NOGD - Artist I - Thanks 11top!

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  1. Formvar

    Formvar New Member

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    Hi all,

    First post here. I want to share a story about getting a PRS guitar back after 23 years.

    In 1990 I was touring around the US and took to PRS guitars. I gigged with a Mahogany Standard and a Purple custom. I also worked at a music store in Colorado where I decided, in '91, to custom order my 1st high-end guitar. That would be a PRS Artist I in quilt w/their new stop tailpiece. I remember going over specs with my rep, Harry Warman and having Mike Deely take the order and confirm that all was set. As a 24-year old musician, this was a big deal and a stretch financially.

    The guitar blew my mind when it arrived. The top was an epic flamed quilt. The color was incredible. I asked for Tortoiseshell but it came out looking like a pre-PS Tiger's Eye. I was so impressed that I ended up ordering an Artist II and Limited to form a set. The Artist I was my favorite of the bunch for it had the most vibrant color and depth of top.

    Unfortunately in 1997 I had to sell all 3 guitars. It was a bummer to say the least but hey, I was a kid and struggling financially. Since then, i've built up my guitar collection to include pre-cbs Fenders, pre-Norlin Gibsons and Gustavssons. For some reason I haven't owned a PRS since the 90's. Though, I have always wondered where the Artist I was. It represented a time of my life where I was immersed in musicianship and learning a ton about life.

    About 6 months ago I put a PRS Artist alert notification on a guitar site and left it at that. Lo and behold, last month my PRS Artist shows up. I recognized it instantly and was a bit dumbfounded that it was actually there on the screen. I contacted the seller and explained to him that I was the original owner of the guitar and i'd love to get it back. The seller, @11top replied, "I remember you, you sold me those three Artist guitars years ago." (23 years to be exact).

    Well, I got my Artist 1 back. It was synchronistic for I took delivery the day after my 54th birthday. Steve was a gentleman in the deal and I am happy as can be to have what represents my younger self back in my possession. It plays better than I remember and the wide-fat neck feels so good. I am digging the sounds from the Artist pickups. I feel like I drank the kool-aid again. I'm already looking at what could be my next PRS...

    Thanks for letting me share this story. The forum seems supportive and I felt this was a good one to post.

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  2. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Where's the like x1000 button!
    Amazing guitar, and fantastic story... even if it has Steve in it!:p
    Welcome to the forum, and dayum... what a guitar!
     
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  3. Bill SAS 513

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

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    Holy Crap...Gorgeous!!!!
    Great story, too.
    (I love those stories!!!)
     
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  4. Straight_six

    Straight_six Always originate, never duplicate

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    Awesome story man, glad you were finally able to get her back!
     
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  5. clmazza

    clmazza Bullet the Blue Sky

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    Great story and welcome back to the PRS folds.... congrats!
     
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  6. Alan Manning

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

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    Such a cool story and what a beauty of a guitar. Congrats all round.
     
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  7. bodia

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

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    That is one smokin’ hot top! Great guitar. Better story. Glad it’s back with its original owner. Steve is a rockstar!
     
  8. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Too Funky

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    Bangin’!
     
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  9. Monkeywalker

    Monkeywalker New Member

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    What a great story, love a happy ending. Enjoy it, you clearly deserve it
     
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  10. Iceman101

    Iceman101 There's always room for one more.....

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    Cool :cool: Now I also now which case 11Top was looking for:D
     
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  11. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    Congrats!
    Now don’t do that again. :)
     
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  12. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Wow!!! That’s incredible
     
  13. Serious Poo

    Serious Poo Shoegazing Member

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    Great story, great guitar and great vibes. Love it!
     
  14. PoToC

    PoToC New Member

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    Very nice!
     
  15. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    Holy Freaking Cow that is gorgeous!
     
  16. SinSir

    SinSir New Member

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    I don't know what's better the story guitar!? Awesome!!!
     
  17. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© ▲▼▲▼▲▼▲▼▲

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    I love getting long-lost guitars back. Congrats!
     
  18. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Yoshi, I’m so glad you came to the Forum. I’m ecstatic that guitar is back where it should be. You were and are a real gentleman to work with.

    I hope to look you up in Colorado one day as we discussed. Maybe we’ll meet at a PRS Experience. However, in the meantime, please keep involved here.
     
  19. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    What a great story! Now I take back all those horrible things I've been saying about Steve for the last 30 years!
     
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  20. Buildermike

    Buildermike Can you have too many?

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    I love happy endings.
     
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