NGD - Pauls Guitar; Experience the TCI in Black Gold

Ironwolf

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so I feel like I should be starting the 12 step program,
First admit that your powerless, whenever you see a bottle (guitar) of black gold you must have it.
I'm starting to think I should go to a program for guitar addicts. I am so weak I can't resist.
I've only had it for about 4 hours. but it's everything I was hoping for so far.

I think I've seen 75 (of 100) of the limited edition 2018 PRS experience Paul's guitar,
I've been cherry picking, browsing, not convinced that I wanted it, or could afford it.
but then I tripped across this beauty and just fell in love and pulled the trigger.
these are the stock photos from the store.
I'll try to take some better pictures in a week or so, they have way too much glare.
I just feel like this is the absolute most beautiful one out of the remaining 20 that are for sale.

just an amazing quilt top, almost flawless, yet with that 2nd layer of dirty mineral streaks,
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amazing fiddle back mahogany neck, striped mahogany body.
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Ziricote fret board, bone nut.
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however I'm having one problem, the three-way toggle switch, in the center position is a little bit too loose.
the slightest touch puts it into full bridge position mode, when I took the back plate off, I can see that it's of poor design, center plate clamps don't apply very much pressure to the toggle switch, and slight vibrations cause the contact to detach and go into bridge mode, anybody else experience this with this toggle design. I briefly touch it upward and it goes back into the center position. slightly annoying.
that looks like I can bend the spring plates to maintain stronger contact.
but I thought I would see if anyone else has tried to deal with this, or maybe I have to replace the three-way toggle on my $5000 guitar?. I think if I just squeeze the outer plates inward a bit contact wiill stay solid.

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Rusty Chos

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Congrats!

I’d just squeeze the spring plates in the switch a few times to cold set them. Looks like there’s room.
Maybe needle nose pliers, closer to the block vs the contacts.

I have a 2013 Paul’s Guitar, which I love. The new ones have improved sound in the “single coil sound” settings, but I’m not changing anything.
 

Ironwolf

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Congrats!

I’d just squeeze the spring plates in the switch a few times to cold set them. Looks like there’s room.
Maybe needle nose pliers, closer to the block vs the contacts.

I have a 2013 Paul’s Guitar, which I love. The new ones have improved sound in the “single coil sound” settings, but I’m not changing anything.

yes! I just did it, exactly that, I took a pair of needle nose pliers I squeezed the outer metal strips inward just a little bit, and for the inside strips I pushed them outward, contact is much improved. you can feel the improved tension in the center position the switch was very wobbly and loose, now those spring clamps pinch the toggle and keep it centered more tightly.

I also had a 2014 Paul's guitar. and I really really really did like it, except better single coils were just too much of something I wanted. so I traded it for a David Grissom DGT.
which were excellent or better single coils vs the PG. but I still had that narrow field humbucker tone craving as well.

I'm really digging the center position in both split coil setting on the PG now. every position seems fantastic but it's because the tone woods in the guitar are so amazing,
this thing almost doesn't need to be plugged in, acoustically it's just extremely loud and ringing, beautiful like a piano, impressive guitar making each step up the ladder, I'm guessing this is almost a private stock, that fiddle back neck mahogany is ringing like a bell.
thanks for confirming my tweaking and bending of internal components.
:)
 

Ironwolf

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My goodness. Which dealer was that gem hiding with? You got the pick of the bunch. Congrats!

very small dealer, he may be had 8 core models and 10 SE, and one experience 2018 Council Bluffs Iowa. Lidget Music.
the funny thing is I think it was one of the very last ones I looked at on one particular evening, almost done looking on a Google deep search. nothing was interesting,
easily could have missed it. just simply love at 1st sight. within 24 hours I said I have to have it.
cheers happy new year
 

Johnny Rigs

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There’s definitely something about Black Gold. Bit me with a DGT in a wrap finish. Wasn’t looking for it. It just found me. Congrats!
 

alantig

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I fell in love w/Black Gold when I first saw it a few years ago. Somehow, I've avoided actually getting one in that finish. Someday!

Congrats! That guitar is a beauty.
 

Andy80

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I played one of these beauties today, same finish. what an over the top amazing guitar. Easily the best PRS I've put my hands on (I have never played a private stock though)

Seriously incredible instrument. Sounds, plays, looks, 12/10 all around. I will be thinking about this guitar for a while.
 

Tonart

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I can’t decide which I like better - yours or the one Danish Pete just received from PRS.
 
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