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Oh my, PRS...

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Jakedog, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. Jakedog

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    KC Friend of Leo's

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    you need to find yourself a Music Man Cutlass to try out -- stellar quality, amazing neck, and no little birdies on the fretboard. They've been around long enough to turn up used from time to time. I love mine.
     
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    A guy I gig with has a couple of the “Family Reserve” versions. They’re really nice guitars, but not for me. I just don’t dig the shape/pickguard. They look weird to me. They do play like a million bucks, and sound fantastic. No denying that.

    I like the birds. Always have. I remember way back in the late 80’s my brother and I were flipping through a guitar magazine and saw a picture of Alex Lifeson, who we both idolized at the time. He was playing a PRS. It was the first time we’d ever seen one. We had no idea what it was, but we both agreed it looked amazing. And we both thought the bird inlays were one of the coolest things we’d ever seen. Guess I never got over it.
     
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    i don't like a 7.25 radius either, but i spent about an hour playing the silver sky and the radius didn't matter at all. but maybe it's not that way for everyone.

    but i could see getting one, someday.
     
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    I haven’t tried one in person, and you aren’t the first person I’ve heard say this. I guess I do need to play one in person before drawing a line in the sand. But it still has the three singles. I cannot abide humming pickups. I can get past some of it, but the bridge definitely has to be hum free. Non-negotiable. That’s where I spend the overwhelming majority of my time.

    I have a huge mental block against spending over $2k on a guitar and replacing pickups. Or doing any work whatsoever beyond setup and adjustment. I just figure if I’m gonna spend that much, I’ll just get what I want and be done with it. It shouldn’t need any parts changed until I wear out or break something.
     
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    I like Mark L.'s playing and taste in guitars. Not a PRS guy, myself, but I could definitely see checking one out if I had the chance.
     
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    It is purdy...and oughta be a great one. I've nothing helpful, really :oops:.
     
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    I have no problem with a 7.25 or three singles ('62 Strat RI owner), but IMO you're paying a lot of money for JM's name and some bird inlays. Great guitar, sure, but for $2300+ you might as well get a used CS Strat or something.
     
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    Look for a used one where someone put in humbuckers already.
     
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    IDK, I’ve played a Silver Sky and find it a really great playing guitar. I didn’t have much problem with bends either, despite the 7.25 radius. OTOH, I can’t get over the headstock. Strats need 6 in a line, not 3 on a side....

    Yes, I know that is a pretty minor thing to get hung up on.
     
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    A long time ago, before you could sell one for enough to buy a house, I sold my pre-CBS Tele because of the fretboard radius. If I lowered the action enough to be comfortable it would fret out on bends. The first time I played a Silver Sky I couldn’t make it fret out even with ridiculous bends. PRS almost always gets it right, IMO.
     
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    I'm pretty sure PRS himself would be greatly offended that you implied there was anything Strat-like about the silver sky
     
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    I find that hard to believe, since he was discussing the Strat origins of the guitar when it was released.
     
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    Reminds me of the original Soapbar II slab mahogany guitars, but with a different motor in it:

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    I find the 3/3 headstock on the Silver Sky ugly personally.

    The 3/3 headstock on the one @Jakedog linked less so.

    I wonder if they are subtly different in scale/shape? But I don’t care enough to figure that out. :lol:
     
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    2300 bucks is a lot for that guitar, fer sure. but the one i played, my buddy payed about 1500 for. it was used, but had pretty much no playing time on it. i had one priced to me for 1400.

    i've tried to remember if the pick-ups were noisey, i don't think they were.

    i think i'll probably get one, eventually.
     
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    It's not for me, but most guitars aren't for me. I don't think PRS is having any trouble making sales. It is interesting seeing them go into the Strat-a-like market, and they seem to be doing fine there.

    I don't care for the birds. I never have, even back when I owned some PRS guitars around 20 years ago (all moons). Of course, that's true of sunbursts, too. Cosmetics are personal.
     
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    They look great!
    Personally, I covet a 513.
    The Silver Sky looks cool, by my EJ Strat scratches that itch.
    The 513 seems to be really versatile.
     
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    I'd like to play one .
     
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    FWIW, the guitar Jakedog is talking about differs from the Silver Sky. The Mark Lettieri signature that he linked does have a 'bucker in the bridge and doesn't have a 7.25 radius...I think it's 9.5.
     
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