Hollowbody 2 VS 25th Anny Hollowbody 2 w/ Center Block

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  1. squirrel211

    squirrel211 New Member

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    Does anyone have experience with both of these models? Is there a difference in tone/feel/etc?
     
  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I'm not sure they made a model with a center block. I've never heard of this before. As far as I know, all of the PRS HBs have been true hollowbodies with the bridge area being reinforced only in that area.

    Am I alone in thinking this?
     
  3. squirrel211

    squirrel211 New Member

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    I read this in another thread and was curious.

    I lost my infant daughter a few weeks ago, and want to order a HB with her footprints on the back as a way to have her with me. After playing a friend's HB McCarty, I think the added weight of the center block in the 25th Anniversary models (if they do exist) could possibly help with the neck dive, and provide some flexibility with having the footprints added to the guitar. As it stands, even with the neck dive, I really want that model; I was simply curious about the center block model in case I have to go the Private Stock route. I'm having difficulty getting solid answers on how to add the footprints and in whether it should/could be an inlay or gold foil, etc.. and I think that the center block would also give me some more flexibility with the footprints being added as well.
     
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  4. strat63

    strat63 New Member

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    I don't have an answer to your question but I'm so sorry for your loss.
     
  5. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    I don't think that adding footprints as inlays or painted on will necessitate any change to the guitar.
    I have 25 anniversary and other hollow bodies and none have what I would consider to be a center block. There is a supporting block below the bridge, but as I recall, it isn't much bigger than the bridge.
    I'll try to remember to check my 25th to verify when I get home
     
  6. squirrel211

    squirrel211 New Member

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    Thanks man. I appreciate the thoughts.
     
  7. Shawn@PRS

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    All PRS Hollowbodys now have a center block, but it isn't the kind of block you'll find on a 335. The PRS "Center block" just means the center of the top is slightly thicker than the rest of the top. You can feel the difference if you stick your finger in the f hole. (oh my).

    If you want to go through the Private Stock department, we can inlay her footprints in the guitar or do gold leaf, but I'm not sure if the delicate details will come through using either of these methods. Maybe a thin die-cut vinyl sticker would give the truest representation?

    My condolences for your loss.
     
  8. aduayer

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    My condolences for you loss.
    about the guitar. the SCHB is one of the best guitars I've ever played and they do handle high volume levels.
     
  9. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    As I have on my 25th. The centre line on the top is not hollowed out - just thicker on the top - it doesn't extend beyond the original thickness of the top. There is a mahogany block connecting the top and bottom at the bridge.
     
  10. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Condolences for your loss, Squirrel. Memorializing her on a guitar is a beautiful idea.
     
  11. squirrel211

    squirrel211 New Member

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    Thanks a bunch for the thoughts and condolences fellas, it means more than you know.

    Thanks for the spec clarifications! I've been performing some severe mental gymnastics trying to figure this whole thing out, and from Shawn's response it looks like I've misunderstood more than just the specs. I think my brain has been operating at a reduced capacity! I swore that I was told that an inlay was impossible, but if Shawn says it's possible I'll believe him! That makes the whole thing much easier!

    Now I need to figure out how to keep the guitar safe during set breaks!
     
  12. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    I would talk to the private stock team, taking the foot prints and trying to be clear about how much detail I hope to retain. Paul Miles will be clear about what your options are. If you just want the shape of the feet, I'm sure you will get it. If you want the print, you might be more constrained but Paul will work you through it.

    As to keeping it safe, put it back in the case.
     
  13. squirrel211

    squirrel211 New Member

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    And chain the case to my leg.

    I am going to drive past the PRS factory and go visit Chuck Levins/Washington Music on Thursday to work with them on my order. I'll make sure to take a copy of the footprints that the hospital gave us, to give to them and I will let them and the PRS boys get back to me on my options. There isn't much detail, and the footprints are very small, so all options are on the table. I'll leave it in their hands!

    This guitar, and focusing on the details and how to get it done have really helped keep my mind off of what my family just went through. I've been shown a ton of support in the guitar community, and I can't thank everyone enough for their advice, thoughts and time. It may just be a forum post to you guys, but it has really helped me through this, so thanks a million times over!
     
  14. Shawn@PRS

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    PRS center block construction

    center block.jpg
     
  15. Suppalak Klabdee

    Suppalak Klabdee PRSi in Black Gold with binding for life

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    My condolences for your loss. What a beautiful way to memorialize her. Wish all goes well for you and your family.
     
  16. toothace

    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

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    Sorry for your loss...hope this project helps give you peace.
     
  17. crgtr

    crgtr Twang Banger

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    So sorry for your loss.
     
  18. cjmwrx

    cjmwrx Wheels

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    Sorry for your loss.
     
  19. vchizzle

    vchizzle Birdman.

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    Sorry for your loss, I love the idea you have with the guitar and hope PRS brings that idea to life to help hold her memory in your heart. Incredible. Hope we can see this process unfold. Living in MD will give you easier access to pick your own woods and such as well.
     
  20. JustRob

    JustRob Just a member

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    So sorry to hear about your loss. Your idea sounds beautiful. If it's not too personal I hope you come here and share some pics when it's done.
     

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