Introduce yourself!

Gotcha and I agree, too many people throw the mint word around and another favorite of mine is “rare” however this guitar is super clean and the frets are like new, I don’t play with a Kung fu grip so I’m easy on frets, also you are right about the case Queen statement, I consider it a “ special occasion guitar” 😁
I'm a former Powersports Dealership Sales Manager, so I know all too well the "mint condition" description. If I had a dime for every "mint" description I was given on a would be trade-in I would jingle like Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. More often than not, they were average at best, and some would be hard pressed to meet the "rough" category.
Now, guitars aren't dragged through the swamp like an ATV/SxS, or street raced or suffer road rash like a motorcycle, but they do get subjected to a certain (lots?) amount of gig wear and play use induced scrubbing. My current set of instruments is only 3-5 years old (save for my old pawnshop special) and I wouldn't classify any of them as "mint" by my standards. My S2 was oh so very close when I brought it home but I would say it is now "excellent" by guitar store standards. Not that I would be ashamed to hang it on any store wall...but damned if that's gonna happen either so. I bought them to play, and play them I do. I'm careful in transport, but the inevitable does happen.
But that guitar of yours is exceptional I would say from the picture. ;)
 
I'm a former Powersports Dealership Sales Manager, so I know all too well the "mint condition" description. If I had a dime for every "mint" description I was given on a would be trade-in I would jingle like Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. More often than not, they were average at best, and some would be hard pressed to meet the "rough" category.
Now, guitars aren't dragged through the swamp like an ATV/SxS, or street raced or suffer road rash like a motorcycle, but they do get subjected to a certain (lots?) amount of gig wear and play use induced scrubbing. My current set of instruments is only 3-5 years old (save for my old pawnshop special) and I wouldn't classify any of them as "mint" by my standards. My S2 was oh so very close when I brought it home but I would say it is now "excellent" by guitar store standards. Not that I would be ashamed to hang it on any store wall...but damned if that's gonna happen either so. I bought them to play, and play them I do. I'm careful in transport, but the inevitable does happen.
But that guitar of yours is exceptional I would say from the picture. ;)
What can I say, I’m a careful guy
 
hi everyone 👋

I'm an OLD PRS player.

started 30 years ago with a custom 27 88, I was stupid anough to sell it ( as well as my fish bogner preamp )....

I produced my first EP playing excluvisly an EG3 ( with fralin dominoes ) then I had a deal with ernie ball / music man as an artist and clinician. ( i was playing a luke II at the time) I made a lot of demo tours and conventions for them.

as I could not really keep on working with their french distributor, I moved to the compagny that was in charge of suhr & VHT for france, more demos, frankfort Messe.

I finally got a record deal with an US label called grooveyard records , made an album called universal mojo for them, wirh greg kock, craig erickson, and french legend jean michel kajdan.

at that time I had no endorsment deal, so I traded a suhr for a single cut that made the entire album....I needed that PRS feel and sound again...



a bit later, fender hired me for their jackson range in paris music fair, then I took a break producing and playing for canadian artist rick allison, ( a lot of gibson at the time )

after a while playing and supporting different manufacturers , I signed with Ibanez for their AZ range two years ago.

BUT my dad who was a famous guitarist here in the sixties suddenly turned into old age and started to loose his ability to play.

He gave me this wonderful custom 24 artist package, one of the last guitar he bought and asked me to keep it for him.
he also got many PRS in his carreer, including a wonderful orange CU22 and a spectacular CU22 soapbar ( 3 pups config ) signed by Paul.

it stayed in the case 8 months long before he told me " now it's yours. you HAVE to play it ".

it was tough and weird because it was like accepting that he won't never be the same anymore...but he really wanted to see me playing this guitar.

so I set it up for me, I started to play it and I immediately knew there would be no way to come back. it was like keeping his skills alive and coming back home at the same time.

I broke my deal with Ibanez and started to publish videos with it...



as I also love the HSS config, I would probably get a modern eagle V later, but this guitar from my dad has something magic that I love, I can't play anything else right now...

more pics...



 
hi everyone 👋

I'm an OLD PRS player.

started 30 years ago with a custom 27 88, I was stupid anough to sell it ( as well as my fish bogner preamp )....

I produced my first EP playing excluvisly an EG3 ( with fralin dominoes ) then I had a deal with ernie ball / music man as an artist and clinician. ( i was playing a luke II at the time) I made a lot of demo tours and conventions for them.

as I could not really keep on working with their french distributor, I moved to the compagny that was in charge of suhr & VHT for france, more demos, frankfort Messe.

I finally got a record deal with an US label called grooveyard records , made an album called universal mojo for them, wirh greg kock, craig erickson, and french legend jean michel kajdan.

at that time I had no endorsment deal, so I traded a suhr for a single cut that made the entire album....I needed that PRS feel and sound again...



a bit later, fender hired me for their jackson range in paris music fair, then I took a break producing and playing for canadian artist rick allison, ( a lot of gibson at the time )

after a while playing and supporting different manufacturers , I signed with Ibanez for their AZ range two years ago.

BUT my dad who was a famous guitarist here in the sixties suddenly turned into old age and started to loose his ability to play.

He gave me this wonderful custom 24 artist package, one of the last guitar he bought and asked me to keep it for him.
he also got many PRS in his carreer, including a wonderful orange CU22 and a spectacular CU22 soapbar ( 3 pups config ) signed by Paul.

it stayed in the case 8 months long before he told me " now it's yours. you HAVE to play it ".

it was tough and weird because it was like accepting that he won't never be the same anymore...but he really wanted to see me playing this guitar.

so I set it up for me, I started to play it and I immediately knew there would be no way to come back. it was like keeping his skills alive and coming back home at the same time.

I broke my deal with Ibanez and started to publish videos with it...



as I also love the HSS config, I would probably get a modern eagle V later, but this guitar from my dad has something magic that I love, I can't play anything else right now...

more pics...



Wow, what a fantastic story! Welcome to the forum!! I have known Greg Koch for decades, good guy and a helluva' player!!! Looking forward to some more examples of your crafty playing and killer axes ;~))
 
Great story, great guitar and great playing! Welcome 🎸

That quilt, that flam, that pup, you’re just bringing the cute.

Oh and welcome.

Welcome Tristan!
One helluva story.
As Detective Colombo use to say “Just one more thing…” - you forgot about your avatar.;):)

Great story, and some bitchin’ guitars.

Wow, what a fantastic story! Welcome to the forum!! I have known Greg Koch for decades, good guy and a helluva' player!!! Looking forward to some more examples of your crafty playing and killer axes ;~))
thanks to all for the kind words and the warm welcome...so happy to play PRS again.

Detective...I made an avatar ;)
 
That Artist is one awesome machine! I have an acquaintance that has one in an aquamarine-ish (not sure what the actual color name is) that looks very close to it. Don't blame you one bit for not wanting to pick up/play anything else.
Et Bienvenue aussi!
 
Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum, but loving it so far. Favorite thread is PS Fridays (of course).

Picked up a guitar for the first time in 20 years during lockdown. I've pretty much have been a mediocre player since I was a kid, and challenged myself to finally "get good" at guitar before my 40th birthday. To do this I created a rather silly little system in which I "paid" myself $10/hr for my practice time. The goal: practice a minimum of 1500 hours ($15k) between then (Jan 2022) and my 40th birthday (Jan 2025). The prize: my very own hand picked from the factory in Maryland, Private Stock guitar.

I'm sitting pretty at 1,246 hours with 8 months to go, so I felt it would be safe to get started on my birthday build. I'm working with the great group over at Ish Guitars in Syracuse, NY and they recommended to come on here to check out a variety of inspiration on what a potential PS build could look like.

I put in my deposit this afternoon and can't wait for the journey!
 
Hi, new here, but pretty active on other forums. I purchased a mint condition used PRS SE Santana today. I am primarily a Gibson Les Paul guy, and this is my first PRS since I sold my last one about 12 years ago.

Pretty impressed with the guitar.

Apparently I can’t post photos shortly after joining.
 
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Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum, but loving it so far. Favorite thread is PS Fridays (of course).

Picked up a guitar for the first time in 20 years during lockdown. I've pretty much have been a mediocre player since I was a kid, and challenged myself to finally "get good" at guitar before my 40th birthday. To do this I created a rather silly little system in which I "paid" myself $10/hr for my practice time. The goal: practice a minimum of 1500 hours ($15k) between then (Jan 2022) and my 40th birthday (Jan 2025). The prize: my very own hand picked from the factory in Maryland, Private Stock guitar.

I'm sitting pretty at 1,246 hours with 8 months to go, so I felt it would be safe to get started on my birthday build. I'm working with the great group over at Ish Guitars in Syracuse, NY and they recommended to come on here to check out a variety of inspiration on what a potential PS build could look like.

I put in my deposit this afternoon and can't wait for the journey!
Welcome FMWhoWatt!
Crazy reward system you got going there.:p:D I think you got it!
Excellent work with the avatar, btw.;):)

Hi, new here but pretty active on other forums. I purchased a mint condition used PRS SE Santana today. I am primarily a Gibson Les Paul guy, and my first PRS since I sold my last one about 12 years ago.

Pretty impressed with the guitar.

Apparently I can’t post photos shortly after joining.
Welcome Gridlock!
Yours is a VERY familiar story around here. So it begins…:p:D
You need to use a host site to post pics here.
I use https://postimages.org/ for my pics.
 
Welcome FMWhoWatt!
Crazy reward system you got going there.:p:D I think you got it!
Excellent work with the avatar, btw.;):)


Welcome Gridlock!
Yours is a VERY familiar story around here. So it begins…:p:D
You need to use a host site to post pics here.
I use https://postimages.org/ for my pics.
Thanks, posting photos of guitars and amps is half the fun.
 
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Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum, but loving it so far. Favorite thread is PS Fridays (of course).

Picked up a guitar for the first time in 20 years during lockdown. I've pretty much have been a mediocre player since I was a kid, and challenged myself to finally "get good" at guitar before my 40th birthday. To do this I created a rather silly little system in which I "paid" myself $10/hr for my practice time. The goal: practice a minimum of 1500 hours ($15k) between then (Jan 2022) and my 40th birthday (Jan 2025). The prize: my very own hand picked from the factory in Maryland, Private Stock guitar.

I'm sitting pretty at 1,246 hours with 8 months to go, so I felt it would be safe to get started on my birthday build. I'm working with the great group over at Ish Guitars in Syracuse, NY and they recommended to come on here to check out a variety of inspiration on what a potential PS build could look like.

I put in my deposit this afternoon and can't wait for the journey!
Great story! Love it!! Looking forward to following your build ;~))
 
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