Opinions Please... Private Stock order inlays

Which Inlay would go best with this color combo

  • curly maple

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • abalone

    Votes: 9 37.5%
  • opal

    Votes: 3 12.5%
  • azurite

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • Chryscolla

    Votes: 6 25.0%
  • other

    Votes: 3 12.5%

  • Total voters
    24

Alnus Rubra

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It really depends on the board wood. Assuming a dark board, you can't go wrong with Paua birds with White MOP outlines.

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And the best pattern, IMO, is 20th Anniversary Birds with wisps.

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Whatever makes it yours, though, is probably what you ought to do. I'd stray from wood birds, personally. With a blue dragons breath (this one is Iceberg DB), let's get some bling on the board. Have fun with it.
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Rockmark

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Further out of the box even yet, no birds, Rosewood Tree of Life inlay. I've seen them do this or close on some PS already. Check out the '96 Rosewood Ltd. inlay.
Can anyone here display some etched examples of birds. Gold, silver, ab,,, whatever, just for display.
 

dmatthews

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Further out of the box even yet, no birds, Rosewood Tree of Life inlay. I've seen them do this or close on some PS already. Check out the '96 Rosewood Ltd. inlay.
Can anyone here display some etched examples of birds. Gold, silver, ab,,, whatever, just for display.
There's some nice examples here...

 

Solteroblues

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So thank you guys for offering opinions, I do appreciate it. I'm going to take most of your advice about blinging it out a little more. I've decided that the Opal inlays are probably the most "bling" of the choices, though Abalone was a very close 2nd.

Also, the dealer I'm working with has some cool dealer only specs (inlay choices specific to them) that I didn't know about until today, so I'll be adding those to the build... I'll keep that a secret until everything gets approved by the PS team.

I can't believe I'm actually doing this, this has been a dream of mine for some time now. My main goals were to build something unique, but try to stay as close to the standard specs as possible. Three kids in the driving age range with one in college and one senior in high school puts a limit on daddy's fun budget LOL.
 

Birdsofprey

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I have a few PS runs, but if I ever order another one, it won't have birds.

Not that I dislike birds, but damn, I've been buying guitars with 'em since 1991, and I would want something everybody and his sister doesn't have.

I'm just not sure what that would be.
Golf balls, hockey pucks idk…. My private stock would probably have the red Pontiac crest on the twelfth fret!
 

LSchefman

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Golf balls, hockey pucks idk…. My private stock would probably have the red Pontiac crest on the twelfth fret!
I did music for SO MANY Pontiac ads!

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docteurseb

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I love stained curly maple inlays due to their 'recessed' look as it's a layer of stained curly maple covered in clear epoxy.
They don't look too blingy to me and a better match for a stained top (tuner buttons on this aren't from PRS, BTW), but that's just me and I can totally see how they could look excessive to others.

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What PRS may suggest, as they've been pushing for it the past couple years, are resin bird inlays that match the color.
It's the same principle: layer of colored/swirl epoxy + layer of clear epoxy. They have no iridescence, and don't look as deep/recessed as maple ones do but the color matching is great. I find it to be the worst of both worlds compared to curly maple or shell/pearls, but at least they won't fade...
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TrueStone inlays (reconstituted stones+resin) can look cool but they tend to stand out more than either of the other options:
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Gtrbldr

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Am I the only one who likes it a little cleaner and would go for nice MOP birds with that specs?
 

docteurseb

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I think I like the reconstituted stone/epoxy look better than the flamed maple.
What can't be easily seen on photos is how much more 3-dimensional the curly maple inlays are.
TruStone is obviously completely flat, and colors are limited but they have a wide selection of materials that may work with this blue glow scheme.
The epoxy ones are a great alternative to curly maple ones with some of the best color matching (as good as Paul M. can make it); and just like TruStone they have no iridescence/movement.

Am I the only one who likes it a little cleaner and would go for nice MOP birds with that specs?
Nothing wrong with them, they look great with anything.
It's just that, when spending over 2x the cost of a Core, one may want to spice up things a bit (at no cost, except maybe the synthetic opal ones).
That said the shell/pearl materials the PS team uses have the highest iridescence and it shows. I was surprised at how pretty those 'basic' looking inlays were with varying lighting/viewing angles on the the initial run of PS Modern Eagle V and Paul's 85.
 
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Nice F Holes

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I have abalone birds on my guitar and they're beautiful, but I feel like the Paua would pop a little more in the guitar in the OP. Paua is my vote.
 

Nice F Holes

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It really depends on the board wood. Assuming a dark board, you can't go wrong with Paua birds with White MOP outlines.

pkvfec8qaibajugra2ov.jpg

20160715_112419_resized.jpg


And the best pattern, IMO, is 20th Anniversary Birds with wisps.

Iceberg%2BDragon%2527s%2BBreath%2BFull%2BFrontal.jpg


Whatever makes it yours, though, is probably what you ought to do. I'd stray from wood birds, personally. With a blue dragons breath (this one is Iceberg DB), let's get some bling on the board. Have fun with it.


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docteurseb

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For some other choice and you said more bling. Silver etched birds tastefully enhances any board and PRS. Really going outside the box, how about gold hardware and slugs and 14k etched gold birds. Now w your blue you would have something very special.
FYI - Etched birds alone will increase the build price by 10-15%, even more so once you go gold.
They look great, once you look (very) up-close, but one of the worst visual impact / dollar ratio.

In contrast, all the other bird inlay options, save possibly for synthetic Opal, are part of the base cost.
 
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