NGD, PRS CE22. Not sure if I have a problem

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  1. CosmicCowboy

    CosmicCowboy Supporting Member

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    I grabbed a 1995 PRS CE22 off Reverb. It was advertised as having the original pickups, but I knew the wiring was not original, since it has a 3-way switch. I was looking forward to trying out the Dragons...but they are NOT original. The neck is a Dimarzio 36th Anniversary. I've got something going on for the next hour, so I can't see if I'm happy to keep it with those installed. :mad:

    Update and pics to come.
     
  2. Coolidge

    Coolidge Member

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    Since I have HATED every PRS pickup I have owned I say no big deal.
     
  3. FractalGarden

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    I bought 2 PRS guitars with Dragon 1s in them. I mentioned this in another thread, but the internet told me to revere them, and I tried, and then I sold both sets. Didn't like them, at all. And like Coolidge up above, I've swapped out all my PRS guitars' pickups for others.
     
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  4. tonedover

    tonedover Supporting Member

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    Well seller owes $$ or option for return w/ refund
     
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  5. the_Chris

    the_Chris It's All Been Done Before Supporting Member

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    You should be thankful they didn’t come stock with PRS pickups - they’re not awful, but the Dimarzio are definitely an upgrade.
     
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    I'd get a refund or return the guitar, no question. This is simple because of the listing stating stock pickups. False advertising is no good.

    However, is lose no sleep over missing the dragons. They're my least favorite PRS pups. YMMV
     
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  7. archey

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    That would have came with Dragon 1 pickups, which are valuable ($200ish for a set). If he said the guitar comes with original pickups and it didn't I'd be saying something. Even if you wanted to change them out you would have got a good amount for the set.
     
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  8. CosmicCowboy

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    Second question: the stock tuners have been swapped out for Grovers (probably because I see a lot of hate on the stock locking tuners. Would it have to have been modified to accommodate the Grovers? With the Grovers and what appears to be a StewMac tremolo stop installed, tuning is less stable than the S2 C24 I had. I've had a chance to plug it in and the pickups are fine. But if I can't get decent locking tuners on it and return the trem to proper functionality it's going back. :(

    It's a shame, because a CE22 with the Wide Fat neck seems harder to find.
     
  9. CosmicCowboy

    CosmicCowboy Supporting Member

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    Yeah, it probably would have made a difference on my offer. I hate to be the guy that asks for a partial refund, so right now I'm leaning towards sending it on back.
     
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    mystixboi Supporting Member

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    Send it back
     
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  11. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Too much off
    Yes modded for Grover’s

    Most ce22s are wide fat
     
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    Yep, I'd return it too. I'll be the voice of dissent on the Dragon 1's - I love them (in fact, they're the only 'old' PRS pickup I do love)

    With disclaimers - mine are in a 94 CE-22 from the first 6 months of production, so it's got an all alder body. I don't think I'd like them as much in a mahogany/maple guitar (they're a dark high gain pickup). Also, if you're looking for a PAF tone, the 36th's are probably a better choice - the Dragon 1 bridge is a balls-out RAWK pickup.

    But for high gain, there are few things I've ever heard better than a Dragon 1.
     
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    I'd send it back. Too much wrong/not disclosed.
     
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    Ugh. What would have been modified? Reamed the holes larger?

    Good to know. I was seeing most that were wide thin
     
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    Likely larger ream for the Grovers. Return it, dude.
     
  16. big mike

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    Don’t recall seeing a wide thin ce22

    Usually 24=w/t
    22=w/f

    People often don’t get it and list it wrong

    Probably not ream the headstock but still extra hole

    seems like he sold off the best parts for resale before selling
     
  17. CosmicCowboy

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    Thanks. I had seen on the PRS site that they came in either one, and I've seen a few wide thin. I really wanted the wide fat, and this one had it. I'm ok with the pickups, they actually remind me a lot of the ones in my McCarty, but the rest puts me off. I'm going to sleep on it, but in the morning I will likely request a refund.

    I'm bummed. The rest of the guitar I really like.

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. slipbeer

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    Can you get a discount to make it right. If it’s got good bones it might be worth asking for a partial refund.

    Otherwise it definitely need to go back. Even if “original pickups” means what was in the guitar when the seller got it, it’s BS.
     
  19. tonedover

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    dont worry, “there’ll be another one come ‘round shortly”
     
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  20. sergiodeblanc

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    Dude owes you some money if his listing didn’t disclose the mods. Used Grovers are like $30.... Used PRS tuners are $100+ for the most part, and NOT an “upgrade” in any sense of the word.
     
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