Wait...what ? I could have spent $900 more ?!

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Mike Eskimo, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I had no idea PRS made whatever that guitar on the bottom is .

    I know that my MIC Corvette isn’t an exact copy of an old one but the pickups are phenomenal and and I’m also guessing that the PRS is imported as well so ...

    Are the pickup’s God’s voice ? Is it the birds ? Wha ?


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    John C Friend of Leo's

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    The PRS Starla was USA; not imported. They started out as part of what is now known as the "Core" line, but were moved to the S2 series when that series debuted in 2013. The model was discontinued at the end of 2018.
     
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    LOVE the Mega'trons. Only HBs i really enjoy playing.

    Edited to add that the Starla looks like its daddy was an Astro Jet.
     
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    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    As far as I have seen those guitars are only a few hundred dollars difference (and that PRS is USA Made). I have never played the one you own, but every PRS I have played has been high quality and good value at its price point. Not sure why you would diss a mid-priced guitar you haven't even played; $1200 new is a very competitive price for a USA instrument.
     
  5. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    My Corvette was $430 “used” ( it was NOS) at Motor City Guitar.

    I actually have played plenty of PRS’s , in all price ranges with one of my favorites being an SE Soapbar. I was just struck by how similar they looked - or to be more accurate, how similar the Starla looks to the Corvette.
     
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    If you look at the shape of the Corvette, which Gretsch has had since the 60's, and compare it to the now iconic PRS double cutaway shape, you'll find more than a passing resemblance. Just sayin'. 6-Silver Duke Gretsch Corvette.jpg s2-custom24-awt.jpg
     
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    John C Friend of Leo's

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    In all fairness the Starla was designed to be kind of a "Gretsch-y" version of the Singlecut in the first place. One thing I neglected to mention was that the original Starla was PRS's shorter 24.5" scale length, but when they moved to the S2 series they changed to the typical PRS 25" scale length (and from the Wide Fat/Pattern neck to the narrower Pattern Regular neck shape).

    Similar, but the PRS shape is a bit more stratty then the Gretsch shape. In all honesty Gretsch Corvettes always reminded me of a blobby, melted Gibson LP Jr./Special doublecut - which of course is the shape PRS appropriated for the bulk his original attic-built guitars and the current production Santana models.
     
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  8. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I love the wide PRS necks I’ve played.

    Especially on the Korean soapbar model I played.

    I can imagine people with small hands not liking them though.

    Yeah, the megatron pickups are pretty great. A Corvette was not on my radar at all. It was just in a rack of used stuff in the store and it practically floated up at me it was so light. 6 pounds and a couple ounces. And the neck was 1 11/16” wide and decently full.

    Sold.
     
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    Had a 60’s ‘vette (1 pu, someone put a 70’s Dimarzio SD in. Should have kept that one...
     
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    There's also the Washburn Idol.
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    The reason for the similarities is that guitar buyers are only going to spend cash on certain shaped guitars. Apparently the PRS Strat-Like-Object is their number one biggest seller.

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    I have both the core model Starla and the Starla X. Both are from 2009 and they are designed by Joe Knaggs. I guess they’re PRS’s take on Gibson as both have the shorter scale length. The Starla is all mahogany but the Starla X is made of some really light woods. Comes in at 6lb’s. Great American made guitars and both were 800 bucks. Cheaper than a used S2 model. A02EA87C-9668-4B44-AED1-F6DA57B193F8.jpeg
     
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    Gretsch Astro Jet
     
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  14. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Should have bought an Astro Jet when they were oddball pawn shop/used guitars. Now they’re untouchable/ridiculously priced. I love ‘em.
     
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