YOUR FAVORITE PRS MODEL. IF YOU CAN OWN ONE AND ONLY???

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by SkyHigh, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Alan Manning

    Alan Manning Well Love a Duck Mary Poppins.!!!

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    A McCarty for me and the wheels are in motion with one or two upgrades Wood Library for me.
     
  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Before ordering PS, you really owe it to yourself to go somewhere they have a good selection of PRS and play a bunch. This, even if you have to travel; after all, the cost of travel is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of the guitar. Right now you have no base of comparison, and you're utterly shooting in the dark.

    As an example, the 594 scale length sounds different from the 25" scale length, and its bridge produces a different tone from the McCarty and Violin, too.

    The "PRS sound" the company is most known for is its mahogany back, maple top, mahogany set-neck, RW fretboard, humbucker guitar. This starting point gives a balanced sound, with good sparkle in the high end, and nice definition in the mids and bass.

    Substitute a maple neck for the mahogany, and you tilt the frequency balance toward the high end, change the characteristics of which frequencies sustain, and scoop the mids. Use rosewood for the neck, and you tilt the frequency balance toward the lower midrange, change the characteristics of the sustain in that direction, etc, so the impression is added warmth and punch. The guitar is usually heavier, too.

    The shorter scale length on the 594 focuses the mids a bit, and the 2 piece bridge tends to add a more vintage, woody, tone.

    Whether any of these is the right choice for you is impossible to say, since you have no experience with any of the Core models to have an idea as to what you'd like to change about them. My own experience has been that PRS electric guitars sound more like what I want to hear with a mahogany neck (yes, I've had a McCarty with maple/Braz and two with RW/RW). But that's a personal thing; I go for a vintage 'bucker type of sound, grew up in the 60s with Gibsons, etc. The further I get from that kind of tone, the less the guitar does for me, so all 3 of my PS have 'hog necks. YMMV
     
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  3. Stephen Rudnick

    Stephen Rudnick New Member

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    Thank you Les! I believe you have answered the questions I need answered! :) I am looking for a well balanced sounding guitar which can play any style acceptably. I, as well, grew up on Gibsons in the 50's and 60's, and my ear naturally wants to hear that. I also prefer low wound pickups that are not at all muddy, and on which the bridge pickup sounds like a tele on steroids.

    That is the sound I heard on a 59 burst I played at The Guitar Trader years ago. I had played over 150 bursts and that one sounded the very best of any of them by a long shot.

    The one option I am thinking about strongly is a graphite model neck truss rod, as my Vigier has them and my carbon fiber XOX Handles have them. No dead spots, lots of natural sustain, and no worries about weather affecting the guitar. My string gauge is .007-.032, due to left forearm nerve loss, and the graphite truss rod really helps the guitar sound fatter then the string gauge would normally allow for.
     
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  4. Huggy B

    Huggy B Space is the place

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    Wow, I didn't even know they made that light a gauge set, but I can identify with that. I put pieces of sticky back sandpaper on my picks for better grip due to nerve issues on my right, we do what we can to keep making music.
    I always preach the benefits of acupuncture and (pestered Les about it before his surgery), he had to go another route but it's the only thing that helped me keep playing. If you have the opportunity, give it a shot, may help.
    Good luck.
     
  5. clcwarlock

    clcwarlock New Member

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    My favorite model is the Custom 24. It is the one guitar that I cant do without. It has just enough of everything I need.
     
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  6. drdoom8793

    drdoom8793 THAT guy at Chick-fil-A

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    It would probably be either a P22 or P24 Semi-hollow.
     
  7. Basauri

    Basauri Diamonds x Guitars deal with Paul

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    I LOVE singlecuts and SCs are gorgeous, but if I can pick only one... McCarty is PRS in its pure essence for me.
     
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  8. markintime

    markintime Wood Grain Devotee

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    I have to vote for my Paul's Guitar over all the others. With a IRW/BRW neck and all 'Hog body, it feels great and gives me the best 'character' and versatility in switching humbuckers to single coils. And it can growl through my setup.
     
  9. RonnieD

    RonnieD New Member

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    For myself, if it has to be "my one and only", it's hands down my DGT gold top (and I own 2 Private Stocks, a DGT and a DC 245!). It's bloody great, tones to die for in all settings, especially that "tele" snap with the bridge pick up split, and 'bucker tones' more than deliver the goods too! I was out playing last weekend with it and folks and a fellow guitarist were commenting on the classic Duane tones from the fillmore it was evoking! Seriously though, I really like the 11's, the elasticity, the bigger frets and how it came set up from the factory. If I had to keep only one of my three PRS's, it would be this one "hand's down"!
    RonnieD
     
  10. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan DGT Player

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    The only guitar I typically play these days is my eight year old goldtop DGT!
     
  11. tiboy

    tiboy New Member

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    I don't have the breath of experience that most here have. I've owned only 5 PRS guitars and played a few more on a limited basis. But the PS McCarty 594 is my one. I now consider myself married- ok to look, but not touch.
     
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  12. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca New Member

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    McCarty. Moons, mild top, McCarty burst.

    I'm normally super-analytical about gear, but this one just spoke to me.

    Can't explain it, can't put it down.
     
  13. bluefade

    bluefade New Member

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    SIG-LIMITED= McCARTY on STEROIDS.
     
  14. Spikedog007

    Spikedog007 Life is good, it really is.

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    Can I change my answer? Cause I've been really loving this one lately...
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  15. swede71

    swede71 Tja ba!L├Ąget?

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  16. CVS

    CVS Not so new member

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    HB II with 57-08's and piezo - Covers lot of musical territory from Jazz to Hard Rock to acoustic (and covers it well)
     
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  18. Buildermike

    Buildermike Can you have too many?

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    McRosie equipped with 57/08's.
     
  19. The Fight

    The Fight Long Hair Demigod

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    Yep same here..:cool:
     
  20. The Viking Gangster

    The Viking Gangster New Member

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    Right now, that would be my P245.

    I play Beatles, Stones, and assorted classic stuff......
     

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