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24/09/2019

Review: PRS SE Custom 24 Roasted Maple

PRS Guitars have recently introduced a Europe-only special edition of their SE Custom 24 model – the PRS SE Custom 24 Roasted Maple Neck (price in Finland: 899 €), which is available in four very tasty finishes.

The Custom 24 is the foundation of PRS Guitars’ model range and the starting point of the company’s success story. Paul Reed Smith’s first handmade guitars were basically carved top, humbucker-equipped, deluxe versions of Gibson’s late-50s Doublecut Les Paul Special, not unlike Hamer Sunbursts. Mr Smith knew, when he started his guitar company, that he wanted to come up with a guitar that was truly his own brainchild.

This guitar was the PRS Custom 24, a model which fuses certain Fender elements (the double cutaway body and the vibrato bridge) with the glued neck, mahogany body and general aesthetics the Gibson Les Paul was known for. The 25-inch scale lies halfway between Gibson and Fender, while the improved vibrato, the straight string pull headstock and many cosmetic touches, such as the bird inlays, the deep treble cutaway chamfer, and the faux binding, were all Paul Reed Smith’s own designs.

PRS’ successful SE (= Student Edition) range is made in South Korea, which is where the special edition models come from, too. The Roasted Maple’s body stays faithful to the original by combining a contoured mahogany back with a carved maple top. To keep costs down the beautiful quilted maple front is a thin veneer on top of a plain maple top. The faux binding is achieved by masking the top’s rim prior to colour staining. The masking tape is then removed before the final clear coats are applied.

What makes this special edition special indeed is the neck:

Instead of mahogany topped with a rosewood fretboard, the Custom 24 Roasted Maple uses thermo-treated (aka torrefied or baked maple) as the material for both the set neck and the fingerboard. The theory behind the pressure cooker-type thermo treatment is that the heat and steam applied turns new wood into wood that closely resembles decades old, well-seasoned wood in terms of its look, and more importantly, its physical properties.

The fingerboards sports 24 gleaming, medium-sized frets, as well as black versions of PRS’ famous bird inlays. The smooth and well-cut nut is self-lubricating for optimum return to pitch.

The Custom 24 Roasted Maple’s twin humbucker’s are the newest SE-version of PRS’ US-made pickups, called the 85/15S. PRS promises that these ceramic pickups deliver an excellent mix of high output levels and juicy tones.

The 85/15S pickups are connected to a three-way blade switch and a master volume and master tone. A push/pull-switch in the tone control splits both humbuckers into single-coil mode.

PRS’ patented vibrato bridge is much chunkier than vintage designs, and it also features a push in arm with adjustable tension.

Naturally, PRS also includes their high-quality SE-gigbag with the Custom 24 Roasted Maple.

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The only small gripe I have with the review sample, is the guitar’s weight. Mind you, we’re not talking 1970s millstone Strats or Les Pauls here, but this particular guitar is heavier that I would have expected.

The workmanship, the quality of the finish, and the set-up puts PRS’ SE models in a league of their own, and the new Roasted Maple-version of the Custom 24 is no exception. The finish and fretwork are flawless, the action (with the supplied set of .009s) extremely slinky, yet completely buzz-free, and the floating vibrato works smoothly and without any tuning hiccups.

Even after all these years in the business I still find PRS Guitars’ neck profile names highly confusing. The company calls the carve on the Roasted Maple guitar a ”Wide Thin” neck. To me this always sounds like an early-Nineties super flat Superstrat neck, when in fact the SE Custom 24’s neck profile is slightly oval, well-rounded and of medium depth.

I don’t know it’s only my mind playing tricks, but to me it sounds like the maple neck adds a tiny bit of zing to this guitar’s acoustic tone. There’s a tiny amount of added ”Strattiness” in the mix, if you like.

Although I tend to be more in favour of low-to-medium output humbuckers, I have to admit that the PRS 85/15S units sound rather juicy, in spite of their high output. Thanks to the volume control’s treble bleed circuit you can really use the Custom 24’s controls to their fullest effect, without compromising your tone. The option to split the humbuckers for more wiry tones is an additional plus.

The first clip is an example of the PRS SE Custom 24 Roasted Maple’s basic sounds. It starts off with the humbuckers split:

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The special edition PRS SE Custom 24 Roasted Maple Neck is a worthy addition to the company’s SE-range. If you’ve ever fancied a mid-priced PRS with a set maple neck, here’s your chance.

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PRS SE Custom 24 Roasted Maple Neck

899 € (including gigbag)

Distribution: EM Nordic

Thanks to DLX Music Helsinki for the loan of the review guitar!

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Pros:

+ workmanship

+ playability

+ versatility

+ sound

Cons:

– review guitar a little bit heavy

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17/09/2019

PRS SE Custom 24 Roasted Maple – the Kitarablogi-video

10/09/2019

PRS SE Custom 24 Roasted Maple – Now on Soundcloud

PRS SE Custom 24 Roasted Maple

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06/04/2019

Review: Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

Kitarablogi jumped at the opportunity to take a new Raato Custom Guitars PenetRaatoR Multiscale 6 for a spin.

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The PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale (prices starting at 3,270 €; this guitar: 3,900 €) is a handcrafted electric solidbody guitar, which offers each string its own scale length. Here the bottom E-string has a scale length of 27.75 inches, while the treble e-string’s scale is 26.5 inches. A previous review explains the ideas behind multi-scale guitars in more detail.

I must say that I rather like Raato Guitar’s crossbreed of Gibson and B. C. Rich elements, which make for a stylish instrument. The body’s core is crafted from basswood, with an added pear back and figured maple top.

This model’s neck consists of three long strips of wood – a centre piece of hard rock maple flanked on both sides by sapele mahogany.

The PenetRaatoR sport’s a very strong bolt-on neck joint using six screws and washers.

The neck has received an oil-and-wax finish. The body, as well as the headstock’s facing, have been bleached and finished with a thin satin lacquer.

One of the custom options on this PenetRaatoR is Raato Custom Guitars’ Lichtenberg Figure process used on the body and headstock face.

Putting Lichtenberg figures into wood is a relatively dangerous procedure (”don’t try this at home”), in which an electrical current is carefully used to produce lightning-like burns in the wood. You can take a look at the process in this Raato Guitars VIDEO.

Mika Ruotsalainen has gone even a bit further by filling the figures on the front with a gorgeous mixture of blue resin and holo-glitter flakes.

The PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale’s fretboard is made of African ebony, and it sports two octaves’ worth of expertly finished jumbo-sized frets.

This guitar comes with glow-in-the-dark side dots – and company logo – made of Luminlay.

Locking Hipshot Grip-Lock machine heads make sure you tuning stays spot on, even in the middle of Metal Mayhem.

The well designed hardtail bridge is also a Hipshot product.

This PenetRaatoR comes with a pair of Bare Knuckle Pickups’ Nailbomb humbuckers with ceramic magnets. You can already guess from the name that these pickups are meant for all types of Hard Rock and Metal genres.

The review guitar’s controls are spartan and to the point:

We find a three-way toggle pickup switch, as well as a master volume control with an integrated push/pull-switch for pickup splitting.

This is what a boutique class control cavity should look like. The soldering is clean as a whistle, and the electric shielding is thorough.

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Despite Raato Custom Guitars’ PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale being a rather large electric guitar, its weight is surprisingly moderate. The instrument sits comfortably in the lap, proving equally well-balanced hanging on a strap.

This guitar’s lucky owner (thank you for the loan!) has chosen an asymmetrical neck profile for his own Raato guitar. The neck, which is thicker on the bass side, fits very nicely into my own hand.

The workmanship on this guitar is top notch throughout. Take the fretwork on the PenetRaatoR, for example, that makes this instrument very fast and easy to play. The owner requested his guitar be set up for drop-C tuning.

Played acoustically this Raato displays a fast and precise attack followed by long and smooth sustain.

Bare Knuckles’ considerable expertise in the field of pickup making is clearly evident in the Nailbombs’ sounds, which is couples merciless power with a high degree of musicality. Yes, these are high-octane pickups, but one-dimensional there not.

Here’s a clean audio clip that starts off with the split settings (neck, both, bridge), before switching to the full humbuckers:

The Raato PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale has been crafted to rock hard, and rock it does indeed:

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It is very clear to me, judging by this review, that Raato Custom Guitars stands for top class workmanship combined with a fresh and fearless approach, when it comes to body shapes and different finishes. PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale is a fine example of what a boutique grade modern Metal guitar can be.

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Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

Prices starting from 2,890 € (traditional scale) and 3,270 € (multiscale)

Reviewed guitar: 3,990 €

Contact: Raato Custom Guitars

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+ handmade in Finland

+ wide range of custom options available

+ workmanship

+ playability

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14/03/2019

Testipenkissä: Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

Kitarablogilla oli mahdollisuus testata Helsinki Tonefestilläkin esillä ollutta Raato Custom Guitars -mallia – kuusikielistä PenetRaatoR Multiscalea.

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PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale (hinnat alk. 3.270 €; tämä soitin 3.900 €) on käsintehty sähkökitara, jossa jokaisella kielellä on oma mensuurin pituus. Basso-E:n mensuuri on 27,75 tuumaa, kun taas diskantti-e:n soiva pituus on 26,5 tuumaa. Multiscalen toimintaperiaatteesta voi lukea enemmän TÄÄLLÄ.

Raato Guitarsin risteytys Gibson Explorer- ja Flying V-malleista näyttää mielestäni todella tyylikkäältä. Rungon pääaines on lehmus, johon on lisätty päärynäpuusta tehty pohja, sekä loimuvaahterainen kansi.

Tämän mallin kaula on veistetty kolmesta pitkästä puupalasta – reunapalat ovat sapelimahonkia, kun taas kaulan keskeltä löytyy vaahteraa.

PenetRaatoRin vankka ruuviliitos on toteutettu kuudella ruuvilla ja alusprikalla.

Kaula on öljytty ja vahattu. Rungon puita, sekä viritinlavan etupuolia, on ensin valkaistu ja sitten viimeistelty ohuella mattalakkauksella.

Yksi tämän PenetRaatoRin erikoisvaihtoehdoista on Raato Custom Guitarsin Lichtenberg-sähköpolttaminen rungossa ja lavan etupuolessa.

Lichtenberg-viimeistely on suhteellisen vaarallinen prosessi (”don’t try this at home”), jossa puuhun poltetaan salamaa muistuttavia kuvioita sähkön avulla. Löydät Raato Guitarsin videon aiheesta TÄSSÄ.

Testikitarassa on täytetty rungon etupuolen Lichtenberg-kuvioit vielä erittäin kauniilla sinisellä hartsin ja hologlitterin sekoituksella.

PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscalen otelauta on afrikkalaista eebenpuuta, ja siihen on asennettu 24 jumbokokoista nauhaa.

Kitaran otemerkit – ja myös firman R-logo – on tehty Luminlay-materiaalista, joka hohtaa pimeässä.

Laadukkaat Hipshot Grip-Lock virittimet pitävät soittimen vireessä myös rankimmissa soittotilanteissa.

Hipshotin kiinteä multiscale-talla on tyylikäs valinta.

PenetRaatoRin humbuckerit ovat Bare Knuckle Pickupsin Nailbomb-mallit keraamisilla magneeteilla. Kuten jo mikkien nimestä voi päätellä, ovat nämä humbuckerit tarkoitettu juuri tällaiseen metallikitaraan.

Testikitaran elektroniikka on hyvin virtaviivainen – Raato-malli tulee toimeen kolmiasentoisella mikkikytkimellä, sekä master volumella, johon on lisätty nostokytkin humbuckerien puolittamista varten.

Tältä boutique-luokan elektroniikkalokeron pitää näyttää. Juotostyö on erittäin siistiä ja häiriösuojaus esimerkillistä.

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Raato Custom Guitarsin PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale on hyvin kookas soitin, mutta sen paino on ilahduttavan maltillinen. Kitara istuu hyvin sylissä, ja se roikkuu myös rauhallisesti ja hyvässä tasapainossa hihnan varassa.

Kitaran tuleva omistaja (kiitos soittimen lainaamisesta!) on valinnut omaan Raato-kitaraan tuhdin ja epäsymmetrisen kaulaprofiilin (paksumpi bassokielten alla), joka istuu ainakin minuun käteeni erinomaisesti.

Työnjälki on kauttaaltaan erittäin siisti. Hyvänä esimerkkinä tästä voi pitää mm. PenetRaatoRin nauhatyö, joka tekee testikitaran soitosta hyvin vaivatonta ja nopeaa. Asiakkaan toiveesta kitara on säädetty Drop C -viritystä varten.

Akustisesti soitettuna löytyy Raadon soundista rutkasti potkua atakissa, sekä pitkä ja tasainen sustainvaihe.

Bare Knucklesin osaaminen tulee selvästi esille Nailbombien soinnissa, sillä humbuckereiden soundissa löytyy armottoman tehon lisäksi myös musikaalisuutta. Nämä mikit ovat tehokkaita, mutta ei missään nimessä yksitoikkoisia.

Tässä puhdas klippi, jossa soivat ensin puolitetut vaihtoehdot (kaula, molemmat, talla) ja sitten täydet humbuckerit:

Raato PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale on kuitenkin tehty rokkaamaan kovasti ja vailla kompromisseja; ja sen se tekeekin mainiosti:

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Myös tämän testin perusteella voin sanoa hyvällä omatunnolla, että Raato Custom Guitarsissa yhdistyy vankka osaaminen soitinrakennuksessa ja taiteilijan näkemys sekä soittimen ulkomuodossa että viimeistelyssä. PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale kuuluu mielestäni selvästi nykyaikaisten hevikitaroiden parhaimmistoon.

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Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

Hinnat alk. 2.890 € (perinteinen nauhoitus) ja 3.270 € (multiscale-nauhoitus)

Testisoittimen hinta: 3.990 €

Lisätiedot: Raato Custom Guitars

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+ käsintehty Suomessa

+ runsaasti custom-optioita

+ työnjälki

+ soitettavuus

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11/03/2019

Guitar Porn: Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

• handcrafted in Finland
• multiscale: 26.5″–27.75″
• bolt-on neck – sapele/maple/sapele
• African ebony fingerboard
• 24 super jumbo frets
• Luminlay inlays
• body – basswood core with maple top and pear back
• Lichtenberg wood burning figures
• Hipshot hardware – locking tuners and hardtail bridge
• two Bare Knuckle Nailbomb humbuckers
• three-way toggle
• master volume with push/pull coil split

Contact: Raato Custom Guitars

05/03/2019

Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale – Demo Song

Raato Custom PenetRaatoR 6 Multiscale

• handcrafted in Finland
• multiscale: 26.5″–27.75″
• bolt-on neck – sapele/maple/sapele
• African ebony fingerboard
• 24 super jumbo frets
• Luminlay inlays
• body – basswood core with maple top and pear back
• Lichtenberg wood burning figures
• Hipshot hardware – locking tuners and hardtail bridge
• two Bare Knuckle Nailbomb humbuckers
• three-way toggle
• master volume with push/pull coil split

Contact: Raato Custom Guitars

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All guitar tracks recorded with a Shure SM57:

• rhythm 1 (centre) – Bluetone Shadows Jr
• rhythm 2 (left) – Mad Professor Simble + Shadows Jr
• rhythm 3 (right) – EHX Nano Big Muff Pi + Joyo Classic Flanger + Shadows Jr
• lead – Morley M2 Wah + Simble + Shadows Jr

25/01/2017

Tokai LS-100F Pearly Gates – The Kitarablogi-video

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Contact: Musamaailma

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12/01/2017

Jam Track: ZZ Top-style 80s Disco Blues in Gm (114 BPM)

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09/01/2017

Testi tulossa –– Review coming soon –– Tokai LS-100F Pearly Gates

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Tokai LS-100F Pearly Gates

• Handcrafted in Japan
• Les Paul Standard replica
• Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickup set
• Case included

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Demo Track

• All guitar tracks recorded with the Tokai LS-100F Pearly Gates
• Amps used: Blackstar HT-1R & Juketone True Blood
• Effects used: Boss SD-1, Joyo Analog Chorus, Morley M2 Wah/Volume

Contact/Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

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