Anyone who knows me and my business will know that I’m a big fan of PRS Guitars – I’ve owned, sold and played them now for around 30 years – I accept beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the aesthetic qualities of any guitar – But to me, an impeccable build quality, coupled with the way they feel and play, is the main reason I’m a fan of such guitars – And I’m saying that as both a player and salesman – So now time to list a host of info regarding this used PRS Singlecut SC250, from 2009, with a traditional dark cherry sunburst finish
- In no particular order, I’ve listed below a few key details :-
- Whole guitar only weighs 8lbs and 1oz – So for an LP style guitar, then surely this is more than credible
- Complete with the deluxe PRS case as well as the appropriate swing tag
- Wide/Fat neck profile was the standard option on the SC250 – measures .884″ around the top nut end and .973″ around the 12th fret – Comfortable depth – Less meat on it than the vintage flavoured R7, R8, R9 Les Pauls – More meat on it than what Gibson refer to as the 60’s LP profile – Key issue is that it is easy to handle
- Dark chocolate + smooth rosewood fingerboard
- 25″ scale length
- Re-strung + set-up with a slick ‘n’ easy action that can please both any speed merchant, yet a chunky set of frets (approx 6150 size) allows for effortless + controlled string bending
- Condition wise – Clean frets – The merest hint of any wear on the EBG strings, around the first few frets, is barely worth a mention – Put it this way, it has taken around 12 years of playing to get to such ‘minimal wear’ that you could well have another 10 years of use before any fret dress work might be required – Usual oxidization of the nickel hardware – You’ll find a blemish to the maple binding on the body, in the waist, on the bass string side – About 1″ long – Look carefully and you’ll find the odd compression mark to the gloss finish, but most are just skin deep – Maybe a PRS that will appeal more to a player, who can play it without getting upset about it acquiring any additional grazes – It is certainly not abused, but it ain’t a case queen either – Such blemishes certainly don’t detract from its playing performance in any way shape, or form
- Custom wound + spec’d SC250 humbuckers – no coil tap option – Neck measures 7.9K – Bridge measures 14.45K
The Singlecut SC250 is effectively a revamp of the original Singlecut model, with a few additional tweaks to suit the modern rock guitarist – Hotter bridge pickup, new adjustable wrapover bridge/tailpiece, plus locking tuners – The one piece mahogany body is spec’d with tonal chambers to give the guitar greater resonance, tight lows, along with an increased natural harmonic content, hence a more lively tone – Also helps in the overall weight department as this PRS SC250 comes in very nicely at 8lbs and 1oz – A one piece mahogany neck with the wide/fat profile was offered as the main option on the SC250 – Whilst the neck profile has similar measurements to a Gibson LP, it certainly feels very comfortable, plus slick ‘n’ easy to handle, coupled with easy access to the top end of the fingerboard, so far less of that clubby feel that you’ll find on many LP’s – It is getting that balance right between enough meat to aid tone, sustain and stability v a comfortable feel to deliver the ultimate playing performance – The 22 fret rosewood fingerboard features 22 medium jumbo frets, which are impeccably installed and polished to perfection – The guitar is set up with a well balanced fluid action, so even with a set of 10’s, string bending is smooth and effortless, whilst flashy speed licks can flow effortlessly from your fingertips, which will ensure it is a favourite for the modern rock gymnastics players – Fitted throughout with nickel hardware, including the PRS spec’d wrapover bridge/tailpiece with adjustable bridge saddles, whilst a set of PRS 14:1 ratio locking tuners are now fitted on to the SC250
Tone is provided by a pair of PRS 250 Treble and Bass humbuckers, controlled in the traditional way via a 3 way toggle switch along with a volume and tone pot for each pick-up – The neck pick-up possesses excellent articulation, whilst it still retains its velvet smooth vintage based qualities, so ideal when you wish to drop into the more sultry classic rock blues styles of Moore and Bonamassa – As such the SC250 is not just a modern rock beast – Maybe you weren’t expecting the SC250 to be capable of performing in a chilled out jazz/blues environment, but that neck pick-up can purrrrr with the best of them – The bridge pickup, on a guitar like this, will probably end up doing the lions share of the hard work in a modern rock combo – Maybe it is a fine line between a brutal shin kicker and a controlled party animal that has been held back on a leash – The tone from the bridge pick-up is big and thick, with a lot of influences from the Tremonti bridge humbucker, hence full tight lows, clear highs with just enough punch in the mid range region, so no shortage of sustain – Coupled with excellent articulation, string separation is clearly noticeable on chords and arpeggios, even when you wish to add shed loads of overdrive on your amp – Try a few drop tunings and thanks to the tighter 25″ scale length, the guitar still delivers the goods perfectly, with no hint of sloppiness on the thicker strings – From bone crunching riffs to scorching lead work the SC250 is an ideal guitar for the modern rock based guitarist – However with the variation of tone on modern amps, coupled with big variations on gain levels etc, the SC250 can deliver more traditional vintage tones if required, so do not think of it as a one trick pony
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