The Harem (Take 3)

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    Take 2 of my harem thread came crashing down with PhotoBucket. Here is take 3 with the help of my new photo host (SmugMug). 3rd time's the charm?

    If you don't have a harem thread of your own, clean off the couch and break out the camera. It's good for you and it's good for those of us who love looking at guitar porn. Based on discussions with my insurance provider - and with PfennRock (AKA "11top") - maintaining clear photos with date/time stamps (especially on a server you don't control) is a great way to help establish proof of ownership should there be any shenanigans.

    Without further ado...

    '86 Custom with Birds.

    Very early "10" top (bridge pickup cavity). Stamped T & B pickups. Deely Star (neck pickup cavity). Vintage Yellow. Dark Brazilian Rosewood fretboard. Blue-lined case. 100% original.

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    1986 "PRS Guitar" in Magenta Pearl

    My friend and fellow forum member (Russ) once gave me a copy of Guitar Trader from 1983. I was floored by the price of vintage guitars; like '59 bursts selling for $7,500-$10,000. So I started thinking about buying a guitar that was relatively affordable today but likely to appreciate and giving it to my daughter. Around that time, I heard a story about Howard Leese buying a Bonni Pink PRS guitar for his daughter (also named Bonni) and tossing it under a bed until she was grown and old enough to appreciate it. I decided to do it as well.

    Around that time, a friend of mine put this beauty on the block. 100% original. I grabbed it and gave it to my daughter on her 1st birthday.

    Interesting side notes: This is the Magenta Pearl guitar that was used in Dave Burluck's PRS book. Paul told me the color was created to match a color his wife (at the time) painted her fingernails. Gotta love the 80's.

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    1987 PRS "Standard" with Birds (Fire Red)

    Ask any guitar player and he/she will tell you about the guitar they should never have sold. Such is the case with this beauty. I originally bought it from George (Dancing Frog) who -- if I remember correctly -- bought it new from Brian Meader when he was with Chuck Levins Washington Music Center. Anyway, I sold it, regretted it, and bought it back. I believe it changed hands while it was away but came home in wonderful condition.

    In my opinion, THIS is the guitar that defines the early PRS sound. It's all mahogany with a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard, standard neck carve, and 2nd generation "T" pup (with slugs in the B and high-E position). It's got a cool vintage vibe now that the finish has sunken into the wood grain. This guitar just slays through a Plexi.

    One day I hope to find an unmolested '85 or '86 in Fire Red (with birds).

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    1988 Signature #217

    Super clean. Standard neck carve. No mods whatsoever. It even still has the license-plate case (which is a first for me). No signs of fading so I'm guessing it never saw daylight until I took these photos.

    As you may know, Vintage Yellow is a funny color and it varies quite a bit from guitar to guitar. I find this one to be a slightly darker hue than usual. It's almost Amber or even Santana Yellow. I pulled the bridge pickup to be sure it was VY. I got a nice surprise in the process; this has a 2nd generation stamped T pickup; which I prefer (tonally).

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    1990 PRS "Standard" with Moons (Fire Red)

    This one is my modern classic. It has Zebra Squabbin HFS/Vintage Bass pickups and unplaced brass contact points on the saddles. It is a player, for sure.

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    1990 Limited Edition #119/300'ish

    I once bought Limited Edition #300/300. Shortly thereafter I was contacted by the guy who has the other #300/300. He was pissed. I was pissed. There was only one thing to do... sell him mine so he could have the matched set. Before my 300/300 left the house, I bought this one to replace it.

    Most PRS guys already know this but the LE (often called "Sig Limited" due to the signed headstock) was the first truly limited edition PRS. The original Signature series was never intended to be limited. PRS just stopped making them when they hit 100o'ish (yes, ish). I can't recall where I heard or read this but too many guitars were sitting around waiting for Paul (who was on the road busting his ass to grow the business) to sign them.

    All Limited Editions were semi-hollow. Most had a 2-piece stoptail bridge (another first for PRS). A few, like 'the other 300/300' had a tremolo. Some had figured cedar tops. Some had figured redwood tops. Some, like this one, had maple tops. They all have Brazilian Rosewood fretboards. But what makes these guitars truly special, in my opinion, is the Vintage Bass Limited Edition pickups that are found in both the bridge and treble position. They sound awesome. These are killer guitars but you don't hear much about them because most people get one and immediately hide it under the bed.

    Every once in a while I see a guitar that was supposed to be an LE but got kicked down the line because it wasn't up to the aesthetic standard. If you ever find one, pull out the pickups and see if you hit the jackpot.

    My LE has a standard neck carve and a Vintage Sunburst finish. This was the era I like most when it comes to PRS burst finishes. Look how smooth and gradual that fade is.

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    1993 PRS EG-3 (with Gold Hardware)

    100% original. Started in '93 and completed in '94; so it has a 2-piece tremolo bridge. Has gold hardware and a flamed maple neck. White Pearl finish. Pearloid guards. This is a rare guitar, indeed.

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    1994 CE24 "Bud Davis" Metal

    This story begins with a guitar that was discovered on a guitar forum -- but there is a twist. It wasn't exactly a guitar. Around May of 2010, a forum member posted an alder CE24 body (no neck) for sale. It was black with natural (scraped) binding. It was beaten and stripped of all its parts. But it was legit and I wanted it.

    My original plan was to paint it myself and build it up using genuine PRS parts that I had accumulated through the years. After spending a little time thinking through ideas for a paint job, it dawned on me that my original plan (to do a US flag motif) wouldn't be nearly as cool as a Metal Model pinstripe. Then I got an even better idea... find Bud Davis and ask him to paint it.

    Bud was well known for creating the original "Metal Model" paint jobs. Metal models were produced in exceptionally low quantities from the pre-factory (Magnificent 6 / NAMM 20) era through 1991.

    Around 2008, Bud was commissioned to paint 10 (if memory serves) Private Stock guitars in the original Metal motif. I believe that one of them was remade or refinished so I'm not sure if the count should be 11 or not. Anyway, they are all pretty neat.

    It took a while but I found Bud in Elizabethan, Tennessee, and called him. After a little consideration, he agreed to paint the guitar for me so I plugged the tone-pot hole with wood, drilled it for a sweet switch, sanded the body clean (Shawn says I did a terrible job), and mailed it away. When Bud received the guitar, he called and told me that I had sanded the sealant off the wood and that he needed me to prep it properly before he could work his magic. In a panic, I called the only man who could salvage the project... Shawn Nuthall. Bud shipped the body to the factory where it was properly prepped for paint and sent back to Bud.

    I gave Bud total creative freedom with one request. I wanted him to base it loosely off the black and flamed '86 Metal model that was owned (at the time) by Markie. After Bud was done, he sent the painted body, which I still hadn't seen, back to the factory. At that point, PRS sprayed clear-coat over the custom paint, color-sanded it, and buffed it to a brilliant shine.

    It was assembled with a neck given to me by Mike Hansen, 1-piece Mann tremolo, \m/ pickups, and 1980-spec gold saddles. The sweet switch is actually a 3-way toggle. Vintage vibe - modern ride.

    RIP Bud.

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    Here it is with it's inspiration (an original '86 Metal Model in the middle) and another Bud Davis creation made for Markie (on the right).

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    1997 PRS Artist 3 #202

    I pried this one from Mintzer a while back. It went to live with Markie for a year or two but it's home now. It is semi-hollow and has McCarty pickups and switching (factory).

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    1997 EVH Prototype (1 of 2 made)

    Like many PRS players, I saw a photo of this guitar many years ago. When it was hand-carved by Joe Knaggs (or so he told me), in 1997, Eddie was several years into his relationship with Peavey. While it's clear that he never played this PRS in any public way (so far as my research has uncovered) it illustrates the lengths PRS went through to try and bring him on board. So it may not be a significant part of Eddie's history but it's certainly a part of PRS history. In the end, it could be just another Lanahan Special (that's another story).

    This EVH proto has a Swamp Ash body. The other EVH proto, wherever it is, has an Alder body. If it ever hits the market, please let me know. I'd really like try and reunite the pair.

    For the record, I painted the case, the ebony tuner buttons, and replaced the black volume knob with the cream-colored 'Tone' knob. The guitar was cool but it needed some details fixed, IMO. I also had the signature buffed off while it was at the factory. Without some proof that it was signed by Eddie, it had to go.

    Specs:
    - 25.5" scale length
    - Custom-carved, bolt-on, flame maple neck & fretboard (check out the rounded corners at the 22nd fret)
    - 1-piece Swamp Ash Body with deep "Dragon Carve" top that was hand-carved by Joe Knaggs
    - Peavey-license FR Tremolo with D-Tuna (left the factory with a Floyd, came back with the Peavey)
    - Very unusual (and thick) neck heel
    - EVH-style pickup cavity with hard-mounted, custom-wound, McCarty humbucker (8.8k, Alnico II)
    - No neck pickup, no tone pot, & no pickup selector switch
    - Relocated output jack (moved down a few inches to the bottom of the body)
    - 12" fretboard radius

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    It is my understanding that it left the factory with a 'real' Floyd and returned from Eddie with a Peavey Floyd. if you have straight dope, send me a PM.
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    1997 Rosewood Limited #71/100

    One of my all-time favorite PRS Guitars is the Rosewood Limited (RL).

    This model is the result of two great ideas from Paul and Ms. Bonni Lloyd (of Bonni Pink fame). RL's are adorned with a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard and the original Tree of Life inlay (not to be confused with the Tree of Life model introduced in 2011).

    The RL inlay was designed by Pearl Works and constructed of mammoth ivory, brown lip mother of pearl, abalone, mother of pearl, paua, coral, and gold. In addition, the inlay was etched, adding a tremendous amount of detail to the overall aesthetic.

    Some were semi-hollow and a few even had a tremolo but I've only seen one.

    While admiring the detail on the fretboard, many people fail to flip them over to see one of the things that makes them truly special. They were the 1st production PRS (100 guitars) to feature a solid Indian Rosewood neck. You may also notice that the neck is finished, another somewhat unusual feature. Interesting side note... there are a few guitars from this era that have McCarty pups with rounded corners like the old Gibsons.

    While the Rosewood Limited is an exceptionally beautiful guitar, the combination of wood, McCarty-thick mahogany body, and flawless construction makes for one of the best sounding guitars to come from the factory in the late-'90's. If you think about it, the Modern Eagle (especially the ME2) can find its roots right here.

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    1998 Archtop II (King Louie)

    I love this guitar so much. It was first posted by a Birds and Moons member who needed some idea what the guitar was worth. I sure wish I could remember his name. I think it was something like Carlisle or Carmichael. Such a nice guy -- and all he wanted was some help posting his guitar for sale.

    I had him email his photos to me and I posted them up in the sale section for $3,500. Now you have to remember, this was in 2007 and desirable PRS guitars (like a quilted, 1st year, Archtop) were selling for big money. After a week or so, he bumped his thread and some classless assh0le started beating him up on price because the case was jacked-up (or something along those lines). Back in the day, there was a simple rule in sale threads... buy it or move on. Crapping on some guy's sale thread was not tolerated but BaM could be ruthless that way. Truth be told, we were all looking for the next deal and a newbie with a guitar for sale was like dumping blood in a swarm of hungry sharks. BTW... I was just as guilty as the next guy and totally accept my share of blame for that.

    Heartbreakingly, the seller had just buried his wife and was raising his young children as a single father. I seem to recall he and his late wife were in the middle of a kitchen remodel and he needed to get it finished. Whatever the specifics, I liked the guitar enough that I just went ahead and bought it from him. After I paid we were talking on the phone and he said "hey man, I've got some old PRS pickups that I'll just toss in the case". When he told me that one was a stamped "B" and one was a "Deep Dish 2" I told him that they were both worth good money and that he should sell them. He would't hear of it. He wanted me to have them but asked that I help him find a great PRS when he was finally ready to get another one. Of course, I agreed. I look forward to the day I can fulfill my end of that bargain. Who knows... Maybe he will see this thread. It would be nice to talk to him again.

    The guitar, itself, is single-handedly responsible for bringing my tone search to an end. I had been through so many guitars by the time this one showed up. I want to say at least 40 had passed through my house by the time I got this one. And when I plugged it into a Bad Cat Trem Cat 30, I heard angels singing. Eureka!

    For me: Low output humbucker + EL84/EF86 amp = Heaven. As I get older, that humbucker gets narrower and narrower -- but not I'm not quite pining for a the singlecoil sound. I'm close, it's true, but the narrow 408's and NF pickups are currently scratching the itch.

    At one point I sent this guitar to PRS for some new pickups. I sold the McCarty pups that were in it to Phretboard. Len Johnson said this was the first hollow body to get 57/08's and that it sounded like his old Byrdland. After a few years, I bought those pickups back from Phretboard and restored it to it's original configuration.

    Today, it rests in a suede Private Stock case; a home worthy of a royal Orangutan. If you look at the top, below the bridge, you will see my old friend King Louie (of Jungle Book fame) hanging from the f-holes (Shawn named him). Louie is always there to greet me. And his original owner's story is always there too -- reminding me that every day is a gift. One life.

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    1999 PRS Goldtop McCarty (Brazilian Rosewood neck/fretboard)

    This is the Mother of Brazilians; one of roughly 30 guitars stolen and sold by the late Jeff Lanahan, a former PRS employee. This guitar is probably in the top 3 best-sounding guitars I own. It was originally built at the behest of Jeff when he was the Manager of Artist Relations for PRS Guitars. The guitar was slated to be given to a professional guitar player (for promotional interests) but took an alternate course somewhere along the way. Flash forward to December of 2003, the guitar was listed on eBay (Item #2368271511) by Micheal D. Green (eBay ID: xochytl). Two of the fellas from the old Birds and Moons forum (Bruce O'Donnell and Glenn Braddy) were suspicious of the guitar -- so they started investigating.

    The eBay seller, Michael Green, originally claimed that he took the guitar in on trade from a guy named “Duncan” (supposedly from Dallas). Green claimed that he traded Duncan a 1988 PRS mixed EG3/Custom employee model for it. Green ended up having a run-in (around 2004 or 2005) with PRS, the PRS Artist Relations Department, and the Feds. It turns out that many of the guitars Green was selling on eBay (to include this Brazilian Rosewood Gold Top McCarty) were stolen from the PRS factory and were coming from the hands of Lanahan. News articles published after the eventual lawsuit between PRS and Lanahan report that Green claimed to be “unaware” the guitars were stolen but that he was “always a little suspicious.”

    The first source for concern was the seller’s claim that the neck was Brazilian Rosewood – despite a MODCAT code that suggests the neck is actually East Indian Rosewood. While the color and texture of the neck are clearly Brazilian, it is still a red flag. Discussions with PRS factory suggested that MODCAT system was very young when this guitar was built -- a possible reason for the discrepancy. More likely, however, was Lanahan's need make sure the guitar didn’t get any attention on the internal paper-trail. The second source for concern was the fact that this guitar pre-dates the limited run of solid Brazilian Rosewood neck McCarty guitars (250 signed and numbered) which are known, formally, as the “Brazilian Rosewood McCarty” model -- not to be confused with the Brazilian Limited Edition McCarty which only had a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard.

    The bridge pickup cavity and original hang tag displays the word “Brazilian”. But, as previously mentioned, this instrument pre-dates the limited run of 250 Brazilian neck McCarty guitars. Upon closer inspection, there is little doubt that the coal-black lumber used for the neck of this guitar is Brazilian Rosewood but there has been no lab analysis of samples taken from the guitar. Assuming we're right, the build date makes this one of the oldest production PRS guitars with a Brazilian Rosewood neck. The only production Brazilian-neck McCarty that I've found that pre-dates this one was made for Howard Leese. Howard's guitar is serial number 9_42,3XX. The MOB is 9_ 43,156. Howard's guitar now belongs to Steve PfennRock Pfenninger (AKA 11top).

    Braddy and O'Donnell attempted to get some verification via PRS and coordinated with Jim Cullen (former PRS Customer Relations Manager) who said the following to O’Donnell in an email:

    Bruce,

    The serial number would be helpful, also the MODCAT system was fairly new at the time and it does show a Brazilian for the fretboard so... It is difficult to say. Please get us the serial number and we will do what we can to assist you.


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    After the serial number was given to Cullen, directly by Green, Cullen replied with the following:

    Michael,

    I am sorry; our database prior to early 1999 is currently out of service indefinitely; if you would like more information, please email detailed photos of the guitar. I will do my best after receiving photos as well.
    Best Regards,

    Jim Cullen
    Customer Relations


    There is no more info from Cullen after this last email. As I write this, I cannot help but wonder if it was Lanahan (in an attempt to cover his tracks) who corrupted or deleted the original PRS database. Not knowing anything about the death of the PRS database, this is purely my own opinion.

    Here is one of the news articles that was published when Lanahan was busted.

    “Men sentenced in guitar-theft scheme” Sep 2, 2006 5:00 AM by Megan McIlroy
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    Anne Arundel County (Map, News) - Two men who pleaded guilty to stealing guitars made by famed guitar maker Paul Reed Smith were ordered to pay restitution in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Friday. Jeffrey Lanahan, 44, of Annapolis, and Michael Kelly, 42, of Arnold, pleaded guilty in June to a theft scheme in which they took guitars made for bands like Third Eye Blind, Incubus and Train and arranged for them to be sold on eBay. “We wrote off $250,000 worth of guitars,” Smith said in court Friday, “Everybody felt kind of betrayed.” Lanahan worked for Smith in Stevensville for nine years. Before he resigned in September 2004, he worked as the director of artists’ relations, promoting guitars to recording artists. He was one of the few people at Paul Reed Smith Guitars who had access to the one-of-a-kind guitars, charging documents said. Smith eventually discovered one of his stolen guitars — one of only 11 — on eBay, charging documents said. The guitar was connected back to a friend of Lanahan’s and Kelly’s.

    The friend, Michael Green, told police that he had sold about 20 Paul Reed Smith guitars on eBay. He also said that Kelly had given him about 10 more guitars to sell. The guitars, valued at thousands of dollars, were often marketed as guitars used by recording artists like Nickelback, Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Dunty said. Investigators were able to trace back approximately $40,000 worth of guitars back to Lanahan and Kelly, and they recovered guitars worth about $19,000, Dunty said. Lanahan was sentenced to three months of house arrest, five years probation, community service and was ordered to pay Smith about $21,000. Kelly was sentenced to three years probation, community service and was ordered to pay Smith $5,000.


    Glenn Brady won the eBay auction mentioned above. David (Cyclops) bought the guitar from a dealer in South Florida. The dealer had bought it from Glenn at the Orlando Guitar show. David said that he fell in love with it and put in on hold for almost a year. When David got it home, he posted his NGD on Birds and Moons. At that point, Glenn sent him the back story.

    David says that almost the same day that he brought it home, the trial started. He emailed PRS and asked them if they needed it for evidence. Fortunately, the next day, the court found Lanahan guilty and he agreed to pay for all the guitars. David said that he received a really nice note from PRS basically stating that the guitar was, at that point, 'legit'.

    Many of the details in the original post were compiled by its two previous owners (David and Glenn).

    BTW, Glenn is the one who made the custom truss rod cover. I believe that David (Cyclops) put the gold knobs on it. I put the early non-engraved 57/08's and Paul's Guitar briefer (not shown) on it.

    Jeff Lanahan passed away in 2017.

    Baltimore Sun (9 May 2017)
    Annapolis homeless man dies on the street at 55
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    "A former guitar maker living on the street was found dead on a West Street bench Monday in Annapolis", city police said. Officers responded to a call of a person in cardiac arrest and bleeding around 5:30 p.m. Monday and found Jeffrey Lanahan on a bench in the first block of West Street, police said.

    Annapolis Fire Department paramedics performed CPR and pronounced him dead once was he was placed in an ambulance. Police found no signs of foul play and the Chief Medical Examiner Office was notified. Officers knew Lanahan and said he had a history of homelessness, said Cpl. Amy Miguez, police spokesman. She added that officers saw Lanahan earlier in the day on Main Street and were "shocked" to learn of his death.

    At one point, Lanahan spent almost a decade making, promoting and delivering guitars for Paul Reed Smith Guitars in Stevensville. But in 2006, he pleaded guilty to stealing about a dozen guitars from his employer in 2006 that were made for bands Third Eye Blind, The Dead and Incubus. Since then, he had several run-ins with the law. Lanahan was charged with second-degree assault in January and had a trial date set for late June."

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    1999 Brazilian Rosewood McCarty Soapbar (#177/250)

    Most PRS guys fall into one of two camps: (1) The 24-fret guys or (2) the McCarty guys. I'm squarely in the later and the BRW McCarty is my favorite model. I've had 4 or 5 of these through the years but this one is a keeper. It is estimated that about 12 of the Brazilian Neck McCartys had P90's but I've only seen 3.

    I hassled Mintzer for months before he agreed to part with this one. It is simple, understated, the 1-piece top is special without being flashy, the burst is totally on point, and the guitar, as a complete package, is remarkably resonant. More so, in fact, than any of the others I've owned from the limited run. I added a Paul's Guitar bridge last year (not shown).

    As the story goes, this model was made with old-growth Brazilian Rosewood that Paul got from Martin Guitars (when they stopped using it for fretboards). Most guys I know replaced their McCarty pups with RP's or 57/08's with great results. This one has original P90's. They sound great so no need to fool with it.

    For reasons I will never understand, Brazilian Rosewood McCartys frequently sell for less than original and NOS Modern Eagles. Players in-the-know have a BRW McCarty.

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    2002 Archtop Artist #3

    Scammers love to post this special guitar for sale on the interwebs. I've seen this three separate occasions on eBay. It's an Archtop Artist Prototype that features a Brazilian Rosewood Neck/fretboard, quilted maple top/back (Tiger Eye), and the first prototype for the adjustable 12-string bridge. This is a remarkable 12-string.

    It haunted me for years after it hit the streets for $27,000. I regretted not buying it but couldn't justify the price and figured it would find it's way to a long-term owner. Surprisingly, It changed hands at least 2 times in the 2 years followed; coming down in price each time. In the end, with the help of my brother Markie, it was pulled from the wild and came to live with me. That's where it will stay until I'm worm-food.

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    If you have some time, check out the videos of Rick Hogue (GP Guitars) interviewing Joe Johnson, co-owner of Excel machine in Baltimore. This guitar was made for Joe Johnson by Joe Knaggs - in trade for parts he and his partner (Randy) made for PRS Guitars. If you jump to 6:30 in this video, Joe talks about this guitar and the bridge.



    Here's a tone sample from Garret Park Guitars; when it first hit the streets.

     
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    2004 PRS Artist Relations, 22-fret, 1-off

    For the longest time I thought it was made for the owner of Big Bat's (across the way from the factory) but then I came across paperwork saying that it was made for the owner of a landmark restaurant on the eastern shore called Holly's (which is now closed). But recent info reveals that neither of these things are true. This guitar was made by the Artist Relations program (Lanahan era) for Ed Robertson (presumably from the Barenaked Ladies).

    I first saw this when it was for sale at GP Guitars and just went all guitarded over it. Markie bought it and I guess he just got tired (as so many do) of hearing me whine like a little b!tch until he sold it to me. Thanks Markie!

    It's not a Private Stock but just about everything about this guitar is custom and the workmanship is epic. It is semi-hollow with an extra think body (even more so than the usual semi-hollow PRS), 2-piece bridge, #8 pickups, dark Brazilian Rosewood fretboard, purfling on the neck and headstock, and a killer maple top in some sort of faded charcoal-violet. The neck is fat like a '59 Les Paul and the Kluson tuners finish off the vintage vibe. It sounds fantastic.

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    2006 PRS Private Stock McCarty #1087

    Another one pried from Markie. Had to have it. Brazilian Rosewood neck/fretboard. Gold and Mammoth Ivory 20th anniversary Inlay. 20th Anniversary banner on headstock.

    I'll get better shots of this beauty one day. For now, it sits in a vault back in the US with most of these guitars.

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    2006 PRS "Tremonti Tribal" #96/100

    Unique and one-off production guitars really get my attention. PRS kind of lost me with all the limited edition runs but this model, like the 1980 West Street LTD, the Walnut LTD, and the Thinline SC-J, just stood out from the rest.

    This is a huge guitar. It's easily as thick as a Les Paul. Thicker? I'll measure some time. The neck is positively gargantuan. I wanna say that this is a Santana neck carve but it could be my mind playing tricks on me because this bad-mamma-jamma H-E-A-V-Y. That is no joke, people. It must weigh, and I'm guessing (because I only have a bathroom scale) it weighs somewhere around 500 pounds. I mean, come on... I am all about heavy guitars when you want to conjure the beast but this guitar is the next best thing to an actual battle axe. But don't take that as a complaint. When this guitar is hanging around my neck, that heft feels right.

    Another thing that I didn't realize about the Tremonti Tribal is the pearl in the finish. I had always assumed, in err, that they were just black guitars with a white graphic. Not so. There is a distinct white pearl in the finish that looks very much like the white pearl finish that PRS used way back in the day. It really pops when the light hits it just so.

    The volume knob for the neck pup is forward and the volume knob for the bridge pup is back. I have to say, it's ideal. I don't accidentally hit the volume knob and turn it down when I'm being a goof-ball, leaning way back, pretending I'm a rock-star. Judge me all you want. The pups are super hot on this guitar. I loaded it with 11's and dropped it 1/2 step.

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    What a killer collection and thread. I love the museum narration to go along with each example!

    Like any good documentary, some good stories, but some tragic ones as well. Truth really is stranger than fiction!
     
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    2007 PRS "1980 West Street Limited" (AKA Westy)

    I have been told the first 3 Westys were made by Private Stock. The first one was kept in Paul's Archive for a few years but was sold about a year ago. This guitar has the very next serial number so I assume it's #2.

    [By the way, I started calling these 'Westy's' when they first hit the streets after my trusty old VW Wesphalia; which are frequently called Westy's by owners/enthusiasts. It just seemed to fit, which is probably why it stuck.]

    For me, there's a lot of cool stuff going on with the 'littlest Dragon' that makes it stand out. The inlay (obviously) -- the deep 'Dragon' carve on the top -- the thicker body -- the figured Sapele top which gives it that vintage all-mahogany recipe while maintaining the blingy vibe that modern PRS guitars are known for -- the hidden fret tangs on a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard -- it's just a way cool guitar.

    As a reissue, there was something about the Westy that always bothered me. While I really enjoyed the unplated brass bridge, they didn't look like the Mann-Made bridges that were used in 1980. On the original bridge from that time, the sides that hold the saddles were milled back. Also, the holes (where the strings pass through the saddle) are much larger than what is used today. So one day, while I was jaw-jacking with John, he said he would make a vintage-spec bridge with proper saddles for me. In the interest of tone, it was decided they would be 1-piece bridges (the very early bridges were actually 2-pieces).

    There were 7 bridges in that initial run and John has made a couple more for fans since then (but not many). Not all were installed in guitars so if you ever find one for sale, grab it. They are the ideal upgrade for Westys and Howard Leese Private Stocks if you want them to look a little more accurate.

    This particular guitar is slated for one more tweek. When John gets around to building it, we're going to drop an unplated brass 1980-spec bridge plate with a tungsten block. Tungsten has double the density of brass. I am hoping the extra weight will restore some balance (you may notice the extended strap button on the upper horn). This guitar has a FAT neck which is heavy. That's why I swapped out the metal tuner buttons for ebony and extended the strap button on the upper horn by 1/4" - which helped. It's not bad - certainly nothing like a Les Paul Junior - but I want to be able to let go of the instrument without the neck diving. Its pretty close right now but the Tungsten block should be an elegant way to resolve the issue for good.

    Oh yeah... this one also has a suede PS case, zebra 59/09's (which I added), and a push/pull tone pot for single-coil action. It was my #1 for a while. If the tungsten block does the trick, it might end up back in regular rotation.

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