ok, I believe I figured out my special purpose here (collection goal)

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  1. Furtive

    Furtive Knight of Bangin'ess

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    Anywhere else, this would be viewed as ostentatious, but... let's not fool ourselves. We all love these guitars. And it's not like anyone is going to discourage another forum member buying a new guit.

    Me, I'm a collector. Been like this since I discovered Matchbox cars somewhere around 1975. Got into guitars 28 years ago and have seen my share of equipment. Not necessarily the best stuff, but enough to form educated opinions on the evolution of gear and manufacturers. Nailed down a nice collection of Ibanez pedals, Fender Duo Sonics, early Fender lap steels and tweed amps many years ago. After a few of those "life events" (I suppose they are not talking about making a trip to Wawa), I've landed in a spot where I can buy some toys for a short time. It won't last forever, and I am old and wise enough to go about this in a certain way (that means I've tried all other options, usually with bad or expensive results).

    My goal is to get a PRS from each year of production, and cover as many models as I can afford. When going for quantity like this, a low priced guitar is a great thing, especially if it fills the gap in the line. At the end of it, I hope to be able to make some kind of wise pronouncement along the lines of "so the thinking behind the different neck profiles was..." but will probably be more like "boy, that was expensive. and shoot, I forgot about their amps."

    Collectors, hecklers, and rubberneckers - your input, please.
     
  2. Blues Trucker

    Blues Trucker New Member

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    Well, Hopefully youll play them occasionally. Good luck on your quest. Looking forward to all the porn.
     
  3. CatStrangler

    CatStrangler PRS Enthusiast

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    $100K or less perhaps, I believe it could be done based on what model you want from each year.

    Edit: The collection I understand, As far as the wise pronouncements, I would encourage you to save the dough, I will catch some flack for this but I've been playing PRS guitars off and on for 24 years and they are making the best ones right now.
     
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  4. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    Outstanding! Let the hunt begin!
     
  5. The Fight

    The Fight Long Hair Demigod

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    No comment...
    ...hold on no comment is a comment...
    Why don't you make a goal to get the prs you think is the best?
     
  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I'm not a collector - actually, I don't really understand collecting - but I've been playing PRSes since 1991 and have had a bunch over the years. So I understand the "I want that guitar!" part of it. ;)

    But we have some very serious collectors here on the Forum, who've amassed quite a number of the most choice models, and they can probably offer comments and maybe even guidance as to some of the things they've learned.

    I know that some collectors specialize in rare models, others in limited runs and Private Stocks, and so on. There seems to be a focus with certain collectors, and maybe not so much focus with others.

    Good luck in your quest!
     
  7. Huggy B

    Huggy B Hmm... kinda tangy.

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    Heckler?............. OK here goes......

    You no good........ You son of a.............. ..............ahh I can't do it.

    If I had the $$ I'd buy a platoon of PRS....................no a brigade of PRS...................no an ARMY of PRS.
    You go for it baby!!!
     
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  8. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    I would love to see a collection like that. It only takes one person with enough cause to assemble such a menage of guitar history for all of us to admit that it was completely badass. You may also want to decide if your collection will only include "factory guitars", or if you will extend your search also for "pre-factory guitars", and will you include SE and S2 models. Knowing which models debuted during which years would likely provide guidance for your model selections. You should search PRSgutars.com for brief historical info, and perhaps even phone the factory to find out the best sources for accurate production timelines. Your first factory model would be the CU24, the one that started it all. And in no particular order...

    CU24
    CU22
    Santana
    Howard Leese Golden Eagle
    513
    408
    305
    NF3
    DGT
    Paul's Guitar
    Studio
    HB II
    HB I
    CU24 Floyd
    Jazz
    McCarty
    McCarty Soapbar
    Artist 1-5
    DC245
    SC245
    Stripped 58
    SC250
    MC 58
    Soapbar II
    Mira
    Starla
    HB 12
    SAS
    Modern Eagle
    Doubleneck
    Dragon 1-5
    P22
    P24
    P245
    Grainger Bass
    too many signatures to list...

    You should catalog your collection exploits either on a thread here or on a blog of some sort. Would be cool to see now and then. Good luck.
     
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  9. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

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    Great idea! The early ones will be the hardest, I mean, you're going to need one with VY + birds...

    My fav neck profile is Regular D, keen to hear your thoughts on this one.

    So, to make the collection "complete" are you going to get something pre-factory too? :p
     
  10. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    Me either. :cool:
     
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  11. Bill SAS 513

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

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    Hmmmmmmmmm....Very similar thoughts here...I'm probably more of a Collector than player, too .I'm very lucky that I work at a guitar shop part-time, so I have seen a bunch of used guitars come and go...(mostly right into my basement!!!!) Actually, Its kinda cyclical...Over a year or two, I'll pick up a couple bolt-ons (again, remember I get 'em pretty cheap as an employee), and than a gorgeous Cu 22 or 24 will show up used, and 2-3 will be purged for the Nicer guitar. (Still waiting on a Cu 22 Soapbar...the one with 3 P-90's) Good luck and happy hunting!!!!!!!
     
  12. bodia

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

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    I guess I'd kind of fall into the collector category to. I certainly don't NEED more than one guitar, but I have several. I don't use them for work, I don't play out. Music is my love/hobby. There were many, many years where I couldn't afford to have more than one guitar. Now that I can, I'm enjoying that ability. I say have at it!
     
  13. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Very interesting exercise. I would probably approach it differently and get an early example of each distinct guitar, getting a maximum of one per year. If a year didn't come out with anything new, I wouldn't buy one for that. But...it is your collection and I would love to watch it unfold.

    Regarding collecting. I never considered myself a collector, though I do have a fair number of guitars. I consider myself a scientist. I rarely really understand what people mean by their descriptions of how the resulting sound varies with different wood, pickups, whatever. To satisfy my curiosity I bought a few so I could hear for myself in a controlled environment. I still often don't know what people mean by their descriptions, but I have some touch points so I can relate their language to something I have experienced. But really, mostly I just like to play guitar. And looking at pretty things. And the smell of rosewood in the morning.
     
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  14. goat-n-gitter

    goat-n-gitter Dismembered

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    More power to you, OP. I certainly have a "collection" of guitars, but to build up a big single-make collection is quite an undertaking. I'm also a member at Ibanez Collector's World, and I have 4 of what are considered "Golden Age" Ibanez guitars, but there are guys on that forum with hundreds, including large multiples of the same model, etc.. I don't have the space to get that OCD. My guitar closet holds about 20 cases, and I've overflowed a few into the guest room, so adding any more guitars will result in a mandate to get rid of some.
    I also consider myself more of a player than a collector, and while PRS are my current favorites and receive most of my play time, I can't see myself going purely single-make, as there are tones that PRS can't quite nail, as well as icons that I just have to have at least one of in my stable.

    Tom
     
  15. rugerpc

    rugerpc A♥ hoards guitars ♥A
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    Dude. Do what makes you happy!

    What's gonna make me happy is watching the process and the pics you're gonna have to post or get tarred and feathered.
     
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  16. Spikedog007

    Spikedog007 Life is good, it really is.

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    I would call myself a mini collector since with each PRS I've purchased I make sure it's not a duplicate color and try not to duplicate tone...(and try to get different birds on each), so I kind of get where your coming from. But, I do play them all, even if it's just in my bedroom these days..

    I say go for it. And this is very easy for me to say to you...It's only money! .
     
  17. Audie

    Audie New Member

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    Go get-em. Buy the 1985 model first. They are getting more expensive by the day.
     
  18. CantankerousCarl

    CantankerousCarl Occasionally Onery Member

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    This is a really cool collection idea. I must admit to having daydreamed something similar, but poweball did not cooperate, and I couldn't see myself stopping at just one for each year.

    Maybe you can consider it a museum and get some sort of grant? ;)

    In the meantime, maybe we can help by starting a virtual collection with the forum folks. They would actually have to be member-owned guitars.

    John Mann's pre-production Santana would be a good place to start...then someone posts an '85, next one an '86 and they told two friends, and they told two friends...
     
  19. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

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    Great idea Carl, maybe we could have a thread for each year, so everyone gets a chance to pile on?
     
  20. bodia

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

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    I agree....Cool idea. If I had an '85, I start that thread right now.
     

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