Ever sell all your guitars to purchase another PRS?

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  1. Kiwi

    Kiwi New Member

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    Back in 2000, my local GC had a Labor Day Weekend sale. I wandered around and plugged in a 1999 HB-II and, well, it just spoke to me.

    I'd never had a PRS before, and I don't recall now why I even picked it up (other than seeing violin amber, birds and a 10-top). But it was calling me by my secret name.

    An appalling (for me, at the time) amount of money later, I went home with it. I knew I had to sell off some other guitars fast, before the credit card bill hit.

    23 days later, I had sold off a minty 1997 Guild Starfire IV (Westerly production, flawless blonde pinstripe flamed maple body and neck) and a perfect 1998 Heritage 535 (back when even their pickguards were flamed maple).

    Haven't missed either of the ones I sold, and I still cherish the HB-II nearly 20 years later.

    -K-
     
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  2. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    I sold all my guitars but one for my daughter. Wife had terrible pregnancy and couldn't work. Premature labor and complete bed rest 5 months in, tons of medical bills... Sold my 84 Collectors Series Ovation, Kramer Pacer, Les Paul Custom and American Standard Strat, and kept only my Ibanez Artist.

    Circle of life and all, that daughter has now given me a grandson who, if he takes up guitar, will some day inherit my guitar collection.
     
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  3. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    It's a given that family comes before collections. You did well.
     
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  4. RaySachs

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    Be careful man. I was there a few months ahead of you. I was a strat guy all my life. Then, through the wonders of an Ibanez semi-hollow that punched WAY above it's weight (or price), I too discovered I'd mellowed into someone who really liked humbuckers. To the point that I played buckers almost exclusively for a few months and ignored my strat.

    Decided to go all in with the best humbucker guitar I could get. Bought an amazing used 594. It lived up to all of the hype. Figured that would be all I'd ever want or need. Sold my strat and the Ibanez. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the 594. But after a month or month and a half, I almost started taking it for granted. Needed a second guitar to have something to keep the 594 in perspective - to be really good but clearly less than the 594 to REMIND me each time I picked up the 594 how amazing it is. After trying a couple things, bought another strat - a Robert Cray hardtail. Fell back in love with it. The 594 is a better guitar in any objective way. I like the strat more. Again.

    Pleased as hell to have both of them - I love the 594. But I got strats in my BLOOD. I also got the P90 bug because I've discovered in a way, the P90 may be the perfect midpoint between single coil and humbucker sounds and feel. Bought a cheap used PRS soapbar II. Loved it, but didn't like having three guitars - too many choices hurt my brain. The third guitar was a distraction instead of another awesome option - my bad but I couldn't deny that's how I reacted to it. Didn't keep it.

    Couldn't get P90s off my brain though. Trying a couple other cheap used P90 models right now. The one that's really messing me up is a discontinued fully hollow Ibanez that sold a couple of years ago for $450 - basically a Casino copy with dog ear P90s, trapeze tailpiece, etc. At the moment, this Ibanez, also punching overwhelmingly above it's weight, is my favorite. Not even sure I'm gonna keep it, but I freakin' LOVE the thing. It plays like a $2000 guitar and sounds wonderful with that resonant body and P90s. I paid $300 for it. The other contender is a Modern Player Tele thinline, also with P90s, also used for a little over $300. I may keep one or maybe I'll decide AGAIN that a third option is just too confusing!

    All I'm getting at is honeymoons can be POWERFUL, but they can also be deceptive. At the moment, my best and overwhelmingly most expensive guitar is my least favorite. Which is a great place to be because I still freaking LOVE it. But I love these quirkier, cheaper, funkier guitars just as much and more at the moment. The strat isn't a honeymoon anymore - I have strat blood in my veins. The Ibanez P-90 is a honeymoon, but damn it's a sweet one. The 594 and Strat feel a lot like a polygamous marriage - I can't see letting either of them go in any sort of foreseeable future. The Ibanez I'm not sure about - maybe a fling, maybe a courtship. Gotta let it shake out a while. But I could end up with all three if I can wrap my head around the variety of options.

    Point being I sold a strat and an Ibanez semi-hollow during my PRS honeymoon and now I have ANOTHER strat and Ibanez fully-hollow to keep it company. If you're a tele guy, keep at least one tele. You'll thank me later...

    -Ray
     
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  5. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    Thanks! I think so!
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  6. alantig

    alantig Sassyless pants

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    Well, since he's a grandchild, there's a chance. If it had been your son, he'd probably have taken up drums. Out of spite!!!

    Good-looking kid! Fortunately grandma's genes run strong! :p
     
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  7. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans New Member

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    I used a 70s Strat for 23 years and never got used to the handling. I only kept it that long because of the sound. I love that sound. But I ended up part-exing the Strat for a MIJ Jackson Soloist in 1995. I never looked back or regretted that trade. I still have the Soloist (3 x single coils).

    But I did miss the sound. I tried out several Fenders and strat clones. I finally got the sound I was after with a hand built 'Strat' by an English luthier (google 'Fingerbone'). Its an 80's guitar and is 9lb in weight due to the solid maple body. It has a 'flat' ebony fretboard. Its fitted with Bare Knuckle pickups. Its an ugly looking guitar, but it has the most beautiful voice of all my electrics.

    I too have gotten used to modern HB pickups, and I get on fine with them, especially if they have a coil tap option. But I seem to need my single coil Strat sound too. I has taken me a full year to remove the tobacco smell from it, but now I can play it in the house (it was an intense smell!).
     
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  8. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    That's actually a terrible picture of my daughter who (along with her dad) is really fighting the allergies the last few days. But thanks!
     
  9. alantig

    alantig Sassyless pants

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    I meant your grandson.

    I'm not dumb enough to comment about your child's appearance when I have no idea if your wife is going to be at Experience. There hasn't been a fatality there yet - not looking to break the string!

    (But yeah, good thing Mrs. DTR's genes run strong! I'm lucky my kids got my wife's looks.)
     
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  10. TRJC24PRS

    TRJC24PRS Kiesel sucks

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    I might sell my SG for a vintage CE24
     
  11. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    Yeah, I knew you meant my grandson, I was just observing that pic (take Sunday on Mothers Day) and my daughter doesn't look well.

    I hope my wife is not at experience. If she is, I'm going to have to find out which one of you guys invited her, because I'm not going to be there. :D
     
  12. InTooDeep

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    I sold my schecter C-1 Classic and a Schecter C-1 E/A to buy my first PRS, a 1999 CE24. I then was up late on night and bought a really special (to me anyway) 1996 CE24, then I had to sell the first CE24 and my 1989 ESP Horizon to fund it. The current PRS is my favorite that I have had the chance to play! No regrets! (I do have a few other guitars though: a 1980 Gibson SG firebrand [from my dad], an early Tremonti SE, my wife's Ibanez electric, 2 acoustics, and a newly acquired Ibanez SR505 bass. But for electrics, I really only play the CE when I have the choice!
     
  13. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    Yeah, my daughter got her mommies looks and her daddies sense of balance.
     
  14. Darkho

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    My first guitar was a mistake, beautifull but impossible to play clear song. I kept it 4 months and I sold it for another.

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    My second guitar was an American. But after I year I sold it too cause the famous twang of the telecaster bored me...
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    And now I play on my wonderfull PRS CE24 Dark cherry sunburst.

    A PRS guitar was my first choice, but the price scared my wife : when I started I didn't know if I will like to play or if it will stay in her bag. So I have bought more and more expensive guitars, until this one which be the last.
    It's very difficult when you are a beginner t to know what type of guitar will be your.And it's impossible for me to have 2 guitars : I will always play on one and forget the other.
     
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    My S2 Singlecut is beating out 2 Cores, a Bernie, a SG Deluxe and an Ibanez FRM100.
     
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    I went through a huge gear purge a few years ago. I had 12 or 13 mid level guitars (Epi, PRS SE, Schecter, Ibanez) that I sold off along with all of my big amps and cabs. Other than two old acoustics that I'm keeping for family reasons, the only guitar that I kept was the SE Tremonti Custom that my wife bought me for my birthday.

    I have one that needs to go in order to make room for the DGT that will be arriving on Thursday. Part of the agreement that I made with my wife to get it.....and she's pushing me to sell the SE Tremonti Custom as well....grrr. There is going to be a sweet 2006 CE24 in Blazing Copper hitting the market soon...
     
  17. JimmyDee

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    I had an Ibanez Prestige, and a Jackson Soloist... both fine guitars, until I got my first PRS.
    Then they both sat in their cases, untouched, for months... never played either of them again, after I started playing PRS.

    Just last week, I took them both to the Music Store, and traded them in on a set of Line 6 Stagesource speakers (to go with my Line 6 Helix).
     
  18. Guitpicky

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    Hell no :)

    I love my 594 but I like variety too much to go all in on PRS at the expense of everything else. There are a lot of great guitar makers out there and PRS is just one of them. I'm not a fanboy of any brand or product. I bought my 594 because it's a genuinely great guitar that spoke to me. It just happened to be precisely what I was looking for at the exact time I was looking for it at a price I couldn't refuse. It was pretty much the same way for my other three guitars as well. I don't want to start stringer sorting and throw away sure keepers just because I thought I saw a trophy swim under the boat :)
     
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  19. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Dude, I don't know what it is, but every time you post, I think about Lynn Allen!
     
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  20. mad monk

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    Doing it now. I've sold 5 guitars, (2 PRS, 2 Gibson, 1 Takamine), and a bunch of pedals. I have 2 PRS amps still for sale to fund a PRS acoustic. It's a gas attack that won't pass. If I miss out, I may check myself in...
     

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