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Slow Diver
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Well, being a devoted Dave Navarro fan, and having the cash(or at least I will have it soon) I am considering a PRS. What do you think about those guitars? I have the feeling that this brand is kind of being treated as a one of the trademarks of new metal and if you play this guitar you are considered a 12year-linkin-park fan?
What do you guys think about these guitars?
Also which brands would you recommend for playing alternative rock, style similar to Jane's Addiction, Primus, Sonic Youth, Incubus, Soundgarden mmmm, Asian Dub Foundation and some other crazy independent stuff.
Also I am thinking about a Fender Jazzmaster and some Carvin. Are these better than a PRS? I am really bad at brands. Here in Bulgaria there is not a single gutar shop in which you can find any of those models and actually try them to see what fits for you. There are only sqiers and occasionally some Yamahas and Ibanezes. Some 80% of guitarplayers here play Squiers.
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Dr_simon
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I have a PRS CE24 and it is wonderful !

I didn’t get the custom as it makes the same noises as the CE's though has the bird inlays (and costs more).

As Im more interested in the way the guitar sounds than the way it looks I went for the CE.

It is quite simply the best guitar I have played !

(Prev. Overwater, Gordon Smith, Fender, Lag, etc etc.)

I payed 1700 USD (list 2500 USD) and dont regret one cent !

Check out the reviews on Harmony Central !

Im thinking of getting an LP and quite honestly I'll be very surprised if it is better than the PRS !

Don’t expect it to sound like a strat or an LP and just enjoy the way it sounds. I personally love the vintage / Hot Fat Screams (HFS) pickup combination.

I couldn’t be happier with mine and I cant recommend them more highly. I play everything from Blues to Punk and it is a great all rounder !

Check out http://www.trinkit.net/Dreaming.mp3

I have 5 fender guitars (Mex, Tex-Mex and USA strat, a 72 reissue Tele and a 12 string) and the PRS is in a different league ! Mind you a CE24 is nearly twice the price of any of the Fender guitars I own.


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Slow Diver
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Yes, I don't expect of this guitar to be like a strat or a LP. That is basically what I am looking for -- something different than those two sounds.
Well, thank you for your opinion, I appreciate it.
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I own a PRS custom 22 and it is awsome! I think the pickups on the 24 like Dr. Simon has are a little hotter than the 22, but either way they are both amazing guitars. mine has a flamed top and moon inlays instead of the birds and I paid around $1800 US. It is very versatile and very responsive. I play everything from blues to hard core stuff and it plays flawlessly at all levels.
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Andrew Sa
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You lucky bastards with Prs guitars...I have only got a
Prs Catalogue to look at...man are those some beautiful guitars. Here is South Africa Prs guitars are damn expensive
from about R22000 up ( thats about 2 500 USD ) except the Tremonti and Santana Se guitars that go for about 1000 Usd.
But I have played a standard 22 and it was beautiful...definately different to a strat and a Les Paul...In fact it kills a Les Paul. If you can afford a Prs then Get one.
Yes alot of new metal guiatists play Prs, but so does Santana...NiN were using Prs in the early nineties alredy as were Primus etc...they are awesome guitars.
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chris mood
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The PRS McCarty was probably one of the nicest sounding/playing solidbody guitar I ever played. If I wasn't so devoted to the 7-string I would definetly get one.
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What's stopping you Chris...PRS makes a 7 string in the custom shop...:)

WHOOPS...Didn't mean to make you drool on your keyboard :)

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kingdavid
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Originally posted by Andrew Sa
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You lucky bastards with Prs guitars...I have only got a
Prs Catalogue to look at...man are those some beautiful guitars. Here is South Africa Prs guitars are damn expensive
from about R22000 up ( thats about 2 500 USD )...

At least you get to see them.Here in Kenya,they are so expensive,the music stores don't bother stocking them;the potential price tags would draw people as much as the national parks around here do.It would be a sight to behold.
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nasum_human
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hey, I've not been on here in so long, getting divorced and fighting over kids is a messy thing, but enough about me, i noticed this thread, and i have a PRS singlecut, it's frankly the best guitar I've ever played, it cost me around £2000 and I play it through a roland cube30 amp, it does rock, metal, blues, funk, jazz and anything else you throw at it equally well, the basic sound is not dissimilar to a les paul, but I found the sound to be slightly richer and not quite as dark. I'd reccomend a PRS for anything you want to play!

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Not to be the contrary one, but, I personally have never liked PRS products, if nothing else, simply because of the price. For the cost, you can get a stellar custom instrument from any one of a number of other manufacturers or luthiers.

The top nicest guitars I've played were (in no order)

-Carvin AE85, astoundingly good tone (it's a semihollow neck through/string through for chrissake!)

-Parker Fly Classic, most comfortable guitar ever, tone that could cut through lead

-Fender Cyclone, cheap ($400 USD or so) but capable of blues, jazz, speed metal, screamo, alternative, etc etc etc and capable of doing all VERY WELL. I'd put one up against ANY PRS.

-Gretsch anything... Gretsch's are truly unsung heroes of guitar tone. I've got a Bo Diddley signature (about $400-$800 depending on where you live in the US). Most guitarists who have played them will agree to some level.

I'd place particular emphasis on the Parker and Carvin offerings, if nothing else, simply because anyone who's setting their sights on a PRS isn't going to listen to anything about a Cyclone or Sparkle Jet seriously... all I can say is since you're going to pay a few g's for one anyway, take a short trip to Paris or London or Berlin and hit up a few guitar shops there and just play the hell out of everything.
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kingdavid
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Originally posted by nasum_human
...getting divorced and fighting over kids is a messy thing...

Which is what makes me happy,in a perverted way,that my mom and the guy that fathered me separated while I was still a toddler.
About guitars,those Gretsh hollow thigns really look nice.Has anyone here seen or played the Angelico Excel archtop?I wonder how it sounds,coz it looks very sexy to me.
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PonyOne
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Heheh, if you got together all the guitarists in the world who had played a D'Angelico, you could probably fit them all in the back of a limo... on the topic of expensive, those things can run upwards of $10,000. Yikes. That's not even one of those "someday" things to me...

The Gretsch hollow and semihollow bodied guitars are stellar. A $2000 Gretsch hollowbody sounds pretty close to a D'Angelico. The Brian Setzer signature archtops were in the same boat as the D'Angelico, and a bargain at around $3500-$4000. But in the real world, their lower end guitars can beat the snot out of most other guitars in their price range. One of their $900 hollowbodies is better than a Gibson Casino.

The other cool thing is that when you buy a Gretsch you're part of this elite brotherhood of guys who have been playing blues and rock for 40 years astill tour around in vans. When I worked at a hotel, once I guy came in with a guitar case and I asked what he had, and it was this beautiful orange Duo Jet that had never seen a scratch or anything. I opened up my wallet and showed him the picture of my Bo Diddley and immedeately, he starts b-s'ing with me about playin' rock and roll, the life of the musician, and i get a $50 tip.

Anyway, I gotta get a pic up of my Bo Diddley, it's the craziest guitar you've ever seen.
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