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#1
Hey fellas, It's been a while since I posted anything on these forums. I'm graduating High School in mid June and my dad offered to split the price on a brand new guitar as a present, which is pretty rad of him.

Anyway, the price point would probably be around $3000 max, which is PLENTY to work with, I already have my money saved up from my summer job so I might be able to go a bit higher, but I'd rather not. I play a variety of styles so versatility is key. I love to play stuff like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Tool, Muse, etc. Mainly funk/blues/rock some metal and very soon I want to get into learning some Jazz. I've been looking mainly at Gibson Les Pauls and PRS Single-cuts, McCartys, and Custom 22s.

I've been to a few Guitar Centers and an awesome local music store called Chuck Levins out in Wheaton, Maryland. I got to compare a Custom 22 side by side to a les paul standard and I couldn't really tell which one I liked more. I do know that I loved the extra cutaway on the PRS and the tremolo was a cool extra thing I could mess around with if I wanted, but it's not really necessary. Neither guitar felt like "the one".

I'm heading up to NYC in 2 weeks to check out all the big music stores and begin the search. I have a ESP LTD EC-1000 which is basically their take on a les paul, and I love it, especially since changing the pickups to bareknuckle nailbombs from the generic EMGs. As awesome as Gibson LP's are, everyone and their uncle has one so I'm leaning more on the PRS side, or perhaps another high end kind of guitar.

I'm not buying a guitar until I find one that I don't want to put down. Each guitar, even of the same exact model, sound different so I'm looking for the perfect tone and feel, although I'll probably end up putting some bareknuckle pups in it because I love them so much.

Any suggestions and help would rock. I'm moving from Washington DC to Los Angeles after graduation for college so I don't mind if I don't find anything in NYC because LA is a hotbed for gear/music too. Thanks if you read ALL that.
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Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
Last edited by RocknRory at May 4, 2011,
#2
Maybe go with a Carvin guitar? Build it to your specs, blah blah blah. Or maybe just a custom luthier? I know Ibanez has their custom shop in LA, and Carvin has their store (so I've heard) in San Diego where you can actually try out their guitars in person.
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#3
Yeah $3000 is a lot so make sure you do get exactly what you're looking for.

The Carvin suggestion was a good one - and you would probably have enough left out of that $3000 to get yourself a new haircut... or an amp or something.... maybe not, i don't know.
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#4
for that price get a custom guitar. maybe look into warmoth, make it your own. It looks like your gear covers a lot of possible genres. since you like foo and incubus maybe take a look at the gibson es-335. some of the bb king guitars are beautiful, but like most artist series guitars you are paying a lot for the name. I love the look of grohls custom, 335 with a firebird style headstock.
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#5
Personally I'd pick the PRS Custom 22 over the LP. I just preferred the feeling of the custom 22 for some reason, but that could be different for you. I can't really say anything about the Carvin recommendation because I haven't played one, but I have heard they are fantastic.

Also, I may have seen you at Chuck Levin's or the Guitar Center's in the area before and not even noticed haha. I'm normally hanging around the powerball and 6505 while "debating" which one I want.
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#6
Add another voice to the chorus of Carvin or custom.

I don't own a Carvin, but I know a lot of people who do- and not a one is unhappy. They have a lot of models and options and you can get a HELL of a lot of guitar from them for under $2K. The sole downside to Carvin is that they are mail-order only...unless you live near one of their shops. As I recall, they have one in San Diego, not far from LA.

I DO own a few luthier guitars: a solidbody w/trem (NGD last Wednesday!), a semihollow, 2 hollowbodies and an acoustic from Jon Kammerer. They ranged from just under $1K to about $2.5K. Each one is bliss to play.

You might have to wait a while to get the guitar in your hands, but either way, you'd have a guitar that should last you long enough to give to YOUR son.
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at May 4, 2011,
#7
I've been recommended about a custom Carvin, and they are at a fantastic price, but I really want to try the guitar before I buy it. If I could try a carvin that i'd be interested in I would much more likely consider ordering a custom one, but if not, I'd rather not.

I'm definitely learning on a PRS over a Gibson. I'm kind over a Les Paul for now, they are awesome, but I want something not so generic.

I'm not interested in Ibanez thats for sure, but if Carvins HQ is in San Diego, that would be prime. I'll research that. I'm also not interested in a semi-hollow guitar like the ES-335, great guitars, just not what Im looking for right now. Dave Grohls custom is nice though, they are very rare!
Gear

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#8
I also support choosing a Carvin. I recently purchased an ST300 and it easily became my favorite guitar. I basically added everything on the guitar I wanted and was able to purchase it for $1250. If I was given $3000 and was only able to spend it on guitar equipment then I would buy a Carvin and then put the rest of it toward a Fractal Audio Axe-Fx or something.
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#10
Quote by itsportspe
Egen18 is a pretty nice guitar. I've only read good things about it.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-Herman-Li-EGEN18-Signature-Electric-Guitar?sku=500160


lol, no Ibanez's please, especially signature artist guitars. I want my own guitar, not someone elses.

Man, lots of people are recommending Carvins, I need to check them out for sure.
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Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#11
Lots of people are retards.

Keep trying out PRS's they have a few new models out this year that look very nice, also look out and try a 513, they are awesome and incredibly versatile.

Other brands to try if you can are people like Suhr and Tom Anderson too, with 3k you need to really find the "one" like you say so it may just be a case of playing everything mate. You might end up with a CS Fender Strat, you never know until you play that guitar.

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#12
Quote by chadreed32
Yeah $3000 is a lot so make sure you do get exactly what you're looking for.

The Carvin suggestion was a good one - and you would probably have enough left out of that $3000 to get yourself a new haircut... or an amp or something.... maybe not, i don't know.


+1
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#13
I've been recommended about a custom Carvin, and they are at a fantastic price, but I really want to try the guitar before I buy it. If I could try a carvin that i'd be interested in I would much more likely consider ordering a custom one, but if not, I'd rather not.


Which is why I suggested going to their store in Cali when you get there. Bonus: regardless of choice, getting the axe (ANY one) in LA means YOU don't have to move it cross-country.
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#14
What about a Caparison Angelus or a Horus. I think they only sell in Boston though, but im sure you could get it shipped wherever. But like every one says, try before you buy.
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#15
A sidenote: you're getting ready to go to college, though you didn't say which one.

Wherever you go, though, one thing you can count on is noise. Dorms & apartments tend to be a bit noisier than houses, and anything you DON'T add to the mix is a plus in your favor as a roomie or neighbor.

But you'll still need to practice...and sometimes, that means your amp will be too much.

My advice: invest a few hundred of your graduation budget to pick up some kind of practice device (Korg PX-4 or 5, Line6 POD, etc) and/or recorder/phrase trainer (Tascam GT-R1, etc.). They all support headphones (for quiet practice), most do some digital effects & amp modeling, and many let you connect and record directly to your computer. And since they're all about the same size as an old Walkman (look it up, whippersnapper ), that means you can practice anytime, anywhere.

For example, tonight, I'm taking my Mom to Church Choir practice, but I'm not in the choir myself. So I pack up a guitar, a guitar stool, headphones and my PX-4 and sit in the courtyard jamming out for a few hours.
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Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at May 4, 2011,
#16
Collings CL.

Think a Gibson LP, but way better made and more refined. Collings are hands down the best made guitars I have ever played (an I-35 makes a 335 sound like plywood). They can do pretty much any style, even metal if you pop for the high-wind pickup option (jason lollar pickups are incredible). If you like the idea of the LP, but don't want a run of the mill LP (a $3000 guitar is run of the mill... crap), I would urge you to try a collings.
#17
Quote by dannyalcatraz
A sidenote: you're getting ready to go to college, though you didn't say which one.

Wherever you go, though, one thing you can count on is noise. Dorms & apartments tend to be a bit noisier than houses, and anything you DON'T add to the mix is a plus in your favor as a roomie or neighbor.

But you'll still need to practice...and sometimes, that means your amp will be too much.

My advice: invest a few hundred of your graduation budget to pick up some kind of practice device (Korg PX-4 or 5, Line6 POD, etc) and/or recorder/phrase trainer (Tascam GT-R1, etc.). They all support headphones (for quiet practice), most do some digital effects & amp modeling, and many let you connect and record directly to your computer. And since they're all about the same size as an old Walkman (look it up, whippersnapper ), that means you can practice anytime, anywhere.

For example, tonight, I'm taking my Mom to Church Choir practice, but I'm not in the choir myself. So I pack up a guitar, a guitar stool, headphones and my PX-4 and sit in the courtyard jamming out for a few hours.


I'm going to Santa Monica College for two years before doing a transfer to a UC school, which means I'll be renting a small house most likely, maybe an apartment. With a house I won't have to worry about noise complaints much, and if it is an apartment, I have my computer with computer plugins and I can always just turn down the volume on my Mark V in 10w mode or just use my Vypyr 15w. I got the computer recording down, but thanks for the tips.

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Collings CL.

Think a Gibson LP, but way better made and more refined. Collings are hands down the best made guitars I have ever played (an I-35 makes a 335 sound like plywood). They can do pretty much any style, even metal if you pop for the high-wind pickup option (jason lollar pickups are incredible). If you like the idea of the LP, but don't want a run of the mill LP (a $3000 guitar is run of the mill... crap), I would urge you to try a collings.


How much are they? If they are cheaper than my budget i'd be down to find one in Los Angeles to try out. The Deluxes are $4k+ though. Out of my range.

Quote by Tom 1.0
]Lots of people are retards.

Keep trying out PRS's they have a few new models out this year that look very nice, also look out and try a 513, they are awesome and incredibly versatile.

Other brands to try if you can are people like Suhr and Tom Anderson too, with 3k you need to really find the "one" like you say so it may just be a case of playing everything mate. You might end up with a CS Fender Strat, you never know until you play that guitar.


I'll check out those guitars man, thanks. I've already heard good things about Suhrs. I'm definitely looking for something with humbuckers, I have my american strat that nails the single pickup tones. It's my funky guitar lol. I won't rest until I find "the one" even if it takes me a year!
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Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#18
I know this is off topic, but - since 3 of you guys have Ec-1000's I just want to know if there are any problems you guys have had with the guitar. Im saving up for one and I've played it a few times and I like it but i just need to know if there are any long term problems with it.
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#19
Quote by chadreed32
I know this is off topic, but - since 3 of you guys have Ec-1000's I just want to know if there are any problems you guys have had with the guitar. Im saving up for one and I've played it a few times and I like it but i just need to know if there are any long term problems with it.


No problems here. It's been a wonderful guitar and I will never sell mine, especially since I put some bareknuckles pickups in it. I highly recommend one, preferably a passive model one, but if it has EMGs, no big deal. If you eventually want to swap in some passives, you can take it to a guitar tech or do it yourself if you have some soldering skill.
Gear

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#20
Yeah I'm getting one with EMGs but its the Black Cherry one with the quilted maple top - the color is too good to pass up. plus I don't have any guitars with EMGs so maybe a little change?

Thanks for the info.
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#21
Quote by bobafettacheese
for that price get a custom guitar. maybe look into warmoth, make it your own. It looks like your gear covers a lot of possible genres. since you like foo and incubus maybe take a look at the gibson es-335. some of the bb king guitars are beautiful, but like most artist series guitars you are paying a lot for the name. I love the look of grohls custom, 335 with a firebird style headstock.


+1. I had similar criteria awhile back and ended up falling for an ES-137 Classic. Gibson's hollowbody models are all top-notch and you'd be well-served with any one of them. If you find the larger body uncomfortable, though (as many do), go for a PRS. Les Pauls are alright but I find many of them lacking (maybe because they're produced in higher volumes than PRSes or 335s are, I don't know).
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#22
to answer your question about the Collings CL, they start pretty close to $3000. However, they can be "talked down" somewhat. A friend of mine got one for $3100 about 6 months ago in Chicago
#23
Quote by sonic_777111
+1. I had similar criteria awhile back and ended up falling for an ES-137 Classic. Gibson's hollowbody models are all top-notch and you'd be well-served with any one of them. If you find the larger body uncomfortable, though (as many do), go for a PRS. Les Pauls are alright but I find many of them lacking (maybe because they're produced in higher volumes than PRSes or 335s are, I don't know).


Yeah I have a Epiphone Dot Semi-hollow that I got from a friend for $100, and I know the quality and tone come NOWHERE near a Gibson ES, I want a solid body. I'll probably aim PRS over Gibson now that I've thought about it for the past 6months. I'll be heading to my local music store Chuch Levins here, and then I'll be checking out the music stores in NYC when I'm there for 3 nights.

Does anyone know of some good music stores in NYC where I can find some nice PRS's and various other high end guitars?
Gear

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#25
Chuck Levins is great, they always had a good selection when i was in there. you may want to try Victor Litz as well (in gaithersburg, md). smaller store and typically dont have as large a selection, but they do have some nice stuff on occasion.

if you like LPs, why not go for a SC PRS? you mentioned it in your first post, but havent really since. im a sucker for a good SC250. the 25 inch scale length is awesome. its what you get on most of PRS's other guitars, as opposed to the SC245 and current run single cuts. you mentioned LPs a few times, so i would guess you like the look of them, and the 250 combines that with the more PRS feel.

just my 2 cents.

other than that, i sounds like you are going to right direction and have some solid suggestions to work with. keep trying stuff till you find the right one.
#26
Quote by AWACS


I see we have a smartass with the google link lol Did you think I didn't do that already? I found the major ones but asking actual people what guitar stores I should check out does something google doesn't do as well as real people. It lets me know what guitar stores people have possibly been to and liked well enough to recommend to me.
Gear

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#27
Cant really go wrong with either a LP or PRS. I guess just keep trying until you find the one. If you can make it up there, about an hour north of NYC is a place called Alto Music in Middletown which is basically Costco for musical instruments in terms of selection and price. I guarantee you'll find something you'll like there. Check it out if you can www.altomusic.com
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#28
Quote by RocknRory
I see we have a smartass with the google link lol Did you think I didn't do that already? I found the major ones but asking actual people what guitar stores I should check out does something google doesn't do as well as real people. It lets me know what guitar stores people have possibly been to and liked well enough to recommend to me.


I'm sorry man. Thats been pulled on me a couple of times, just wanted to do it once.
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#29
Quote by jof1029
Chuck Levins is great, they always had a good selection when i was in there. you may want to try Victor Litz as well (in gaithersburg, md). smaller store and typically dont have as large a selection, but they do have some nice stuff on occasion.

if you like LPs, why not go for a SC PRS? you mentioned it in your first post, but havent really since. im a sucker for a good SC250. the 25 inch scale length is awesome. its what you get on most of PRS's other guitars, as opposed to the SC245 and current run single cuts. you mentioned LPs a few times, so i would guess you like the look of them, and the 250 combines that with the more PRS feel.

just my 2 cents.

other than that, i sounds like you are going to right direction and have some solid suggestions to work with. keep trying stuff till you find the right one.


Thank you for the great response that support my ideas. I really love Chuck Levins, it's a great music store. I bought my PA there. I'm basically looking at the PRS CST22 and McCarty Single cut and they do play well, but the ones I've tried didn't make me want to buy them. I have to try some more!


Quote by AWACS
I'm sorry man. Thats been pulled on me a couple of times, just wanted to do it once.


No harm done man! It is pretty funny when you get someone who asks a very blatantly obvious question.
Gear

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
Last edited by RocknRory at May 4, 2011,
#30
So I went up to Chuck Levins today and tried out a numerous amount of guitars. Mostly PRS's. I went through most of them, looking at mainly Custom 22's and Singlecuts. All the ones on the shelf sounded either not so good, had broken electronics, or sounded alright. I didn't feel like any of them could be the one. I talked to a guy who was helping me out, Paul, and he went into the warehouse and got me two guitars, both limited.

The first was a PRS 1958/2008 or something along those lines. Quilted top, Custom 22 body, 58/08 pickups. It sounded pretty good, the pickups are beautiful, but I still wanted more. Then he brought out the Custom 22 Limited Edition.

This bad boy.

http://www.chucklevins.com/prsgtr.asp?wg=10162767

Now at first, I was like... f-hole...uhhhh. But I gave it a chance because it is a beautiful looking guitar. I plugged in right into the Diezel VH4 and went through clean jazzy tones, barely overdriven blues, hard rock/progressive stuff, right into metal.

This guitar sounded F*@!ing amazing. The single F-hole gave it this depth that none of the other solid bodies had. The cleans were perfect, and so were the mid-gain rock tones, so I thought it must be not that great at metal compared to the solid body because it was partially semi-hollow.

I was wrong. It sounded even better than the solid bodies at hard rock and metal stuff. I'm definitely strongly considering this guitar, but I plan to wait until I try some stuff in NYC and see how it compares. I want to find the same kind of guitar but without the F-hole in order to hear the difference. I also might prefer a flame top, but I really don't care that much. It's mainly about tone and feel.

Perhaps I'll just wait until I get to Los Angeles and try stuff there before I decide to buy it (if I dont find a better guitar). That's also if they still have the guitar in stock.

What do you guys think? At first I didn't like the single f-hole, but its grown on me, in tone and looks. I want a guitar that's decently unique, which is the reason why I don't want a Les Paul. I'm stoked!
Gear

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#31
Thats beautiful.

I know Min swears by his HBI or II iirc and thats got to be good for something lol

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#32
Quote by RocknRory
So I went up to Chuck Levins today and tried out a numerous amount of guitars. Mostly PRS's. I went through most of them, looking at mainly Custom 22's and Singlecuts. All the ones on the shelf sounded either not so good, had broken electronics, or sounded alright. I didn't feel like any of them could be the one. I talked to a guy who was helping me out, Paul, and he went into the warehouse and got me two guitars, both limited.

The first was a PRS 1958/2008 or something along those lines. Quilted top, Custom 22 body, 58/08 pickups. It sounded pretty good, the pickups are beautiful, but I still wanted more. Then he brought out the Custom 22 Limited Edition.

This bad boy.

http://www.chucklevins.com/prsgtr.asp?wg=10162767

Now at first, I was like... f-hole...uhhhh. But I gave it a chance because it is a beautiful looking guitar. I plugged in right into the Diezel VH4 and went through clean jazzy tones, barely overdriven blues, hard rock/progressive stuff, right into metal.

This guitar sounded F*@!ing amazing. The single F-hole gave it this depth that none of the other solid bodies had. The cleans were perfect, and so were the mid-gain rock tones, so I thought it must be not that great at metal compared to the solid body because it was partially semi-hollow.

I was wrong. It sounded even better than the solid bodies at hard rock and metal stuff. I'm definitely strongly considering this guitar, but I plan to wait until I try some stuff in NYC and see how it compares. I want to find the same kind of guitar but without the F-hole in order to hear the difference. I also might prefer a flame top, but I really don't care that much. It's mainly about tone and feel.

Perhaps I'll just wait until I get to Los Angeles and try stuff there before I decide to buy it (if I dont find a better guitar). That's also if they still have the guitar in stock.

What do you guys think? At first I didn't like the single f-hole, but its grown on me, in tone and looks. I want a guitar that's decently unique, which is the reason why I don't want a Les Paul. I'm stoked!

Dude, that looks like a killer axe!

PRS is always near the top of my list of guitar manufacturers, and if I hadn't found another guitar that REALLY spoke to me, a turqoise blue quilt-top solidbody PRS would have been my first electric.

I don't see how purchasing this guitar could go wrong for you: it's a looker; it sounds nice to you; it feels good in your hands; it is versatile. It is NOT an LP or Strat, so it will stand out.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at May 7, 2011,
#33
For that price man you needa get exactly what you are looking for and nothing less. Get a guitar that you will want to keep YOUR WHOLE LIFE. And in order to decide if a guitar is worthy of being kept that long you have to play it. Go to the closest store that carries all the big brands and play EVERYTHING. Flat out tell the sales clerk you are going to drop some serious coin on a guitar and they will jump through hoops to find you want you want. Good luck.
#34
Quote by dannyalcatraz
Dude, that looks like a killer axe!

PRS is always near the top of my list of guitar manufacturers, and if I hadn't found another guitar that REALLY spoke to me, a turqoise blue quilt-top solidbody PRS would have been my first electric.

I don't see how purchasing this guitar could go wrong for you: it's a looker; it sounds nice to you; it feels good in your hands; it is versatile. It is NOT an LP or Strat, so it will stand out.


Yeah mate, PRS makes beautiful guitars. They all look so elegant. I'm definitely considering this guitar as "the one", but Im not going to give up my search just yet. After my trip to NYC next week, I'll hopefully have a better feel for good PRS's and other guitars so I can compare them to what I previously played. I'm also thinking about just waiting until I move to Los Angeles in mid-late July to try a lot of stuff there, and If I don't find anything that tops that Custom 22, I'd order it, if they still had it in stock that is.
Gear

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#35
I just got back from NYC today. I went to a few guitar stores, including Guitar Center, Rudy's Music in Time Square, and Rudy's in SoHo, along with one other I forgot the name of. Anyway, I tried mainly PRS's but didn't find anything that was as awesome as the 22 with the F-hole I tried in Maryland previous to the trip. The best ones I tried were two Custom 24's, but I want 22 frets!

I have a question, say I find an awesome PRS guitar, but it has the rotary switch, which I do not like; can I have it switched to the McCarty wiring with the 3 way selector and two push/pull pots for coilsplitting or parallel operation? Would it be expensive or relatively easy/cheap?
Gear

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#36
I have a question, say I find an awesome PRS guitar, but it has the rotary switch, which I do not like; can I have it switched to the McCarty wiring with the 3 way selector and two push/pull pots for coilsplitting or parallel operation? Would it be expensive or relatively easy/cheap?


I bet it can be done...but it would probably look crappy AND would not be cheap. You'd be better off trying to get a custom from PRS (or some other manufacturer).
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#39
Hmmm I noticed Chuck Levins also has this color of the same PRS, which one do you guys prefer?

http://www.chucklevins.com/prsgtr.asp?wg=10162767

or

http://www.chucklevins.com/prsgtr.asp?wg=10160507

I like the deep red of the first, and it looks great, and sounds killer. As for the 2nd, the color is cool, and it's flamed which I usually like more. I have compared it as for tone, but I will soon. I just want anyones opinion.
Gear

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head
Mills Acoustics Mach 212B
Peavey Vypyr 15w
ESP LTD EC-1000 guitar (BKP Nailbombs)
Fender American Standard Strat
PRS Custom 24
Dunlop KH Signature Wah
Menatone Red Snapper
Boss DD-7 Delay
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#40
Quilt all the way.

that firs guitar is jaw droppingly beautiful.

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