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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tremontinator, Mar 14, 2019.
You can only imagine. Then again, maybe not.
I didn't discover PRS..... ....... PRS discovered me.
The most interesting man...
Saw Stephen Bruton, a great Texas guitar player, play one a long time ago. He loved the way it sounded was lighter than the guitar he had played before.
Stephen died in 2009, very sad day.
I've been playing guitar for about 22 years now. It took me quite a while to find these magical instruments, though. My first electric guitar was a Fender Strat. Then I had a couple of Telecasters and a Gibson Les Paul Special before I finally got my first PRS SC245. I guess I really discovered PRS when I got my mind blown by Alter Bridge... But now I'm hooked. Which is a good thing. And a bad, too. Ah well. Who needs food anyway.
Guitar player from Last Crack had one in a video of theirs way back in the day. Saw my first one in person at Corner Music back in the 90's when I lived in Nashville. Emerald Green CU24 with gold hardware and birds, just killer. Was playing a Charvel 475 and an Ibanez 540p at the time and the PRS just grabbed me in a way that those didn't.
Waited for years to get one and bought my first in 2000. Owned quite a few and kept a bunch since then. Never forget playing that first one though, memory of that is still as vivid as can be. Pretty much play them exclusively now.
I have been always amazed with the rock genre and bands for as far as I remember. As a kid I told my parents that I wanted to learn to play the guitar and play rock. But, they said rock music is for druggies and sent me to a piano teacher instead. I come from an Asian 3rd world country and money does not come easy. So, i started with a 3rd world country style Stratocaster back in the 80's. It was a strat body made of plywood, a Jaguar style bridge, and very weak pickups made of so and so materials that feedbacks like heck! I believe the neck had no truss rod. I bought it for $30 in today's rate by saving lunch money for months. I had to skip a lot of lunches. I learned how to play the guitar on it.
As I moved on to college, a friend pawned his guitar to me. I did know much about guitars, but it looked like a real Fender strat to me. It had what I thought was a silver bullet on the headstock. I got to jam and gig with people. When I graduated college, this friend claimed his guitar back. So, I was without a guitar. I got to earn enough money to buy a decent Asian made Washburn electric guitar because I could not afford a US guitar.
Then, a friend lent me some Guitar Magazines. I couldn't buy one as they were expensive in my country. I saw this PRS guitar Ad in the 90's that caught my attention...
...I had no idea who the guy was, but I wished I could have that guitar someday. I checked how much they go for... and it was beyond the means of an average 3rd world country fellow like me.
With the grace of our great creator, I ended up here in America. But, I still did not have the means to buy a PRS. I was able to buy dirt cheap guitars that needed rescue from pawnshops, craigslist, here, and there. I was able to learn from forums like how to fix guitars. So, I fixed, mod'ed, used them joyfully, and then sold when needed. I bought and sold until I was able to acquire a Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster. It had good reviews. It was not a real Fender, but it's quality and feel was almost if not equal to one. I enjoyed it, but... I still yearned for a PRS that I admired on a magazine ad page 20 years ago. I came upon a PRS Singlecut SE somewhat within my means...
...but, I was not impressed with it. I returned it and ignored PRS guitars...
...well, until I found an S2 Standard 22 within my means.
I had to sell a bunch of my cheap guitars to afford it which I had no regret! It is truly a beautiful guitar and it sounds and feels just like I imagined how a PRS would! It may not be 100% American, but it is the closest I could get.
If God allows it, perhaps I will own a core someday!
I’m glad you found a way into the club.
Your guitar looks good.
Growing up, a lot of the bands I hated used PRS, so I had a bad opinion of the brand for a long time.
Fast forward to a few years ago and I wanted something different. I pulled a bunch of guitars off the wall and found that I kept comparing everything in the shop to a PRS McCarty. I didn’t buy it because it wasn’t the guitar I was looking for, but later on it sank in that I was ignoring the guitar that sounded better than every other guitar and I went back the next day to play it again, then bought it.
One of the things I’ve come to appreciate about PRS is that none of my heroes use one. It’s given me the freedom to more or less pursue my own sound without constantly comparing myself to them.
Wonderfully said! Which made me realize... neither any of my "heroes" play a PRS either! And, I have no idea why I wanted one. I don't even know who the person is in the 90's ad I mentioned above.
Through Santana and his 'Supernatural' album, at first. Also from Tremonti, espcially around the time the first AB album was coming out.
The cover and back on one of My fav guitaralbums of all time,Carlos Santana- Blues for Salvador.Guitarworld had an interview with Carlos around this time where he discussed his PRS.Plus all the beautiful ads in late 80s early 90s.
Never heard of him
Best story so far
That album really had a unique sound
Wow, thanks! I'll fix my grammar and typos in a bit. I was half awake composing that. Sorry.
Guitar Player magazine did a feature in early 1982. I was 14 and lived in Annapolis. Went and visited the shop on West Street. Played one or two owned by local people over the next little while. Was able to buy my first one in 1990.
I'm new to PRS...
What is a PRS"i"?