NGD - Singlecut Goldtop with dots

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  1. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    While I will always love fancy guitars with birds and killer tops, I thought it would be cool to go in the opposite direction. This is exactly what I was looking for: a goldtop with dots, no neck binding, and vintage tuners.

    I bought it at an amazing price. It’s a 2002 and in mint condition; except for the frets, while not worn, could use a good polish. I love the gold inlaid PRS signature on the headstock. I miss that.

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    It came with aged Wizz Premium Clone PAFs, which are highly regarded and usually sound amazing. However, they come premounted in tall Gibson pickup rings. So, instead of putting the PRS rings on there, someone raised the bridge really high to go above the taller Gibson pickup rings.

    Ridiculous. It wasn’t evident in the pictures.

    Anyway, the guitar is so sweet that I didn’t complain. Oh, also the wiring isn’t right and it sounds like ass. Again, I’m so happy with the price and condition that electronics are not an issue to me.

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    So, I dropped it off at my tech. I asked him to polish the frets and to install all new pots, bumblebee caps, and a new input jack. I put the PRS pickup rings on there and I lowered the bridge but I’ll have him give it a full set up. I want to try the Wizz pickups with proper wiring and set up before I yank them out. It has a cap in there now that is for single coils. :confused: So, I am expecting that the Wizz will sound so much better.

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    I had a set of John Mann modified vintage tuners :cool: on hand so those were the first things to go on. What can I say? I like quick and easy string changes, especially when playing out.

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    I will give you a full report when I get it back from the tech. I ordered black pickup rings and three way tip because I think it would look good. I hope they arrive in time for me to run them over to the shop before he does the work. If not, I can put them on later. I’m also changing the speed knobs to the amber lampshade knobs.
     
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  2. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    those pickups look 50 years older than the guitar.
     
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  3. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    They are the “aged” version and I will be sure to get a tetanus shot before playing it. :D
     
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  4. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I’d play that.
     
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  5. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    Here’s a shot from the rear. The goldtop is on the right. The other one is the Bruise Burst. It has a ribbon mahogany body that looks three dimensional.

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  6. clmazza

    clmazza Bullet the Blue Sky

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    Outstanding and congrats! Love it!
     
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  7. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    Nice!
    The original Singlecuts are tough to beat.:cool:
     
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  8. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Congratulations, that’s a beauty. I love gold.
     
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  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    Bangin’! Can I call dibs?
     
  10. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    Thank you everyone, and yes you may, Sergio.

    So, I’ve been toying with the idea of applying gold leaf to the top and then having the gold leaf sprayed with a clear coat at a local guitar shop who does nice work. I’ve never done that before but I’m the adventurous type.
     
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  11. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    Dude...that's killer!!! Gold-tops rule!
     
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  12. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    Thanks! I love it because it has an old school vibe.
     
  13. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    I love the older goldtop color. Congrats!

    That's some serious PRS action. The SC Trem and the middle one with the pink/purple center are ultra sweet!
     
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  14. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    Thank you very much.

    That Singlecut Trem in raspberry is my favorite guitar of all. I loved it when I didn’t care for the pickups, but now it has Seymour Duncan Bonamassa Amos pickups and they are unreal. So huge and powerful. Hotter than regular PAFs, for sure. They breath fire... which I like.

    The pink/purple center was a custom color called Bruise Burst. That’s a dark grape jelly purple at the edges. That’s my wife’s favorite guitar in my collection. It’s an SC245 and the PRS 58/15 pickups in it are so good. I bought it new back in 2016 and the only thing I’ve changed are the tuner buttons.

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    This guitar would slay any Les Paul it met. I’m hoping to feel the same way about the gold one when I get it back from the shop.
     
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  15. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    Double dibs!
     
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  16. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    gold over gold what the actual?
     
  17. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    It’s a real unmolested gold top. I’m just saying that I am considering applying real gold leaf to it. Take it up a notch.
     
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  18. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    The man with the Midas touch
     
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  19. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Beauty! Ya done good!
     
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  20. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    Don’t ever tell the pink or red ones you feel the same way about the gold one. You’re gonna get unexplained fret buzz, feedback, strings out of tune...
     
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