I hate to be the snob but personally, a used core CE24 would be my choice over the new production line. I've had 3 core, currently have one, and all of them play and sound great. The new production seems to be a slight step up from the S2 line but there are still compromises made in hardware compared to the core guitars. The core CE line got most of the features of the custom series, including the same hardware and electronics, in a bolt-on format. The only things they didn't get, without a custom order, are, some finishes/colors, birds, 10 tops and gold hardware.