The "Official Silver Sky" Thread

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by [email protected], Mar 5, 2018.

  1. horax

    horax New Member

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    Played one today and I have to admit...was underwhelmed. Don’t know why, but I was.

    pickups are nice but very similar to others I’ve played. Don’t know what I expected, but it is very much just a PRS version of a strat. A very nice one, though!
     
  2. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Bold my emphasis.

    Well, since JM was looking to re-create all of the elements of his favorite strats in one guitar, with slightly less ice-picky bridge pup, your impression is accurate to their intentions. It isn't meant to sound like anything but a strat - just a well made, JM-spec, specific version., I suppose.
     
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  3. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    @horax Glad you took the time to try one! A lot of people have commented that never went that far, so you're way ahead of the curve. I do agree with @shinksma that many are seemingly looking for it to be something different from a really good, old Strat. I think you nailed it in saying it is a PRS version (meaning a very well made guitar with great setup and playability) of a Strat (a great guitar design, but one that can vary pretty wildly from year to year and sometimes even guitar to guitar). It is exactly that. As far as I know, that was the intention.

    I have a SS, a 2018 model, and it sounds like a great Strat... which is to say a lot better than several real Strats I had, so they've all been sold, save a Gilmour version Black Strat I built from a 90s Strat Plus that has a unique sound and was worth keeping. I don't really view it as replacing my Strats with a PRS as much as replacing some mediocre to good Strats with one great one. It just happens to not have come from Fender is all. So in that sense I totally agree with your assessment, except the underwhelming part. I was looking for a very playable Strat with great sound. Got it, in spades!

    Now, if I can just get Paul to release a PRS version of a really great Telecaster, I'll be all set.
     
  4. horax

    horax New Member

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    I guess the biggest disappointment was the pickups.
    Were they good? Yes! Were they great? Maybe.

    THey sounded EXACTLY like my Fender Pure Vintage 64 strat pickups that I put in a 60's classic vibe.
    Yeah...a Squier. The PRS played better, but the tones were identical to my ears.

    C'est la vie...live and learn. I'll probably pass and save 2500.00 though.
     
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  5. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    Oh yeah, in that case I would too! Nothing's right for everyone. No harm in looking! Sounds like you already have what you need, and in the end that's what we all want to find.
     
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  6. Meteoroz

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    I struck the same issue and used a dremel to trim down the offending plastic on the WL20 - only needs a tiny bit removed and it fits like a boss.
    Same thing with the strap lock fittings - one of the PRS wood screws was a billimetre too wide to fit into the fitting, so out came the dremel and job done again.
     
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  7. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    I'm not sure how many mid-60's strats I've played, but the Silver Sky pickups sound extraordinary to me, after owning a few strats and playing many. As a player, I like my Robert Cray as much and like a well set-up Clapton strat even more, but the quality of all three SS pickups at any volume / tone setting is what put it over the top for me. I never expected it to be anything but a strat, just a very very very good one with the PRS quality control making it easy to just pick one up online or wherever and know you're gonna get a great one. If it WASN'T fundamentally just a great strat, I wouldn't have been interested - I'm a strat guy, and ONLY a strat guy these days.

    And if, like you, I didn't like it MORE than what I already had, I wouldn't have either. Enjoy what you have - sounds like a winner. Then again, I really like almost every strat I've played - it's just a matter of degree...

    -Ray
     
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  8. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    Here is my take for what it worth.
    If you already have a killer Strat , Clapton , Meyer ,Beck , Johnson , Cray, Custom built Parts caster that you love beyond all others the Silver Sky may not " blow you away "
    If you like me had moved on from the endless chase of the prefect Strat, got tired of modding , or saying 3 of the 5 positions sound good, and / or don't have 20K + to spend on a 50-60s Strat that may or may not sound as good. Then try out the Sliver Sky, Its the best SSS guitar I have ever owned or played and why I have 2 of them.
     
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  9. Shawn@PRS

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    Nebula Silver Sky!

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  10. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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  12. RallyFanatic

    RallyFanatic Perpetual musical mid-life crisis

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    Rub it in...

    My thought process going forward - have my credit card at the ready starting a few days before any NAMM show, missed this by a day. Oh well, Golden Mesa was a nice consolation prize!
     
  13. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Well...only at the dealer level...so you can still hope.
     
  14. WA Paul

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

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    I’ll wait for the all maple neck version :D
     
  15. Herr Squid

    Herr Squid I was severely impressed

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    DougUSMC Perpetual Practicer

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    That middle one looks like it has a scratch on it. I'll just drive on over the bridge and take it off your hands...
     
  17. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Sweet!

    So are the maple neck (non-Nebula) variants getting slammed out as planned, expecting to hit dealers "soon"? Really looking forward to my Midnight Rose Maple FB Silver Sky.
     
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  18. Shawn@PRS

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    With our current backorder, no one particular model or option is flooding out of the factory, but some of the maple board Silver Sky models are starting to near completion
     
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  19. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Well, I can only hope one or more of them are destined for my dealer, and one of those is the color I selected!
     
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  20. WEDGE

    WEDGE Zombie five, DFZ

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    I am hoping some maple board silver sky’s are setting on dealer tables come May.....A midnight rose one needs to come home with me I think, unless they want to do a maple board shell pink one.......
     
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