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Old 03-19-2014, 11:31 AM
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Hey Gang - A ten day biker rally just finished up in my area which features a lot of live music. You can listen to 5-6+ bands a day without hardly moving. I always like to assess what gear these full-time working bands choose. Things have changed some over the last several years.

Gibson ( LP in particular ) are far away the most common seen. That's not a new trend but {I think} the gap is widening. And there not " shiny -new" Pauls either ... OLD Gibsons are, apparently, the guitar du jour. What I've seen change is the increased presence of PRS. All respect to Fender ( I'm sure they make/sell a lot more guitars than PRS?), they are not as well represented as they used to be. And what used to be a 80/20 mix - strats to teles- appears closer to 50/50 now. I wasn't counting, these are abstract observations made under the influence of copius amounts of alcohol. That clarified, Gibson / PRS / Fender (in that order) represented 80%+ of all the electric guitars I saw being used. Acoustic guitars are harder to identify from a distance- it's hard to read headstocks with blurred vision. .... ( I wonder if it's a different story at the CMF in Nashville? Would PRS outnumber Fender there? Probably not? )

Amps were a different story ... aside from the obvious heavy load of Marshall I saw every brand / set-up imaginable. I didn't hear one single set-up I'd call "weak".

Anyway... since your thread was specifically about Gibson vs. PRS I thot I'd chime-in that PRS has done a pretty effective job of clawing it's way toward the top amongst the " working crowd ". Personally, I like'm both.

Good Luck- neither would be a "mistake" .....
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:01 PM
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Sounds like you had a ton of fun listening to a lot of live music recently!!

That's really interesting to hear that the percentage of fenders, particularly strats seems to be waning.

PRS is definitely making some strides. Being a happy medium between the strat and the LP, I can see how they would appeal to the working guitarist. I hadn't listened to or read about Al DiMeola in a long time, and discovered that he's a PRS guy now. I think he even has a signature model. I always remembered him with that cool ebony LP!!

I can't wait until I can go out and get my hands on some PRS models and see what I think, especially compared to my strat and an lp studio.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:18 PM
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A PRS employee told me 'they' consider Gibson their biggest competitor and I think he was speaking in terms of quality.

On the PRS web site (and else where on the web) there are some interesting videos about PRS's philosophy, design/manufacturing concepts, their quality control and, of course, new models. And then there are their amps...

As for Al DiMeola, he's got a signature-model Ovation out there too.
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Sounds like you had a ton of fun listening to a lot of live music recently!!

That's really interesting to hear that the percentage of fenders, particularly strats seems to be waning.

PRS is definitely making some strides. Being a happy medium between the strat and the LP, I can see how they would appeal to the working guitarist. I hadn't listened to or read about Al DiMeola in a long time, and discovered that he's a PRS guy now. I think he even has a signature model. I always remembered him with that cool ebony LP!!

I can't wait until I can go out and get my hands on some PRS models and see what I think, especially compared to my strat and an lp studio.
try out some usa prs u will feel the difference.but u will allso feel the difference in the wallet.great investments.

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PRS for the longest time was considered to be more of a smaller manufacturer and more boutique in comparison to the already established brand of Gibson. Only in the recent decades have they began making guitars that are more accessibly priced for anyone who is not an avid collector or professional player. This accounts for the boom in the PRS market and their now very noticeable presence as a competitor to Gibson. They are seen as such because the two build guitars with very similar philosophies. The formula for a Les Paul is the same as the formula for a PRS Custom 21/22. Set neck, mahogany body, flamed or quilted maple top, ebony fretboard, dual humbuckers, two volume, two tone, three way switch, stop tail piece with tune o matic bridge. PRS gained its following because it actually did Gibson better than Gibson did Gibson in the late 80's. A similar story is the coming of age of Taylor acoustic guitars in regards to how they started as a boutique company and by way of high quality instruments have become a very large player in not only the high dollar instrumnets but also the 500-1000 dollar instruments.

As for Fender, there still isn't a guitar manufacturer that could do Fender better than Fender can do Fender. And there probably never will.
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