What are PRS S- and T-type guitars known for?

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  1. dscottyg

    dscottyg Strat-Talker

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    Do PRS guitars have a certain niche? Classic rock, hard rock, metal, John Mayer music, what? When I first saw the bird inlays on a YouTube channel, I knew I had to have one one day. I tried one unplugged at guitar center, and it felt great.
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    You have an unhealthy obsession with pigeonholing particular guitars. They’re for electric guitar music.
     
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    his niche is top quality out of the box.

    paul reed smith started as a world class repair and guitar tech who designed his guitar to be a combination of a les paul and a strat with his spin on it.
     
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    Green Craig Senior Stratmaster

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    With the disclaimer that any guitar can play any music...

    I always associate PRS with post-grunge or modern rock. Mark Tremonti of Creed, for instance, has a PRS endorsement. Looks like Marcus Curiel of POD is listed on their endorsed artists as well, as are the bands Shinedown, Nonpoint, and Linkin Park.

    But, they also endorse artists like Chris Garcia (of Garth Brooks' backup band), several Opry band members, several Nashville session artists, and modern bro-country like Florida/Georgia Line, Locash, Luke Bryan, and Brantley Gilbert.
     
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    Making me want to punch Carlos Santana in the face.
     
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    John C Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    Sorry but I have to agree with @guitarface - don't obsess over trying to categorize a particular guitar model/guitar brand. You can play anything on anything; is it the best choice? Maybe, maybe not. But don't limit yourself.

    At any rate - PRS has never made a T-style guitar. They never made a "pure" S-style until the Mayer Silver Sky - which is Mayer's "optimized" early-60s Strat. They have had other somewhat Stratty guitars over the decades, going back to the first EG series in the early 1990s. But they were putting more of their "spin" on it - 25" scale length necks on the EGs, for the most part not traditional Fender single coils (the first-series EGs did come with SSS and HSS configurations); decades later there was a set-neck EG with 3 single coils in the SE series. They have had the 305 - a set neck, carved top 3 proprietary single coils with a 25.5" scale neck, they had the DC3/NF3 with a 25.15" scale (DC3 had the 3 single coils and the NF3 had Narrowfield minibuckers and a few others along the way before the Silver Sky became a big hit.

    But PRS was trying for a guitar that had elements of Gibsons and Fenders but had its own sound - so you can create what you want with them.
     
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    I love some early Carlos on an SG. But the PRS thing just doesn't fit. It will never be right. It would be like putting the Statue of Liberty in Nebraska.
     
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    I think I might like PRS's better if they lost the carved and flame tops and over-the-top ornamentation. It's just too wound up. Les Paul did the carved maple cap for a reason. PRS did it to mimic.

    Les Paul/Strat:

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    PRS:

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    Tsjackson Senior Stratmaster

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    I agree with this, I’d be far more interested in PRS guitars if they weren’t so snazzy.
     
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    PRS are Fine quality instruments from what most owners say
     
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    They are known for being over-priced ornaments for dentists and stock brokers.
    [ I still want one, though ]
     
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    The PRS guitars I have personally played and heard are excellent. There are several models that do not have the bling. From most accounts they are nice instruments. I just purchased a S2 Thin line which is crazy good. It sustains for days. The only bling is the birds. I prefer regular dot markers on my fretboard, but I will take this as is. It is a great guitar.
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    They are known for being incredible quality guitars built by people who actually play guitars (Core models), and for making people insult them and their owners. Oh and the look pretty sweet too.

    My current three PRS guitars.

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    I am considering similar specs and finishes to these for a Private Stock build for my 50th in 4 years. I’ll start it 18 months out from that. Gonna be sweet to go to MD and pick out woods!

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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    Don't get the generalisation or pigeonholing going on here.

    My PRS isn't snazzy or over the top. Nicely made guitar that plays very well.

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    The birds are another issue! They're more like "random fret confusers" than "fret markers". Messes with my brain. No birds. Just more "look at me" ornamentation.
     
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    I didn’t mean to generalise, yours is cool what model is it? I actually wanted to go try some different (to what I’ve had in the past) guitars recently and if something like this had been at the shop I would have definitely had a go.
     
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    Textele Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Love that guitar!
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    What is a t-type guitar?

    When I hear PRS, I think of immaculately built guitars. But I also think of kinda over-the-top glam guitars. Not all of them, but many.

    PRS pickups can leave me wanting, though. My one PRS now has Seth Lovers, and it's great.

    I would also love to have an S2 Vela semi-hollow 22-fret satin neck.
     
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    Any music you want.

    I can't get over how they look like theyvripped off the Ibanez Artist- and Concert series.