NGD: 2020 Silver Sky Rosewood in Golden Mesa!

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  1. MA Pete

    MA Pete SC 594 Addict

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    So in the spirit of trying all the cool new 2020 TCI Models, I wanted to check out a 2020 Silver Sky. ;)

    Also the 2020 Rosewood has the new 635JM-R neck carve with supposedly slightly softer shoulders, so I made sure to grab one that was confirmed with that carve.

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    Wow, I love it!!

    Dig the Golden Mesa finish, especially with the Rosewood Board. Blends right in with all my vintage vibe Sunburst guitars.

    I do feel the difference in the neck carve - I had just played a 2019 model earlier this week in a dealer. The shoulders do feel subtly smaller, the Hendrix thumb over the top thing is a little easier. (I wish the 2020 Maple Board ones had this carve as well, as I probably will get one of those as well.)

    These pickups are to die for, the best S-Type pickups out there, IMO. I had two terrific Fender Custom Shop Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child guitars with Fender CS 1969 pickups in there - those were great, but these PRS pickups are better, and better than any of the Fender CS pickups I tried over the past two years, by a long shot in my opinion. And I have tried most of them!

    I had a Silver Sky in 2018, these pickups seem even better this time around, perhaps the TCI thing?

    I still think the frets are kind of small, hopefully I get used to them. If not, maybe I will get it refretted with 6105s (or Jescar 55090, their 6105 equivalent). But I will give them a chance first, perhaps I just get used to them.

    The Board Radius didn't seem to bother me this time around, that felt fine.

    As advertised, all 5 pickup positions sound great! I played it through my new Metropolous DVL-1, and hot-rodded EL34 Marshally amp, both with Plexi cleans and with higher gain, it sounded terrific. To die for in the '65 Mode with sparkly Plexi cleans.

    Also of note, I don't find the headstock to look odd anymore, like I did in 2018. I guess with stuff like that, we just get used to it! ;) I think it looks great overall.

    More importantly, it plays and sounds great!
     
  2. RallyFanatic

    RallyFanatic Perpetual musical mid-life crisis

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    Congrats! Love my Golden Mesa, it’s easily my #1.
     
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  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Great colour for that guitar.
     
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  4. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    Beautiful! Gold always was a great guitar color!
     
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  5. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    Great addition to your fantastic collection!

    I hope the small frets work out for you! I couldn't get along with them, and I don't think I can justify replacing the frets ... just yet.

    Getting that FOMO not having one of these ...
     
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  6. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    love it

    I may get one again too
     
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  7. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Too Funky

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    Lookin’ good!
     
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  8. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Love the gold! Nice grab, Pete!
     
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  9. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Fantastic, love it! Congrats on a winner!
     
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  10. FJ4

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    Congratulations, Great Guitar!
     
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    Rider1260 New Member

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    That is a beauty Congrats Pete :)
     
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  12. Fro

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    Nice!
     
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  13. MA Pete

    MA Pete SC 594 Addict

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    Thanks, everyone!
     
  14. Sai

    Sai New Member

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    Congrats, beautiful in that colour !
     
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  15. Egads

    Egads One, Two, THIRTEEN!

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    Love it, Pete. That's awesome. Sounds like a winner.
     
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  16. RaySachs

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    Congratulations! I’m really curious to try one of the new ones with that neck carve. I have a 2018 and love everything about it but only like the neck carve. It does seem to be the “shoulders” too. I have a Robert Cray Strat that feels a little deeper and narrower. I don’t think it is actually either, but it’s shoulders drop away quicker and I think it creates that impression. I find the thumb over on the bass strings notably easier/more comfortable on that neck...

    -Ray
     
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  17. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Congratulations Pete, nice addition to the herd, now you can go straight from Jimmy to Jimi!
     
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  18. MA Pete

    MA Pete SC 594 Addict

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    Yes, and that is exactly what happens! :)
     
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  19. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Nice guitar! Looking at that same model myself. Congrats
     
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  20. Jazzedout

    Jazzedout More Guitars than Time...

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    Didn't the SS have the TCI thing from day 1?
     
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