20th Anniversary of PS - Northern Lights Sound Check

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  1. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    :rolleyes:Very sweet sounding guitar Les...I'm wondering how many of the 40 they are making are still available.
     
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  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Thanks guys - the guitar really does have a lot of tones in it, and I didn't even fuss with the volume and tone controls on the guitar, they vary it a lot, too. If I had to pick between my guitars for a favorite, I'd sure have a difficult time, but one thing about this guitar is that it's desert island material due to its versatility.

    What is missing in my demo are two things:

    Thing one, the guitar really does sound better in the room than on the recording, and I think that's because I just put up a 57. So I'm going to give that another go, and see if I can get a little closer to what I'm hearing in the room. Maybe the Rode NTR will do it. The guitar also sounds more stellar with the PRS amps than the Mesa, although I have to say the Mesa is a sweet little amp, too, and does show off the pickup positions pretty well.

    Thing two, I'm embarrassed by the playing. OK, I was never great, but this...

    I offer my two numb fingers as an excuse, I'm having a devil of a time doing the things I normally do. The timings are off, subtle vibrato is impossible, finger pressure is a joke - I can't feel the strings at all with the two fingers! I sound like a beginner. I have to look at the fretboard to see which string a finger is on at this point. So I'm missing any "natural" feel, and when I'm looking at my fingers to see where they are, it causes my picking to be off.

    I've never been a very fast player, but at least I could put the fingers where I knew they needed to go before this without having to look. So hopefully this problem will be fixed soon.

    But as my wife says, "Quit worrying about it. You can't play guitar if you're dead!"

    So I'm thankful for the surgery anyway. ;)

    I heard that half of them were destined for overseas markets. Two have shown up here so far, and I know of someone else in my state who got one, but I haven't seen a lot of NGD posts elsewhere. I'd guess there are some available.

    Mine only arrived at Jack's store on the 30th of December. They may still be building some.
     
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  3. Michael_DK

    Michael_DK New Member

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    Words to live by!!!

    Just don't get too crazy with the limiter ;-)

    The second point also goes for whatever plugins you might use post-recording - the stock plugins that come with your DAW are FINE! :)
     
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  4. crgtr

    crgtr Zombie Eight - DFZ

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    That is probably my fave PRS color.
     
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  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Just spent some quality time with the 20th PS and the DG30 amp and cab, and yeah, it's really a better sounding combination than the Mesa. I'm set up for a different project with the Mesa, but soon's I get some time, you've gotta hear how this thing sounds with the Grissom amp.

    It's like the gods of music came down from the magic mountain and anointed the tone with special sauce. Stellar.
     
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  6. greiswig

    greiswig New Member

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    I'm wondering how I can try out one of these? I am very interested, but a contact with PRS said to basically start calling dealers, that they don't know who they have sent these guitars to. This finish or a quilted purple might just be my dream guitar, but I'd really like to try out the electronics at least to see what it sounds and feels like. How do you guys find these beauties?
     
  7. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Last I checked, sweetwater had two. If you're near them, they do have a brick and mortar shop attached to the warehouse.
     
  8. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    Real nice, Les. My favorites were clean middle (NF) dirty middle and dirty neck. I realize this is very amp setting dependent, but I keep telling you guys how awesome the NFs are! Sounds great! Can't wait to hear it with the other amps.

    For reference, mind sharing your clean settings on the Lone Star?
     
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  9. CantankerousCarl

    CantankerousCarl Occasionally Onery Member

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    Hey Les, sorry I am late to the replies, but the sound clip sounds great. It's alot like the demo I would do - if I could play worth a damn :)

    I think you managed to capture what the guitar actually sounds like sitting in front of it and actually playing it. Kudos!
     
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  10. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I finally got a listen. I want it - but am happy it is in good hands.
    It sounds great, and we all already knew it looked spectacular.
     
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  11. guitarman001

    guitarman001 New Member

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    Is this heavenly sound more the amp or guitar? :D
    Very glad for the recording - I'm always banging on about people putting up recordings, so thank you!
    Sounds fantastic!
     
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  12. guitarman001

    guitarman001 New Member

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    Around 2:00 the sound is fab - you'd be mistaken for thinking it was a Fender.
    What pups are these again?
     
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  13. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Nice man! I reckon a couple of splap switches for the 408s would make it just about perfect. Then I could sell every other bit of gear I own and have one guitar to do it all! (yeah, right)
     
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  14. greiswig

    greiswig New Member

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    Nope...I'm in Oregon, nowhere near there. No dealers within even a couple hundred miles. I'd make that drive if they had something.
     
  15. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    No problem! As recorded, the amp is in 100 Watt mode, full power, silicon rectifier, a bit of reverb around 8 o'clock at the back of the amp on both channels. Top channel is the clean channel. Left to right the knobs are gain, treble, mids, bass, presence, channel master, then the output knob controls level for both channels, I didn't use the boost on the recording.

    [​IMG]

    The bridge and neck pickups are Paul's Guitar 408s, the middle is the PRS Narrowfield.
     
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  16. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenf├╝hrer

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    Oh mah goo'ness, dat sustain! You could hit a note, walk away, make a sammich, eat said sammich, come back, and finish your lick.
     
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  17. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I would probably have been better off eating the sammich than playing as incompetently as I did... ;)
     
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  18. CVS

    CVS Not so new member

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    Great sound clip and logically organized - I, like others here, like the middle pick up clean sound that I heard. But then again I am partial to NF3's:).
     
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  19. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I agree, the NF makes for a fantastic pickup, and is especially effective with these narrow 408s as a middle pickup, too.

    I think in this case it's more the guitar. In fact, the guitar sounds even better through the DG30 and HXDA, I just had the other amp set up for recording on another project and didn't want to reconfigure the rig.

    The Mesa is a fine amp, but it doesn't sound this good/three dimensional with most guitars. In fact, I got it for its more compressed, less 3D sound, because there are times I need that for a certain kind of rhythm/fill track.
     
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  20. greiswig

    greiswig New Member

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    I find it interesting that the neck pickup on this guitar looks "reversed." Ordinarily the screw coil would be toward the neck on a neck humbucker, but not here. And all the 20th LE photos I've seen show it that way, so it isn't a mistake.
     

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