Announce New S2 Vela Semi-Hollow Models. Better tops, more finish variety, different hardware and pickups, and the original top-carving. 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