PRS Singlecut People

Johnny LaRue

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Hows the upper fret access on these? My main beef with LP's are the horrible upper fret access. Looking at the heel on the PRS, it looks better, but I have never tried one myself, thanks!
 
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About the same on a Les Paul. All depends on the size of your hands really, I have no issues. You want good upper fret access with humbuckers, consider an SG.
 
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With my Les Paul I can easily get to 15th fret with my index finger and 18th with my little finger. In other words playing scales at those frets is not a problem. Past that an it sucks for access. With my SC245 scales are easy from the 17th-20th frets. Beyond that the access is a bit of a pain but not as bad as the LP. The truth is I really don't spend much time up there with either guitar though.
 
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Johnny LaRue

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Well, I have one on the way, hope its better! I just remember trying to bend the high E a whole step on a LP is kinda a pain. I have pretty big hands so, we'll see...
 

Lewguitar

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The Singlecut heal carve is very nice, I find upper fret access on them much better than LPs. YMMV.
Me too. No way does it feel the same as a Les Paul.

Much easier access on the PRS Singlecuts than on a Les Paul.

I have two PRS Singlecuts and they get as much playing time as my two Custom 22's.
 

Johnny LaRue

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Me too. No way does it feel the same as a Les Paul.

Much easier access on the PRS Singlecuts than on a Les Paul.

I have two PRS Singlecuts and they get as much playing time as my two Custom 22's.

That makes me feel better, I used to have a CU22, stupidly sold it, got a killer deal on a used Singlecut so thought I'd give that a try.
 

jimmyj

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I have 2 PRS Singlecuts and have A/B'd them with an R9 LP at a gig. Upper fret access was considerably better on the Singlecuts.

It's not just the heel difference. The cutaway is scalloped on the PRS.
 

Dr Slapstick

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I went from two LP's to the PRS in my profile pic - Singlecut HBII. Fantastic guitar, and the upper frets have better access than on my (former) LPs.
 

Rocco Crocco

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My Zach Myers SE neck heel and access is the same as my Les Paul... not that great.

Edit -- i thought singlecut was just a term to describe the guitar, not an actual model.
 
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scott944

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Funny, I just played one the other day to reconfirm that, for me, the double cut is the only way to go.
 
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jlb32

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To me they are not that much different. The PRS singlecut is thinner, etc... but overall if you have problems with a LP then you will probably have problems with a PRS Singlecut. I own both but I am 6'4" and have fairly big hands. For me both are very comfortable.
 

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I have an SC250. I got it in a trade and once I got it set up, I sold my last, and favorite, LP. Fret access, and playability in general, was significantly better and I love the SC250 pickups. I thought, "Man, I gotta check out these PRS guitars."

So I got a DGT...
 

paintguy

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I have had my share of both. PRS wins hands down on the upper fret access. Still love a Les Paul like no other....
 

cust22

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Les Paul's kill my hand when I try to get above the 18th fret. I have medium sized hands. I have a PRS sc250. And I have no problems at all with upper fret access. Very comfortable to play.
 

wilblee

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To me they are not that much different. The PRS singlecut is thinner, etc... but overall if you have problems with a LP then you will probably have problems with a PRS Singlecut. I own both but I am 6'4" and have fairly big hands. For me both are very comfortable.

Gotta disagree. My SC250 is not noticeably thinner nor lighter than my LP, but where I had problems with every LP I played, the SC250 gave me no such problems.
 

jlb32

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Gotta disagree. My SC250 is not noticeably thinner nor lighter than my LP, but where I had problems with every LP I played, the SC250 gave me no such problems.

Sounds like you prefer PRS necks. The necks are different. I know my PRS Singlecut neck feels much different from any of my Gibson Les Paul necks. I like them all though.

Thickness wise the Singlecuts are usually 1/2 inch or so thinner. My 2002 PRS Singlecut is a solid body but only weighs around 7.5 lbs. Most of my LP's are around 9 lbs. My LP Custom is around 10 lbs. Not a huge difference for me personally but you can feel the difference easily when picking them up.
 




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