NGD - PRS Vela

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by John C, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's

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    After churning through a Gibson 2019 Series SG Standard Tribute, a Fender Vintera 60s Strat and a Fender Vintera 60s Modified Strat (granted the 2 Vinteras wound up being returned to Guitar Center) I've landed with this guitar - a PRS S2 series Vela. I've had it for a couple of weeks now so I think it's going to stick.

    The Vela is an "odd duck" for a PRS; the neck pickup is kind of a copy of a DeArmond pickup, and the bridge pickup is from PRS's old Starla model that's somewhat in-between a PAF humbucker and a Gretsch Filtertron (mostly a PAF-type humbucker). The bridge pickup splits nicely. With the bridge pickup split it gets pretty jangly, with the full humbucker it gets a decent classic rock tone.

    The bridge is kind of cool - it's a top loading thing with Tele-esque saddles; note that it has 2 saddles compared to a Tele bridge with 3 saddles so it's probably more like a fixed-intonation wrap-tail bridge than an adjustable bridge.

    Feel-wise it's a bit more Strat-feeling than a typical PRS 22-fret model but still PRS-feeling. Like all S2 models they use the "pattern regular" neck so it's a bit deeper than a Fender modern C, and it's 1 21/32" wide (in-between 1 5/8" and 1 11/16"); seems to fit my hand nicely, but we'll see as time goes by with it. All mahogany and fairly lightweight, a bit heavier than an SG but not much - just enough to keep it from being neck heavy. Very nice rosewood fingerboard, well dressed medium-jumbo frets and nicely rolled edges.

    Came with the PRS gig bag - it's a nice bag, much more heavy-duty than the Fender gig bags (but not as "case like" as Gibson's vinyl "soft case").

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  2. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Congrats on the new guitar! Lots of interesting things going on with that model. PRS delivers a lot of quality as well.
     
  3. rze99

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    Congrats. I like the Vela I played one in a shop very recently just acoustically due to the din going on by Boy Shredder and I thought it played very nicely. It’s also almost cool
     
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    Congrats! I own an S2 Studio, so I can relate to the joy you are experiencing. That bridge looks very interesting.
     
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    Very nice guitar, John.
    Congrats!
     
  6. rze99

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    I forgot to say if there is a dark brown/red tort guard available for that guitar, I’d be very tempted if I were you....
     
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    nice! The Vela/Mira/Starlas are the PRS models that appeal to me the most.
     
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    Cool guitar! I like the Vela and especially this colour is real nice. I would go for the tortoise pg.
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    Nice acquisition!

    The Vela in tobacco and the version in gray with tort have been on my short list for a while. The white is a great color too.

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    Very nice, HNGD!
    Now that they don’t make Miras anymore the Vela is my favourite production PRS S2. I’ve only played one once but it was a very nice guitar indeed.
     
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    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats!

    The Vela is a great guitar!
     
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    2ED5538A-E970-46B7-B5D4-AFFDCEDEB5A9.jpeg I have your guitars twin brother. Love my Vela. Congrats.
     
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    Nice! I've had mine since 2015 and it's still one of my "go to" instruments. I find they "like" a bright amp setting (brings out the jangle and shimmer, which a Vela has in spades...), but YMMV. It's definitely a "does its own thing" instrument.
     
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    Those are great guitars! Congrats!
     
  16. LeicaBoss

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    The Vela, in my lowly opinion, is the best thing PRS did with design in a very long time.

    They make exquisite instruments, but there's a certain cool factor missing from their brand. The Vela and Mira were pretty cool designs.
     
  17. John C

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    Thanks everyone. I'm really enjoying the Vela so far. The neck seems to be working; that would be the only reason why this one would be leaving for the foreseeable future. I would probably keep it and just play my Mustang when my hand is acting up, then go back to the Vela after it's rehabbed.

    They do have a tort guard for the Vela. Hmm; now you've got me thinking. For the moment I'm going to stick with black, but it's tempting and would look sharp on the white.

    Nice collection; I always thought that those reclaimed wood semi-hollow CE24s were particularly sharp looking.

    That's what I'm looking for tone-wise and why I like the Vela - you can get both chime and pretty decent crunch out of the guitar.

    I'm currently running it through a Blues Jr. IV with the same settings I use for the American Performer Mustang - which it pretty much noon on all the tone controls with a little extra treble (about 1:00); I'll probably wind up bumping up the treble a little bit for the Vela. I'm also using a Fulltone Fulldrive 2 (the blue MOSFET model that they just discontinued) and it seems to be working well with the same settings as used for the Mustang, but I may get a second overdrive so I can have one set up for each guitar - I noticed that they've got a revised FD 2 v2 that has a slightly different circuit that looks interesting. I could also just wind up with a good old TS9 Tube Screamer in the mix as well.
     
  18. thunderbyrd

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    I think those are great looking guitars - and white is the right color. I hope it plays and sounds as good as it looks!

    I keep trying to think of "non-traditional" guitars that would be good to play funky futuristic space blues, this is a cool looking possibility.
     
  19. dreamingtele

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    This is the guitar that made me look at PRS website and check it out.. I think this a guitar for Non-PRS lovers.. I certainly dig it, and would love to try one!

    Congrats!
     
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    Nice - one of the guys we jam with in the Twangers section has one and it sounds great!
     
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