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Talk me out of a PRS hollowbody, please

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by nosuch, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. JJLC

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    I could never understand the attraction to PRS guitars that some players have but to each their own.
    I tried a small hand full of the PRS guitars from the early years, only because players I knew played them.
    Still, I never understood the obvious appeal of a Fender/Gibson influenced fiddle.
    Of the hundreds & hundreds of live perfomances I have attended over decades I have seen one solitary PRS guitar on stage; that's it.
    They must be really special?
    IMO just walk away & keep the $$$$ in your pocket. :D
     
  2. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    16011481113463004657946636892846.jpg The Backlund Rockerbox DLX 3 is my choice...
    But the PRS may be more to your personal taste ... 16011481113463004657946636892846.jpg
     
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  3. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

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    Don't do it. Buy a Gibson.
     
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  4. Zepfan

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    If you like it, then buy it and don't listen to idiotic reasons not to buy it.
     
  5. Terrygh1949

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    Nope, if it feels good do it, you'll be glad you did!
     
  6. Doctor Blue

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    Go for a Collings I35. You'll never regret it.
     
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    Tele-ed TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    25 years ago your knowledge of guitars, your ears, your playing skills, and maybe even your taste in tone were different, they were. Try one, then decide.
    -Yoda
     
  8. mwpv11

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    Go for it they are fantastic I just bought one
     
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  10. GTRANIMAL

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    I owned a PRS SE Custom 22 Semi Hollow from the mid 2010's. Sold it to fund the purchase of my 68 VM DRRI. It was a good plan, love the amp and all and it's my main amp btw. But of all the guitars I've owned and passed on, it's truly the only one I've missed. I should find a picture and put it on the 2 most wanted list.
     
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  11. GeddonArchon

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    Every guitar is a crapshoot. I found a great deal on a core custom 24 a few years ago. I like the guitar but hardly touch it. I just like my hard tail strats better. I think my guitar acquisition journey is over or at least slowed to maybe getting another guitar a few more times in my lifetime. I’ve probably been through 100 and I currently have plenty more than I’ll ever likely give much attention to. So if you already have guitars you really enjoy why gear lust? Play them and stop looking at this forum.
     
  12. dimenjj

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    PRS builds beautiful high quality guitars. If you love it, buy it. But if you are going to buy it with the idea of selling it down the road, think twice. I had a PRS private reserve with nitro finish, beautiful axe. It cost me $12k but I never bonded with the guitar. I kept it in a beautiful custom made display case for almost two years and then decided to sell her. As beautiful as this guitar was, on the used market it was a dud. I eventually sold for $5,500. Prior to selling it a major guitar dealer offered me $3,500 in trade. Dealers that sell them new want top dollar, but the same dealers are reluctant to take them back in trade. I took a big loss. So if you're buying one, intend on keeping it. Best wishes......

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  13. fenderfanuk

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    Only you or your better half can talk you out of something like this. I have an early custom 24 and a few years back had my Hollowbody made with my favourite PRS colour, Royal Blue, went all in Artist Package, it is such a joy to play.
    PRS_HBIIArtistBody.jpg
     
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  14. warchol

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    I had the exact same experience. The PRS hollow is the one I've always regetted not buying.
    I had just purchased a PRS SC and couldn't bring myself to drop another pile of money at the time. I would buy one now except I have a rule not to buy a guitar over $1000 without playing it first, and PRS hollows don't often show up locally. Let us know if you do buy it....
     
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    It was a beautiful seafoam green....
     
  16. WilburBufferson

    WilburBufferson Friend of Leo's

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    I can't get past the birds. Yeah Paul we get it. Your mom liked birds so you put them on all your guitars. Guess what? My mom used to like to smoke cigarettes. You don't see me building guitars with ashtrays as fret markers do you? :D
     
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    Are you into the PRS mojo -or- are you seeking the Hollowbody tone?

    If you just want the hollowbody tone, I think there are better options: like the ES-330 to the affordable (but great) Epiphone Casino (or even a Gretsch).

    I was on the "buy a PRS Hollowbody" track too but ended up with the Casino... was pleasantly surprised with how nice the guitar was & how it nailed that hollow woodsy tone I was seeking.

    IMO, the only reason(s) to get a PRS as a Hollowbody: You are really into the PRS thing (if so, go for it.. they are great) -or- you want the Piezo option. Otherwise, I think there are better options for the Hollowbody tone at a better price.
     
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  18. warchol

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    BTW, the PRS singlecut turned out to be uninspiring (i.e. dud) after a month or so.
    Traded it + cash for an Anderson lightweight tele that I like much better.
    I do still have a Starla X (remember those?) that I use all the time...
     
  19. Left Coast

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    I will talk you out of it!

    I owed the exact model you played. Mine was a Hollowbody Spruce no bird in black with the piezo system.

    Now about the guitar. As you know PRS makes amazing instruments the guitar played like a dream however, it was the tone that did it in for me. In short the guitar was boring to me, perhaps too perfect. It did not sound like a Les Paul, A Strat or a Tele although you could approach all of those tones to a degree. It sounds good but rather generic over time. The guitar was also quite dark and if not played through the correct combination of gear would sound muddy at times.

    I owned the guitar for nearly 18 years and it wound up not being played much. I used to say that it was like that hot chick in high school that you always wanted to go out with, then you get too and she is boring.

    In the end I sold it and bought something else of the same quality that is not boring-and I play that all the time....

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers

    J
     
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  20. FenderGuy53

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    Get yourself together, man (slap, slap)! :eek:

    Okay. Now, take a deep breath, put the guitar down, turn around, and slowly walk away. :cool:

    You did it, man! :)
     
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