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  1. RaySachs

    NGD & a Re-Introduction

    I'd love to - an inexpensive PRS Soapbar was one of the great sounding P90 guitars I've played, but I refer you to what I wrote in an earlier post on that subject: "I actually tried a Soapbar II a couple years ago and it sounded incredible, but I had the same problem with it that I had with the...
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    NGD & a Re-Introduction

    The difference is I clearly AM a strat guy, though. Have been since about 1978. I’ve never NOT liked traditional Strats - I haven’t liked ALL of them, but I’ve liked most and LOVED a few. My initial impression of the Silver Sky was it was the best sounding strat I’d ever played. And in some very...
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    NGD & a Re-Introduction

    Yeah, I went through that whole discussion a couple years ago when I had to bail on a basically amazing and perfect 594 (although turns out I don't own a single humbucker guitar now, so odds are I wouldn't have kept it indefinitely anyway, as great as it was). I'd tried switching to the...
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    NGD & a Re-Introduction

    Thanks for the kind words, Tim. I actually tried a Soapbar II a couple years ago and it sounded incredible, but I had the same problem with it that I had with the 594 (and every Les Paul or similar I’ve tried playing). I play seated and the leg cut on those guitars is too far to the left...
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    NGD & a Re-Introduction

    Well, folks, I've done it again. The Silver Sky is an amazing instrument. When I first got it I thought it might be the perfect strat - those pickups are just so full, so balanced, so ballsy and throaty, so unlike any other strat I've heard. But over time that became less of a positive and more...
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    The "Official Silver Sky" Thread

    That's pretty much in the neighborhood of what a lightly used Silver Sky will go for. And they're new enough that most are pretty lightly used. This one's kind of surprising because the maple fretboard models are so new. Probably some poor guy (or woman) who's taken a big economic hit from the...
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    PRS Parlors

    That's absolutely incredible, but let's be honest - he makes cigar boxes and shovels sound about that good too, so I think that's 99.9% the player. If there's one guy I'd love to be able to play like on acoustic, it's him. I just started fingerpicking within the last year and a half and I've...
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    PRS Parlors

    It shouldn't be, but if it is, you could send it over to me for some intensive and extended counseling... LOVE 15 Martins...
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    PRS Parlors

    Any information on the nut width and the string spacing at the saddle? They don't show up on the website or else I wasn't looking in the right place... -Ray
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    Inexpensive looper pedal

    I definitely became a better rhythm player when I started using a looper. For the first few days, it was nearly impossible to get the timing right, but then it just clicked and it turns out I'm pretty damn good at finding the one - I seem to be able to dance around, skip a beat here and there...
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    Inexpensive looper pedal

    I think looper pedals are an exception. My first looper was a cheap little $35 Aamoon pedal from Amazon, a simple Ditto knockoff but a LOT smaller than the Ditto, which is pretty small itself. I still have it, it still works fine. And it was how I affordably figured out if looper pedals were for...
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    Silver Sky refretted to 6105 Style Frets - Awesome!!

    I didn't recall what they named them, but the 2018 and 2019 rosewood board models AND the 2020 maple board models all have the same, original Silver Sky neck. I guess that one was the JM635 - i.e., John Mayer 1963 1/2, or sort of a hybrid between a 63 and 64 strat neck. For the 2020 rosewood...
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    Silver Sky refretted to 6105 Style Frets - Awesome!!

    Good to know about the neck carve - I was hoping to try a 2020 model, but if they’re not very different I may leave well enough alone. in terms of decking the trem, Mayer likes em that way, so that’s the default setup on a SS. If you put the bar in, you can push down on it to lower pitch, but...
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    Silver Sky refretted to 6105 Style Frets - Awesome!!

    Glad you like the new frets. The other 7.25" fretboards I've played recently have had the narrow tall frets and I liked them a lot, but the vintage frets on the SS don't bother me in the lease. If I ever need a refret, I might consider going taller, but it sure ain't broke, so I'm not gonna fix...
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    PRS T Twang Speculation

    How bout a jazz guy like Julian Lage - he plays more than one guitar but on electric I most often see him with his Nachocaster. Probably not gonna drive a lot of sales, but I'd bet he could help them design a hell of a guitar.
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    What Forum is the best place to sell PRS guitars?

    The Gear Page has a very active buy/sell/trade board and a lot of PRS enthusiasts over there. I'm sure there are others, but I'd include that. And there's always Reverb... -Ray
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    Off-Topic: What to Do with Your Stimulus?

    Oh hey, nothing to apologize for. I happened to post after you, but I wasn't responding to your offer to try to hook someone up with a possible employment opportunity. I think that's wonderful - I don't think I even saw it until I'd posted my bit. I should probably find out about what your...
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    not going to watch anymore posted videos....

    Just gotta remind yourself that music is NOT A COMPETITION. It's about playing MUSIC. Two of my favorite artists, BB King and Neil Young made/make incredibly wonderful music that's as simple as the day is long (or as this past month was long). So stop trying to be great and remind yourself to...
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    Off-Topic: What to Do with Your Stimulus?

    When I first heard about the stimulus, my reaction was "we don't need it". And we don't - I don't know what kind of shape the economy is gonna be in or what it's gonna do to our income, but if we get to the point where $2400 between my wife and I is a problem, it's gonna be the least of our...
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    The "Official Silver Sky" Thread

    So it's a 2020 with rosewood board, right? So theoretically that's the one with the new "rounder, de-shouldered" neck. Which, if you had a previous version to compare it to, I'd ask you to compare. But, nope. That neck profile is the only fly in the ointment with my 2018 Tungsten model, and it's...
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