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  1. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    It’s been a busy month for guitars around here.
    It starts with Brian’s Limited run of SE Holcomb’s. Always wanted to try one, but never really cared for the Holcomb burst finish that it comes in. So when I saw this limited run, I grabbed a trampas green with a really wide flame pattern.
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    Really fun guitar to get some heavy riffage going. The pickups are really aggressive in a good way. My only complaint was the plastic nut and non-locking tuners.

    I went to see John Mann at the guitar vault and he hooked it up.
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    He modified the tuners to a locking set, and fitted a custom bone nut.

    Next, thanks to the great enabler Bodia,
    Who dropped a hint that he might be moving his Silver Sky.
    We worked a deal and this showed up.
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    Hands down, the best S style guitar I’ve played. Ever.
    Great sounds in every position. Addicting to play, and hard to put down.

    I have to give a shout out to Shawn and the PTC. There was a problem with the wiring that was causing a pickup to cut out in one of the positions. They fixed it right up and got it back into my hands quick.
    PRS customer service rocks!

    A buddy of mine has 60’s era reissue Fender strat that we compared with the Silver Sky. They felt very different to play, but they sounded VERY similar. PRS really nailed what they were going for with this one.
    Now he wants one too.


    Last, but definitely not least,
    While I was at the vault, I decided to give some of the new SE acoustics a strum.
    Damn, these are some fine instruments that punch way above their price range.
    After much A/B comparisons with all six of the new models. I traded in my A30E for an A50E. What I like, the body and the neck are slightly slimmer which makes it, for me, more comfortable to play and didn’t sacrifice any of the sound.

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    The top has some interesting figuring that is hard to capture in photos that really pop at certain angles.
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    I’d recommend anyone looking for an acoustic to give the new SE range a consideration.
     
  2. bodia

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

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    Damn dude! Good run! I dig the Holcomb Ltd run that Brian did. Very cool!

    Glad we could work something out on the SS, too. Totally agree with what you said about it. Sadly, I love a lot of guys that play "S" types, but not how I play "S" types. Enjoy it!
     
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  3. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Bangin’!

    That SS was a fun guitar to play, for sure!
    But man, that SE acoustic looks like a million bucks! Dare I say the birds on those look nicer than the majority of guitars PRS is making these days?
     
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  4. WA Paul

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

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    Wow, now that’s a great triple play, congrats! That curly maple veneer on your Holcom is terrific, but your new A50e looks even better! I thought the original SE acoustics were just as good as most Taylor’s at a far lower price point (I had several Taylor’s over 20 years, so not throwing shade on them at all).

    Haven’t tried a SS, but I’m not much of a Strat or single coil guy.
     
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  5. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    I like them all.
    Happy Summer.
     
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  6. toothace

    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

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    What a month!!
     
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  7. ElrytNamrogo

    ElrytNamrogo My name be scrambled

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    Congrats on your acquisitions!!!

    I really LOVE my A50E and totally agree that these things punch way above their price range. Their tone and play-ability are better than many guitars I've played that cost more than twice the price...not to mention the visual aesthetics are top-notch.

    Congrats on all three, they all look great!!!
     
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  8. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Nice on all 3...Congrats!!!
     
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  9. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Wow, you’ve been on a good run! The guitars look killer.
     
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  10. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    I’m glad too!
    If PRS makes more colors available I might even get a second one
     
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  11. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    Right?
     
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  12. Tonart

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

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    Exactly my sentiments too. Flabbergasted. (And a little outraged :rolleyes:)
     
  13. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Triple Like!
     
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  14. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    Awesome trio! :cool: The SE acoustics are the sleepers of the brand. Love mine.
     
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  15. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    Slight mod to the Angelus:

    Swapped the stock plastic bridge pins with Ebony ones that have abalone inlays to match the rest of the guitar.

    I was surprised at how much the sound changed.
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  16. bodia

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

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    Nice! I approve!
     
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  17. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Damn. Those look good.
    Were the originals plastic?
     
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  18. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    Nice!
     
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  19. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    What a trifecta month, they all look stunning, the top on the Holocomb reminds of Jupiter surface.
    The birds and purfling on the Angelus are they true abalone?
    CongratsX3
     
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  20. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    Yes, just like my kid’s legos.
    The difference is astounding!
    It’s a totally different beast now
     
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