NGD: PRS Private Stock One-off Build

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  1. drgordonfreeman

    drgordonfreeman New Member

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    I ordered this back in April from my guys Clint and Bryan at The Guitar Sanctuary. Awesome dudes who are not only PRS encyclopedias, but who took really good care of me. They helped me spec the guitar and determine the woods. The rep sent me pics of all the woods (top, body, neck, fretboard, and headstock) from the wood library, and I was able to select the woods I wanted. We were also able to select lighter color mother of pearl that showed the etching well, while still retaining the "pearl essence". The detail in the etching of the birds is just phenomenal. Even the PRS rep was impressed by how well the birds turned out.


    The body and neck were both hand carved, rather than the usual CNC machine process. While I consider CNC machine cut guitars to be superior in consistency, the guitar had to be hand carved, due to the scale length (25.5") and the non-standard (for PRS) controls configuration. For those of you who know how PRS PS guitars are built and the multiple iterations of test cases they build before they ever start the real build with the PS wood library woods, then you know why hand carving this is such a huge deal.


    It's hard to see in the pictures, but one of the more elegant, if not defining features of the guitar is the curly maple binding on the neck and headstock. Interestingly, it's one of the first thing friends have mentioned when seeing the guitar in person.


    The guitar came in finally, and my brain has melted over the ridiculously flawless quality of the guitar. The PRS PS guys are true artisans in every sense of the word and more. For anyone thinking of spec'ing out a PS one-off build: do it. It's worth every penny.


    Specs at the end after the pics.








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    Specifications


    Model: Custom 24
    Body: Solid
    Frets: 24
    Fretwire: Dunlop 6100
    Scale length: 25.5"
    Fretboard Radius: 12"
    Neck shape: Pattern Thin
    Bridge: Tremolo (Hybrid - silver bridge with gold saddles)
    Bridge Options: None
    Hardware Color: Nickel
    Color: Whale blue
    Finish: PRS PS Acrylic
    Top Wood: Curly Maple
    Top Style: Book matched
    Grain Pattern: Tight figuring
    Back Wood: Alder
    Back Finish: Glossy Black
    Neck Wood: Flame Maple
    Neck Finish: Whale Blue; Satin finish
    Fretboard Wood: Ebony
    Side Dots: Black plastic
    Fretboard Inlays: Etched birds
    Inlay Material: Mother of pearl
    Inlay Outline: silver metal
    Fretboard Binding: Curly maple
    Fretboard Purfling: None
    Headstock Veneer: Ebony
    Headstock Binding: Curly maple
    Headstock Logo: Etched Eagle
    Logo Material: Mother of Pearl
    Logo Outline: silver metal
    Tuner Type: Phase III locking
    Tuner Buttons: Ebony
    Strap Buttons: Schaller Strap Locks
    Nut: Standard
    Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
    Electronics Configuration: 5-way blade
    Bridge Pickup: Uncovered 85/15 bridge pickup
    Neck Pickup: Uncovered 85/15 neck pickup
    Controls: One volume control only; No tone controls
    Control Materials: Clear volume knob
    Pickup Options: No covers
    Case: Private stock
     
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  2. wardog

    wardog What the gravy and cheese!!!!

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    That looks Really nice. That blue on the maple neck looks the best in blue I have every since.
     
  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Sweet! Congrats on spec'ing a great one. How's it sound?
     
  4. django49

    django49 New Member

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  5. RGM

    RGM New Member

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    Wonderfully tasteful! Pure art!
     
  6. ozboy

    ozboy New Member

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    Classy. No tone control!
     
  7. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenf├╝hrer

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    Very tastefully laid out -- nice choices.
     
  8. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    That's a beauty. Nicely done. It appears to be a more nicely appointed Holcomb with 85/15s and an....ALDER BODY??? Yours is the first Alder-bodied PRS I've personally ever seen. Enjoy.
     
  9. VHTStark

    VHTStark New Member

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    Totally like a jazzed up Holcomb! Love the specs on this: no nonsense tone machine! Would love a tone report!
     
  10. tabl10s

    tabl10s New Member

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    Shameful! You spent all that time and money and decided on plastic dots? What finish is that again?

    Just noticed the string-through-body. Gots to sustain nicely.
     
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  11. CVS

    CVS Not so new member

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    Congrats - Love the simplicity - That is one awesome guitar! Curious as to why you went with a longer scale length than the core model?
     
  12. nosidamde

    nosidamde Taco Flavored Kisses

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    Custom 24 + Fixed Bridge= NGD WINNING

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  13. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Very nicely done.
    Great woods and those might be my favourite birds.
     
  14. CantankerousCarl

    CantankerousCarl Occasionally Onery Member

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    Blue on Black - both Kenny Wayne Shepard and Gary Clark Jr. approve!!!

    Love the stained satin-finished maple neck. Gorgeous birds against the ebony. And the fact that it's hand-carved is just too cool...congratulations on a stellar build. How does she sound?
     
  15. vchizzle

    vchizzle Zomb!e Nine, DFZ

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    Very cool! Love that you went away from the norm on some specific features you really wanted! The flame on that neck is awesome. Doesn't need any gloss to still pop. Birds are sweet.
     
  16. squirrel211

    squirrel211 New Member

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    Is that a set-tension, no-arm tremolo?!

    I had a similar idea, so that I could keep the back of the guitar intact without needing a trem cavity cover; plus I never use the trem arm, I just pull it a tiny bit with my pinky. No dive bombing, just a bit of shimmer or 1/2 step drop for some flavor!
     
  17. Jazzedout

    Jazzedout More Guitars than Time...

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    Great build!!!! Enjoy it!!
     
  18. sleary

    sleary New Member

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    SMOKIN hot
     
  19. guitarman001

    guitarman001 New Member

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    Must feel amazing to play!
     
  20. guitarman001

    guitarman001 New Member

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    Just noticed only one knob?? Volume?
     

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