New PRS Core Guitars

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  1. horax

    horax New Member

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    Thought there’d be more pix in this thread. ;)

    Nothing wrong with a solid top. (See avatar)
    But I think about 95% of the finished on PRS guitars are amazing.
     
  2. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    The beauty of wood is in the eye of the beholder!

    One top/stain finish will talk more to one person (group of people) than another (others).

    Colours are very subjective. G•d knows, poor Sergio gets teased almost daily!

    I personally love anomalies in grain and figuring, that others may class as faults in timber. I regard them as the wood being the organic material that it is.

    It’s what we’re encouraged to believe. As @11top said, it’s a matter of supply and demand. It’s also subject to fashion as well, to a certain extent. Years ago, spalted timber was regarded as waste, it was burnt in the yard to prevent it infecting other wood.

    Pretty tops are nice, but can they make any quantifiable tonal difference? That’s the million dollar question?;)

    They are worth what the market dictates and also their scarcity.
     
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  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Ah! That’d be my birthday!
     
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  4. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans New Member

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    I concur completely. I like the plains grains these days. Solids are fine too.
    Though I was very taken by this diffuse quilt C24. It was among those I tried out and considered buying last month.

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  5. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    Could be worse.
     
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  6. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Yeah that’s beautiful, like a stormy summer sky. An SSS if you will!
     
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  7. Birdsofprey

    Birdsofprey Fly birdies fly!

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    I like strange..................tops
     
  8. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    I'd buy that in a minute. That's just beautiful.
     
  9. RGM

    RGM New Member

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    A lot of the jaw dropping tops seem to be winding up on 594's lately. Although Dave's guitars has a quilted CU24 Semi-hollow with a top to die for.
     
  10. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    I’m pretty much like this - I love looking at a nice instrument when I first get it, but then I largely don’t see it after that. If it’s UGLY enough, like if it was some bright neon color I really didn’t like, I’d probably still see it. I had a relic finish Ibanez semi-hollow that I though was pretty stupid looking, but underneath all the stupid it was a pretty basic sunburst, and I never saw the stupid relic after the initial look either. It was a great player that I got for about half price because they were discontinuing that finish.

    My 594 is by far the prettiest guitar I’ve ever owned - that mattered for about a week. Now it’s just the sunburst hanging on the wall, easily distinguished from my silver Robert Cray Strat next to it - I really dug the looks of both of them when I first had em and now I don’t see them anymore except to tell them apart. There are some extremely bright colored quilted tops I’ve seen here that are beautiful and I enjoy seeing, but wouldn’t personally want to own - we each like what we like. I guess if I still notice the looks of a guitar after a month, it’s because there’s something I DON’T like about it.

    My 594 is a 10-top. As for why I “sprung for the pretty one”, it was the opposite. I was shopping for used to keep the cost down, wanted to buy from Guitar Center for easy returnability if I didn’t bond with it, and 5 of the 6 available at the time were 10-tops and the one core model was priced the same - they were all priced within about $300 of the same - except there was a violet one that was a couple hundred cheaper yet - didn’t appeal to me and I guess I wasn’t alone. I went for the tobacco burst model I saw because it was tied for the lowest price among them (aside from the violet one), was the most understated finish of those available, and, taking the word of the salesmen over the phone, was one of two available that appeared to have almost never been played. A new core 594 was about $600 less than a new 10-top, and my used 10-top was about $600 less than a new core model. So I sprung for the the best deal I could find in a finish I didn’t DIS-like. Still the most I’ve spent on an electric guitar by a factor of more than three. Extremely happy to have a guitar that plays this well and sounds this good, but I really don’t see how pretty it is anymore...

    I recently saw a used green Zach Myers in a shop for $500 - thought it was as pretty as any 10-Top I’ve seen. I guess that one was just luck of the draw - I’ve seen some Zachs online that weren’t all that nice, but DAMN!

    -Ray
     
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  11. JJJ

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    Not all maple is equal

    Even plain maple tops vary in appearance. The trees don't grow figure, it's actually a flaw in the timber that happens to occur. Not all tops are the same, you will find amongst regular figured top models a wide variety of the coverage of figure, the depth, the form, how grainy is is, how it reflects light etc. The only guitars where the tops are consistent are the ones with a fake top
     
  12. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    While I don't disagree with most of what you wrote, there are some really good Gibby reissue tops out there (and at the Custom Shop).
     
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  13. Rider1260

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    The solid tops show the curves of the top better IMHO

    [​IMG]IMG_3099 by
     
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  14. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    I wonder if where you are looking matters. Someone at TGP said years ago (and it must be true, because I heard it on the internet) that some "big" retailers would take "lesser" tops because they got a lower price on them. They specifically mentioned GC and MF, as large buyers who would take tops that were not quite as nice ad a reduced price, so they could sell cheaper. PRS can confirm or deny that. I'm not agreeing, just saying I heard it.
     
  15. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    With metallic finishes, definitely!

    Especially under stage lights...

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    garrett Not a New Member

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    B. S.
     
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  18. bodia

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

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    Bachelor of Science?
     
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  19. 21Hemispheres12

    21Hemispheres12 New Member

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    Solid colors definitely do show off the carve better. Here's my attempt at bringing out the carve more, that quilt top just gets in the way!

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  20. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    [QUOTE="21Hemispheres12, post: 396052, member: 15177]Here's my attempt at bringing out the carve more, that quilt top just gets in the way![\QUOTE]

    You what?!;)
     

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