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Discussion in 'Acoustic Guitars' started by vintageaxe, Apr 3, 2018.
Now that I've seen more pics, I think it may be a Chinese knock-off...
The original PRS acoustics didn't have an adjustable truss rod, they had a carbon fiber rod... Sorry...
Mind-boggling to say the least! If it can only talk...
Hmm....electronics, i.e., capacitors, resistors, battery housing, input jack all USA. Tuners PRS phase I.
Phase I, winged tuners? Never seen them on a PRS Acoustic...
Solid mahogany back, sides, neck with solid spruce top. Has rosewood fingerboard and bridge too!
Wow! Soo rare!!!
Why was it mistreated so badly?
It could be one of the guitars Dana Bourgeois built for paul back in the early 1990's.
Hey there Shawn! It's how I got it at a flea market about one week ago... Badly bruised, cracks and very dirty especially inside. At first I couldn't find any serial numbers, but when I cleaned the center strip inside, there it was. It appears the previous owner sanded the sides and back to refinish? I really don't know,but it looks like the original finish may have been cherry. Currently I've been gluing the cracks with cleats inside to make sure it's sturdy and playable. The pre-amp seems to be working fine, but that is a total mystery to me if it is at all original or installed later. But your comment is very promising and exciting! Here are more photos for you...thanks! https://imgur.com/2dzLkEL, https://imgur.com/WykId2x, https://imgur.com/CEHIZ42, https://imgur.com/pu86BhP, https://imgur.com/d1snsAv
https://imgur.com/5GLYVL1, https://imgur.com/NFTlskE, https://imgur.com/XReq2jB, https://imgur.com/OyP0xza
Not even close.
Well ain't that a mystery?!!???
I can't say I'm well versed in ancient PRS acoustic history, but this thing is the biggest departure I've ever seen.
I feel the same way, but this thing is real and mind-boggling just looking at it.
I love a good mystery!
I recommend reaching out to Dana Bourgeois to see if he can shed any light on the situation. He built 11 protos for PRS in the early 90's. Looks like it might be number 9 and was the victim of a flood.
Here's a pic of one, and it indeed has the Phase I locking tuners on it.
Go to https://bourgeoisguitars.net/about/the-story-of-the-soloist/ and go down to 1990.
Nice sleuthing Garrett!
Did we lose @vintageaxe? I'd love to see more about this guitar.
Still here my friend. Been busy lately. I'll post more photos soon... Hang tight!!!
Take this advice with a grain of salt, as I am nowhere near a guitar expert though I do consider myself knowing a small amount about guitars. That being said, I have never seen a PRS guitar without the bird inlays (which I am a HUGE fan of). Hope this helps.
You mean like with moons, slashes, bats, Celtic knots, bird of paradise, Corvette 427 inlay, zombies, tree of life, trapezoids, city skyline, cranes, etc.?
No, they wouldn’t do that, would they?
Start here, then plug in the other inlay words...
Welcome to the forum!
FYI, there are many thousands of PRS with moons instead of birds. Also Celtic knots, and more!
Yeah, the reason they don't really do moons any more is because they were so superior that they made all the guitars with other inlays look bad.
Yeah, but was that production only