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Why do folks hate PRS guitars

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by cutter2001, Sep 13, 2012.

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  1. Elmore

    Elmore Tele-Holic

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    I just cannot bond with one. I am not sure why. Perhaps it is the pickups. They are a great tone specialist, but do not cover the landscape like a Les Paul or Telecaster for me.
     
  2. 7171551

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    ... +1

    I've owned several US models and a SE and have earlier praised them in this thread. They are quality guitars. However, I've moved all mine on... and truthfully haven't missed any of them.
     
  3. Ash Telecaster

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    I would love to own one...priced out. They are made for players with deeper pockets than mine. They have some lower priced models but I don't think they compete well with Fenders at those price points. My opinion of course. I do think the PRS guitars are great instruments though. Saw one in the latest Sweetwater catalog with a Bigsby for about $1200. A beautiful and unique instrument. Real tempted to hock some stuff and make a play for it.
     
  4. Doug 54

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    great gtrs but for me I want 25.5" scale, but PRS only a few



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  5. Fendereedo

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    I don't like the overall look of them, as some have said previously - they have a very 80s look to them, and I loathe blingy guitars. Having said that I really love the look of the Starla's, and would buy one in a heartbeat, if only they were below £1,500-1,700 GBP, hopefully they will bring out an Asian made version, that is more wallet friendly. I played one about 4 months back and really bonded with it, but the price killed it for me.
     
  6. Ash Telecaster

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    I have to back pedal a little bit. Played one at the Ash today, only $800. Action like a dream, really really nice. Had a whammy too. Would make an excellent stage guitar. I mean at $800 you're ticked off by the dings and scratches but your not jumping off the nearest bridge either!
     
  7. koko3rd

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    I bought a Korean made SE PRS and HAD to replace the pups with classic alnico IIs. Plays like a 24 3/4 scale dream. Beautiful flame maple. Now when I watch house bands on The Voice or American Idol, I notice PRS is the overwhelming choice. Also Taylor acoustics rather than Martin or Gibson.
     
  8. Chud

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    Yeah, too 80's for me too.

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  9. Ryan0594

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    For me, it's quite simple. I think they're ugly. They're expensive. Their tones aren't the best for what I like. No one I aspire to play like plays one.
     
  10. getbent

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    4 out 5 dentists say that they are awesome.
     
  11. Fendereedo

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    That is "bloody" ugly!!! :eek:
     
  12. Frodebro

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    Actually, it shows where Paul Smith got the inspiration for his body shapes-a Les Paul Jr DC.
     
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    I don't like them well enough to spend that kind of money on one, but I snagged this body and an unfinished neck out of GFS' "warehouse buyout" and built myself a pretty nice clone for cheap-it falls somewhere between a Gibson and a Fender esthetically; has a fast wide/flat neck, is very comfortable to play and I get a bunch of humbucker tones having wired it with a 5-way. If there's anything that detracts from it, I'd say it's a bit "characterless".
     

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  14. Fendereedo

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    Not much of a fan of the Les Paul Junior either, but I see what you mean.
     
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    It's really obvious if you look at the lines of the Santana model, which was one of the earliest designs Smith came up with.
     
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    Yet people spend $thousands on custom shop relics to make them look old...

    there are a lot of Fenders, Gibsons, and other brands that are more expensive than PRS.
     
  17. Wrong-Note Rod

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    There is so much other stuff in this world deserving of hatred, why bother slathering it on a nice guitar?
     
  18. StoogeSurfer

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    Boy you got that right Rod.

    By the way John McLaughlin uses a PRS. He might know a thing or two about guitars.
     
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    The Starla's, weren't big sellers. It took me a couple of years to find one. When I did, it was a great price. I have since picked up two more. They have replaced my favorite Tele (ash) and Strat (aerodyne). I have yet to find an S2 to try. But I got the original Starla's, for about the same price as an S2. I'm a working musician, and I use them weekly. They play and sound great, and even stay in tune, with a Bigsby.


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    That's really nice, I love the Bigsby on these too.
     
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