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I get people not jiving with them. I certainly don't get along with their Wide-Fat neck profile.
Once I got mine with a patern thin neck it's probably one of my favourite guitars. Easily probably one of the most well built guitars I've owned. Took me a couple of days to get used to the 25 inch scale, other than that .... Perfecto.
It maybe coincidence, but a link to this just appeared in my inbox - Stripped 58 - I rather like that
disagree all you want. it doesn't change the facts. Paul spends more time winding pickups than he does running the company that bears his name. his phone calls were probably to more of the lawmakers in DC that he smoozed to get the Fed to go after Gibson in retaliation for the Gibson lawsuit shutting down the SingleCut model.
I don't know which came first. My not liking them, or my not wanting to pay so much for them.
I do know back in the mid 90s, when every body was going PRS, I tried to like them. I just couldn't. I wanted a guitar that looked & sounded like a Les Paul. Not better than a Les Paul. I didn't want better fret work than a Les Paul. I didn't want better wood quality than a Les Paul.
I wanted a guitar that had the look & sound of what I had in my head.
PRS just don't have it. Nothing wrong with that. Strats don't have it, Teles don't have it.
Having said that, I did want a strat at one time, got one. I wanted a Tele...... got one. I wanted a BC Rich Mockingbird a few times..... got them.
Got a flying V, an American Dean Hardtail (when they first came out).
I've just never played a PRS & said, got to have it. Never heard anyone play one & say.... got to have it. & I'm a big Santana fan, I just prefer his SG/Boogie tone.
I've got a hanker'n for an Ibanez Prestige.
I have called PRS and spoken to a number of people as well. All very helpful. As for customer service, They took back a guitar I purchased that had a neck alignment issue and built me a new one since they could not fix the issues on the original.
As for Gibson, don't import illegally and you don't have a problem. Thats a Gibson issue. I suggest you take it up with them
Last edited by AudioWonderland; 06-26-2012 at 10:13 AM.
I think this is worth repeating. We guitar players have it easy. You can put together a pro rig for one or two grand. Want a pro level sax? You could spend 10 large easy. Trombone=3K
Wanna rock a Bassoon? 20-35K no problem. Let me start up my collection.
And the argument regarding shutting down the Singlecut model is laughable. PRS won in court, and in "retaliation" went out and made Singlecuts that were better than before the lawsuit. Prir to the lawsuit, the Singlecut was only offered in the standard 25" scale, thin back, which will not give you a Vintage Les Paul tone. After the lawsuit, they came out with the SC245- a Gibson scale singlecut aimed at the Vintage Les Paul tone, and the SC250, the 25 inch scale aimed at the high gain crowd. Both had the thicker Mahogany backs. Then they went out and made the 58- basically an SC245 but with a 2 piece tail piece. Instead of using off the shelf parts Paul designed a tailpiece he believed was better than what Gibson was using.
If that wasn't enough, Paul improved the import SE that pretty much destroys the Epiphone line- where he admits that in this economy he's making more money from than the American made PRS's. In this economy the SE line is keeping the American line alive.
Basically what PRS is- is the best mass produced guitar that you can find in music stores. If you want something more custom, look at a private lutheir like Joe Driskill- who IMO makes a guitar as good as or better than PRS, which the same PRS concepts
Last edited by jmh151; 06-26-2012 at 08:44 AM.
Although I am the State Chairman of a Political party on that groups National executive committee and work consistently in the Political arena, when I pickup a guitar and play on stage I leave the politics behind and attempt to get lost in the music. It is my escape and is what keeps me sane in this insane world of US Politics.
Bottom line I need to answer one question alone does it work for me on stage as an instrument.
When I bought my first and only PRS I was not buying it to do anything but flip it to make some $$. When I got the guitar on stage for the first time just to see how it felt I found it did things for me with the style of music I played that nothing else had ever done.
I kept that guitar and sold several other guitars I owned instead and have never looked back.
The rest of the arguments over PRS in this thread is BS to me.
I like the way some other brand guitars look better, I like the way some others play better. Saying that in the real world playing on stage because of how they respond and work as pure instruments 90% of the time now I play my PRS .
Last edited by Ascension; 06-26-2012 at 09:50 AM.
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PRS guitars consistently play, look, and sound amazing. They are truly great guitars. That being said, they have no soul.
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