Incoming bonus-PRS Artist Package Custom 22 or Gibson CS LP Custom?

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  1. MNGuitar

    MNGuitar Member

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    I've got a bonus coming in June and plan on splurging on my first high end guitar. I currently have an assortment of imports (a semi hollow and a strat), and my current #1 is a PRS Mira with Lollar Imperials.

    I've played versions of the Custom 22 and LPs in the past, and get along well with both. I'm looking at either a PRS Custom 22 Artist Package for $3k, with 57/08s and an ebony fretboard

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    Or finding a Custom Shop LP Custom from 2010 or 2011 with an ebony fretboard. I'd love a Silverburst

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    Can anyone sway me in one direction or the other? Buying both isn't an option.
     
  2. kracdown

    kracdown Custom User Title Gold Supporting Member

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    Apples and oranges. What feels better to you? I'd personally take the LP.
     
  3. Bankston

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    Agreed. You really have to play both to see which you prefer because they are very different guitars.
     
  4. Whitecat

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    I dig the spec on that CU22 a lot, but as these guys say they are very different animals and trying might be a good idea.

    As an aside, at the moment quilted maple isn't available on Artist packs from PRS so if the one you have your eye on is a quilt top then it's got a slight rarity factor. Not enough to increase the value of it, but a talking point. :)
     
  5. Braunzo

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    At this point, I'd be taking the PRS. I think they're more versatile, my back doesn't hurt as much after playing one out for an extended period of time and I personally find the attention to detail quite a bit better than Gibson's. That being said, I do love a nice Les Paul, though. I find it easier to find a super nice PRS than a good Les Paul, though.
     
  6. bkatx

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    I've owned several PRS (CU24, Mira, McCartys) and several LPs. They are both very nice and very different, so it will come down to personal preference.

    I'd also look at the used market, PRS can be had for a substantial discount and their fit and finish is always exceptional. And, generally, people baby their PRS so used guitars are often in pristine condition. Gibsons are more of a crap shoot but nice used ones are out there.
     
  7. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    PRS with ebony boards and vintage sounding pickups are exceptional guitars. I would go with the PRS, if the neck was not a wide thin.
     
  8. MNGuitar

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    I'm leaning toward the custom 22, but I'm afraid of having some overlap due to the similar voiced pickups and scale length as my Mira, but I could always throw a set of JB/Jazz in the Mira...
     
  9. archey

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    PRS. Not even a contest.
     
  10. Rango

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    USED... of either. I did the PRS thing, fantastic build quality...but the Les Paul is home. Bought an R9 and sold the PRS "Pauls" and P22 because they just sat.... Sure pretty to look at...
     
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    If I were you I'd spend some more and get both used.
    Used PRS prices are bargains compared to the new prices, and as for the LPC you can get an ebony board buying used ones.
    If you just want one new guitar, I'd go for a CU22 AP myself.
     
  12. Meals

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    They are both such great guitars. I'd go PRS due to the weight. You can always change pickups if you think they sound too similar.
     
  13. Guitarbean25

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    57/07 pickups are divine. Also, weight is important as well as overall comfort as it hangs on your shoulder. They are different beasts like people have said, but sonically they should be on the same side of the fence. I'm partial to PRS because you can do the LP thing and not give yourself neck problems.
     
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    I'd take my time and go with a used PRS.
     
  15. 59Bassman

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    PRS. Every day and twice on Sunday. Silverburst is second only to Fender's Antigua in the "ugliest finish ever" contest....
     
  16. Wedge

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    PRS is my choice but if you find a good LP Custom it might be the one.
     
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    +1. My sentiments exactly...
     
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    Lot's of good advice in this thread. I faced a similar dilemma and ended up getting a Les Paul Custom with ebony board that I loaded with PRS 57/08 pickups. Best of both worlds :).

    One additional suggestion- There's still NOS PRS MC58s and SC58's in the dealer channel (they come with artist tops, fretboard binding, artist inlays, and paisley cases). I've played several of them and they have all been great guitars- definitely investigate these as well.
     
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