Vela Petition ;)

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Luca Cossu, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. rugerpc

    rugerpc A♥ hoards guitars ♥A Soldier 25, DFZ
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    Ass Kazz says, PRS does respond to market demand. If they get enough calls for satin finishes from customers through dealers, they'll make 'em.

    I think it would be a mistake to expect a big reduction in price for a satin finish, however. Just as much labor goes into a great satin finish as a gloss.
     
  2. kawaivpc1

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    S2 Standard Satin for xxx is already a bargain for many of us.
    I'm sure other people are pleased with that price tag.
    As long as upcoming satin S2 guitars are priced the same, I'm buying them all.
     
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  3. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    I wouldn't call the S2 satin finish great though. At least not like the ME, for example. They skip a step by not filling the grain, which in turn also means less sanding time, because you don't have to worry about a perfectly smooth finish. It's definitely a cheaper, faster process.

    Definitely not knocking it at all. Doing it that way has its own advantages, one of them being the reduced cost.

    I could imagine a Vela with a Bigsby and satin finish. Wouldn't hold my breath on 24 frets or a PRS vibrato, but who knows.
     
  4. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    Well, ya know, this isn't exactly Burger King.....

    But, become a successful and popular musician and PRS just might make you whatever you want...
     
  5. rugerpc

    rugerpc A♥ hoards guitars ♥A Soldier 25, DFZ
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    Are you sure they skip the grain filling? that's kind of important in a long- lasting finish...

    I would have thought that they used much the same finish materials and really only did less buffing.

    I'm not being pedantic, I really don't know and am curious.
     
  6. Geo408

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    Just a thought: it's possible to put a gotoh, or wilkinson style steel block trem in a vela but you would have to increase the back thickness by about 1/4" or so. Keep it at 22 frets, use a satin finish to keep costs down, or equal to what it is now. I haven't done exact measurements, but I will start the process over the next week. Also, one other cost savings measure would be to eliminate the tremolo cover. I realize that it would entail changing the cad/cam settings, but once that was done, it would be fairly easy. I think they would sell like hot cakes, based on the response by this forum, and by my own limited research. At the very least, I think it's worth a look.... Just my 2 cents! I love my vela, but these changes would make it a killer guitar!
     
  7. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Nah, grain filler is only needed if you want to get a totally smooth surface on open grain woods. Oak kitchen cabinets are a good example of unfilled; you can see and feel the texture of the grain. Same deal with the mahogany on the S2 Satin (and the previous mid-00's Standard Satins) and the Gibson faded series. Swamp ash looks especially cool unfilled.
     

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