Happy new member of the PRS family


New Member
May 30, 2013
Thunder Bay Canada
Hi there! Well I'm sure you get 1000 of these kinds of messages every day, but I just thought I'd leave one as well. First of all, Mr. Paul Reed Smith, thank you! Lol
Let me just give you a little history about me and the guitar. For approximately 17 years now, I have been a diehard Fender Stratocaster guy. Approximately 6 or seven months ago my beloved 1962 reissue, relic'd fender Stratocaster was stolen out of my truck. It was quite some time before I could even think about, or afford a replacement. And of course I started looking at other Strats. I kept looking and looking and I just could not find the tone or the feel that I was looking for, come to think of it, the entire time I've been playing guitar I've been searching for the ellusive tone and feel in my guitars, so I've constantly "Tweaked" every guitar I've ever owned.
A friend of mine suggested that I start looking at Gibsons, Les Pauls in particular. So I attempted to open my mind and I went out and tried a few of them, and they were good, don't get me wrong, but they were still lacking something, So I went back to my local Fender dealer here in Thunder Bay Canada, And hanging on one wall were a bunch of PRS's. The one that immediately caught my eye was a Paul Reed Smith yellow McCarty 2.
I said to myself "what the hell I'll try it", and strumming it unplugged I fell in love with it instantly. When I plugged it in the deal was done I was in love lol. Unfortunately the $2700 price tag made it unreachable for me. So as I was hanging it back up on the wall something else caught my eye, a PRS single cut 245 se in the tortoise colour. So I decided to pick it up and try it and, lo and behold it was just as amazing as the American-made McCarty 2 And the $700 price tag made this guitar attainable for me.
I have not been able to put this guitar down since I bought it, literally! This thing played beautifully right out of the box, and the set up was amazing on it. I am an extremely picky player when it comes to tone and set up on my guitars and the only thing that I did was replace the strings with 10's, and clean up the fret board. Other than that it was perfect, intonation/string height, etc..... I play it through a 1959 fender baseman reissue and because of the tone and playability of this guitar I've gotten rid of all of my pedals except for my one analog man modified Ibanez tube screamer and my original Vox wah pedal. This guitar sounds amazing through just the amp alone, and I use the tube screamer for a little bit of boost when I play lead. I honestly cannot see myself ever purchasing another guitar besides another Paul Reed Smith. Your guitars are so very versatile and they have that elusive tone, as well as feel that I've been searching for the whole time I've been playing music.
So again, thank you Paul. You have made a lifelong believer and customer, and friend out of me.
John Erickson
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Great story - enjoy your SE245 but be forewarned that SEs are like potato chips, you can't have just one...welcome!
Great story! I'm a Hendrix fan too! Enjoy the community, it's a very cool place... but beware it may just give ya GAS.
I too am from Ontario (originally) and was a strat guy for almost 4 decades. Love the looks and tone of Les Pauls and bought many many of them. Just about annually I'd try another Paul but just could never bond with one. It's just that soft mushy feel of the short scale vs the tight and fighting-back longer Fender scale length that I just can't get used to.

About 10 years ago I decided I'd sell my '62 335 and buy a PRS. I HATE trying out gear in stores for so many reasons and I just couldnt see myself asking a salesman to "pass me that $3700 PRS for a try would ya?" IDK...I'm just funny like that I guess.
So I decided that if I could find a PRS used on eBay, at a price that was liquid, meaning that if I didnt like it/them I could sell them for at LEAST what I paid.

It took a few weeks but I got the CE for like $900 and the McSoapy for a couple bucks more. They are vastly different so the plan was to keep the one I preferred (if either) and sell the other. I was hoping that I would bond with the in-between 25" scale. If not, they would both go on the block and I'd be back to Strats :-(

Well...that was several PRSs ago. I couldnt (and still havent) sell either and have just added to the PRS collection ever since.
I still kept a strat handy. Usually as a back-up stage guitar or even as a #1 when slumming it at sketchy gigs or extended roadtrips or tours out of the country etc.
Well...I gave away my last Strat wile playing in the Cayman Islands in February and instead of again replacing it with anoher Fender (I seem to give a LOT of strats away) I decided that this time I'd look at the PRS SEs as a beater for me. It would be cool to be ALL PRS...plus my partsdrawer is overflowing with humbuckers. All those strats over the years had pretty much depleted my SC parts cabinet.

So yeah...Like the OP...I'm freezing my BUTT off up here, was a Fender guy, tried to love Les Pauls..and hav settled upon PRS as MY brand.
Coincidence? I think NOT! Quality, feel, common sense.....it's no accident. PRSs are just AWESOME guitars.
They of course arent for EVERYBODY...many will always prefer their Pauls or other gibbies or fenders but for ME..and the OP...PRS guitars are just ME.
For me they sound, feel, play, and look better than anything out there.
Welcome to you and Ethel, always cool when you find a guitar that ticks all the boxes.
Welcome! Great story. I started in '96. I had one 30 day misstep a year later with a LP that ended up going back to the store and it's been all PRS ever since.
Thought I'd stop by and give an update on my amazing PRS 245se. Still lovin' every inch of this beauty. I've since gotten rid of my Fender Bassman and gotten a little beauty of an amp that i feel is better voiced to Ethel . It"s the 5 watt Hughes and Kettner "Tubemeister 5"....the combination of guitar and amp are nothing short of amazing!