NGD & a Re-Introduction

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by RaySachs, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    No reason for folks around here to remember this, but I was pretty active here about two years ago after buying a beautiful used 594 DC that was gonna be my "lifetime guitar". It was a great guitar, but I had a serious problem playing it in my customary seated position due to it's leg-cut position and how that moved the guitar too far to the right for any kind of comfort. So the "lifetime" of that guitar was a couple months. And because the vast majority of PRS guitars have the same forward leg-cut position, I figured I was pretty much done with PRS, except for one or two possible exceptions.

    I was relatively newly back to playing a lot at that point too, after a 30 year layoff (largely - I'd pick a guitar up every now and then, but total rust and zero callouses) and still figuring out what I liked. And I figured out I don't like humbuckers, like soapbars but not enough to play them much, LOVE Fender-y single coils, but strats waaaaaay more than teles. I'd always been a strat guy and turns out I still am.

    So after trying a lot of guitars over a couple of years, I'd sold off everything but my Robert Cray hardtail strat, which I love. But I decided to finally give a Silver Sky a real workout. I'd tried one briefly many months back and liked it but didn't love it, but didn't really give it much of a chance - hadn't even plugged it in. Well, now I've given one a good workout and now I own it. So I'm back in the PRS fold playing one of the very few PRS models that I can comfortably play. It's my #1 and nearly only.

    I've basically become a one-electric guy, which was my goal with that 594 that didn't work out. Turns out when I have other choices hanging on the wall, I end up just playing my strat anyway, and the others just make me feel guilty for not playing them. So I finally off-loaded the others and it's kind of a relief. The Cray will hang out as a backup - I have almost no money in it and it plays as well or better than the Silver Sky. I also like it's quack sounds a bit better, but overall the pickups, construction, sustain, stability, etc, of the Silver Sky won out and it will clearly be a strong #1. Really digging it. Having multiple guitars out to choose from just causes me stress (I know, I know, I don't really fit in around here!), so the one I'm not using will live in the closet in a case and that will mostly be the Cray.

    Nothing you all haven't seen a million times. There's a strong family resemblance which also does a fine job of not drawing any excess attention to the new guy. And I really dig this color combination. Because this is a NOS 2018 model, I got it for 15% off and didn't pay any tax, so the price was the best I'd seen for a new one.

    I'm not a super GASSY type guy and the amount of buying around here kind of makes my head spin, so I'll probably just stop in from time to time, but figured I'd say hi again...

    -Ray

    [​IMG]unnamed by Ray, on Flickr

    Here's the Cray with the 594 when I still had it, and one on it's own:

    [​IMG]Cray-3 by Ray, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Cray-8 by Ray, on Flickr
     
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  2. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Glad to see you back, sir! Definitely remember the story.

    Come back often, though - the excessive buying is merely a bonus. Sarcasm is our main product. Sarcasm and stupidity - our two main products. Sarcasm, stupidity, and the occasional guitar wisdom - our three main...never mind, I'll start again.
     
  3. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    The Silver Sky is a great guitar, and it was a revolution to me. After all the hype and faux outrage, I wanted to try one just to see what they'd come up with, but the reality is I'm a humbucker moth...player. Plus I had my single-coil needs covered w/the 513 - not a Strat, but close enough for my purposes. So another member here and I tried one out at the local shop's PRS day. I thought we'd passed it back and forth for 15-20 minutes. PRS guy said it was like an hour. It reminded me of what I love about great Strat players and the sounds they get. In the end, I decided to buy it. Haven't regretted it at all - it definitely fills a niche that I thought I had covered. And in the words of the great American philosopher, Ron White...I was wrong.
     
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  4. Alan Manning

    Alan Manning Well Love a Duck Mary Poppins.!!!

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    (Ditto!!!.) Welcome back Ray.!!!
     
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  5. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    Welcome back Ray and congrats on the new guitar!
     
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  6. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    Welcome Ray! The Silver Sky is a nice old Strat that stays in tune. That’s how it feels to me. I laugh that I always wanted a candy apple red Strat, When I finally found one I liked, it was a Silver Sky.
     
  7. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    It's funny how much it's a strat and yet how different it is at the same time. I've never had a strat that sustained like the SS or one with pickups that were so balanced and even from positions 1-5 with nearly no change in volume as you move between positions. But at the same time, it's got a lot less quack in the 2 & 4 positions too. Which I don't love, but OTOH those are still GREAT sounding positions. And the 1 and 3 are actually also really useful positions on this guitar, which they're not so much on the other strats I've owned. I've always been a 2, 4, 5 guy who could occasionally use the bridge with some dirt as long as I had a tone control wired to it. But I'm finding I love the 3 on this guitar, which I've never experienced before.

    So I love it, but I'm hanging on to my Robert Cray too. Unless I find myself never ever playing it for a prolonged period and then maybe I'd reconsider. But I know there's less margin for error with a 7.25" fretboard - as much as I love them they tend to get out of whack more easily than a 9.5", so keeping the Cray around will probably give me peace of mind, even if it's just to have in case the Silver Sky ever needs to spend some time in the shop...

    -Ray
     
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  8. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    “Here’s a picture of Alan at the side of the house, but you can see the front of the house!” RRRRIIIIIIPPPPPP!

    Welcome back Ray, congrats on your stonking Silver Sky
     
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  9. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    One of the kids together. I guess more different when you see 'em side by side, but similar enough that if you don't care about guitars, you'd never even notice. I know, I know, the HEADSTOCK, the BOIDS, but not everyone sees these things like we do...

    [​IMG]untitled-1-8 by Ray, on Flickr
     
  10. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Good to see you Ray.
     
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  11. bodia

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

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    Great to have you back. Congrats on the SS! What wireless is that you’re using in it? My Line 6 wont fit.
     
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  12. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    It's an Xvive. I have a receiver and three transmitters from when I had three electrics on the wall in regular-ish use. Now I have two extra transmitters. I don't know how well it would deal with gigging in a busy bar with all of the competing wifi signals, but for a home player, it's great - no problems at all.

    -Ray
     
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  13. bodia

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

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    Sweet, thanks! I've got a Midnight Rose Silver Sky on pre-order. I'll need to have something for it by the time it gets here. Won't be leaving my basement.
     
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  14. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    I’ve got a 90s Strat Plus that I converted to a Gilmour Black Strat that is also safe from Reverb. The pickups are totally different from those that were in it, with David’s “bridge/neck together” switch and other wiring, and I really like it. I’ve been slightly reducing the fleet, but no harm in keeping two good Strat types. I like the hard-tail Strats... you see so few of them. Keep that RC!

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  15. Tim S

    Tim S King of the barre chord

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    Welcome back! It’s nice seeing you on multiple forums.
     
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  16. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Welcome back Ray, and great decision.
    Congrats!
     
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  17. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Great guitar! Congrats
     
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  18. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    What is this multiple forums thing you speak of?!;)
     
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  19. StillCantankerous

    StillCantankerous Deja Voodo

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    Welcome back and congrats on the SS.

    The 2 & 4s are a bit less quacky to my ears as well, but they also have a fullness to them that I hadn't encountered before.

    Agree about 3!
     
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  20. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    There are a lot of the WiFi 2.4 (hz, ghz, mhz???) Systems out there a lot cheaper than these now. At the time I don’t think there were. There are also some newer ones using the 5.8 WiFi band that are supposed to be somewhat more immune from interference. Most of the 5.8 wireless also work well with active electronics - the xvive doesn’t work with active electronics at all. I have an acoustic with active electronics that won’t work with it, but I plug it in roughly never, so it’s not an issue to me. But something to be aware of.
     
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