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vchizzle
09-18-2012, 10:28 AM
I'll start by apologizing for the lengthiness of this post and rambling on, but I want to share my 1st trip to the Experience with those who have not been able to go it:proud:
Right from the get-go on Thursday afternoon when we arrived, I felt like a fish out of water a bit by the enormity of event. 2 people in particular, I owe a lot to for getting us off on the right foot that made everything go very smoothly....
Jim Deemer and Beverly Fowler - THANK YOU so much. You made me and my friends feel like family right away and throughout the weekend. I can't thank you enough. My introduction and 1st sighting of a PRS guitar started with family(my father) in the early 90's and that feeling of family extended through this weekend by your graciousness - as well as from Shawn, Paul, Hans and many of the forum members I met. Again, thank you.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8308/7996726262_d67858b443_b.jpg

Bev might kill me next year for posting a pic with her, but oh well:)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8179/7996711186_a0bf97b87b_b.jpg


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8171/7996712752_8480baac77_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8181/7996707984_c82e20e32d_b.jpg

Myself and Mark Tremonti
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8173/7996666120_948048edbb_b.jpg

I finally got to meet Clint Lowery. Been a fan of his for many years. from Sevendust, Dark New Day to his acoustic Hello Demons...and his newest band that he sings lead and plays guitar- Call Me No One. I have to say he's maybe THE nicest guy I've ever met. He took the time to hang out and talk with us for awhile, signed some stuff for us and gave me a guitar pick. I'm happy he's got his own SE model coming out.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8449/7996685589_b02827f749_b.jpg

Paul and Clint introducing his new SE:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8038/7996683769_9868e1d2a6_b.jpg

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 10:47 AM
There's SO much ground to cover with all of the factory processes to go through. Along with the clinics, seminars and performances - I didn't spend nearly as much time touring as I would've like to. I told Shawn a story about how I almost came out to PRS 10 years ago, with the intention of touring the factory and applying for a job. So I really would've liked to spend more time at each station learning what they do. In a different set of circumstances, I most definitely would've done that. Things happen that change your course sometimes. If PRS were in the midwest, might be a different story for me.

Here's some pics from the factory:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8302/7996662249_d75c105db8_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8038/7996672670_ce7b6e40a6_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7996674648_8fbbb97c6f_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8169/7996668885_55b0360c79_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8457/7996659174_d27445f0f9_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/7996644046_bac28f9b9a_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8182/7996677864_0f933220eb_b.jpg

Tables set up where you can try your hand at staining some scrap wood(not those bodies pictured) - very cool.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8295/7996683384_870bf57dba_b.jpg

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 10:56 AM
I really want BOTH these guitars:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/7996652922_b842ae26be_b.jpg

P22 is #1 next needed guitar for me - this looks like it might turn out to be EXACTLY the one I want:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8296/7996642441_89e0a3a27b_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8038/7996690062_f0b3e5eccb_b.jpg

Final assembly:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8435/7996686528_1083cf20ae_b.jpg

Sales table. Wooooooahhhh:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8313/7996679886_3c87576768_b.jpg

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 10:58 AM
If there's anything PRS doesn't want posted here, please by all means remove. If it's all cool, then I've got a few others I'll put up later.

Shawn@PRS
09-18-2012, 11:34 AM
Great photos Vaughn, you got to meet some of the heavy hitters. You did make one mistake. Never, ever, photograph Bev without her mask on! :)

It was great to finally meet you and so many other forum members. I had a blast!

JDBRADSHAW
09-18-2012, 11:44 AM
Great pix!

Canadian PRSGUY
09-18-2012, 11:56 AM
Hey Vaughn

I was the guy who slipped you a few guitar tickets and a couple of beer tix on my way out. My wife was in a car accident and I was eager to get home due to the events (she's okay but it put a damper on the weekend). Did ya win a guitar or were the tix even good anymore? Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for the pics!

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 12:05 PM
Great photos Vaughn, you got to meet some of the heavy hitters. You did make one mistake. Never, ever, photograph Bev without her mask on! :)

It was great to finally meet you and so many other forum members. I had a blast!
Uh-oh, I'll expect her wrath next year:creep: :)

Great to finally meet you also, thanks for the free T-shirt!

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 12:11 PM
Hey Vaughn

I was the guy who slipped you a few guitar tickets and a couple of beer tix on my way out. My wife was in a car accident and I was eager to get home due to the events (she's okay but it put a damper on the weekend). Did ya win a guitar or were the tix even good anymore? Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for the pics!

Thanks for the beers! Wow, sorry to hear about your wife - glad she's ok though. No, the tix from the previous day were just for that day(wasn't sure when we talked). Was all for a great cause either way. Great to meet you, even if ever so briefly, under not great circumstances. What was your actual name again?

Jedi
09-18-2012, 12:30 PM
There's SO much ground to cover with all of the factory processes to go through. Along with the clinics, seminars and performances - I didn't spend nearly as much time touring as I would've like to. I told Shawn a story about how I almost came out to PRS 10 years ago, with the intention of touring the factory and applying for a job. So I really would've liked to spend more time at each station learning what they do. In a different set of circumstances, I most definitely would've done that. Things happen that change your course sometimes. If PRS were in the midwest, might be a different story for me.

Here's some pics from the factory:

Tables set up where you can try your hand at staining some scrap wood(not those bodies pictured) - very cool.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8295/7996683384_870bf57dba_b.jpg

OMG that ice tea sunburst and figured top is phenomenal.....where is that guitar headed?

Mike Duncan
09-18-2012, 01:17 PM
Fantastic pictures! Thank you for putting them up!

ronalr
09-18-2012, 01:23 PM
great pictures Vaughn....It was great to meet you too...and thanks for letting me have your chair in the hotel lobby Friday night.....(next to Jack Gretz)....you shall be rewarded for giving your seat to a SR...lol!!!

markie
09-18-2012, 01:26 PM
Vaughn, Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet............................. I was looking forward to it!




Next year!

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 02:59 PM
great pictures Vaughn....It was great to meet you too...and thanks for letting me have your chair in the hotel lobby Friday night.....(next to Jack Gretz)....you shall be rewarded for giving your seat to a SR...lol!!!
Sure thing, nice meeting you too!

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 03:03 PM
Vaughn, Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet............................. I was looking forward to it!




Next year!

Yessir! I think we MAYBE met in passing, or unofficially but I could be wrong. I met so many people I lost track. Kind of a whirlwind!

Mikegarveyblues
09-18-2012, 03:20 PM
Great pics, many, many thanks for posting them!!!

I agree about those guitars... The top on this one and the colour is stunning!!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/7996652922_b842ae26be_b.jpg

alantig
09-18-2012, 03:34 PM
Sorry I missed you, Vaughn. Cool pics - great to see things again from the perspective of a first-timer. My wife teases me about how many pics I take each year (only about 700 this year - I skipped pics of quite a few things). The last couple years, I've only done a few areas of the factory in any detail, electronics is one. This is the first year I didn't take a picture of the guitars in a finish rack - that's almost a tradition with me.

I've never gotten a pic w/Bev, but I make it a point to thank her each year. Somehow, she hasn't been able to elude me yet, but I give it two more years before she quits trying and just gets a restraining order!

Canadian PRSGUY
09-18-2012, 04:17 PM
Tim

veinbuster
09-18-2012, 04:22 PM
Great pictures.

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 05:09 PM
Alan, I believe we were in the lobby at the same time- you were at Hilton Gardens, no? I'm a rather quiet guy til I get to know people...then it's hard to keep me from yapping non-stop, especially about guitars! Lol

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 05:12 PM
Tim, track me down for a couple beers next year. Thanks again!

butterfly
09-18-2012, 06:27 PM
Great pics...brings it right back.

Rango
09-18-2012, 07:25 PM
Great Pics THANKS FOR POSTING! :D





Tables set up where you can try your hand at staining some scrap wood(not those bodies pictured) - very cool.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8295/7996683384_870bf57dba_b.jpg

So how do they keep the stain off the binding!? I've always wondered that.... Painter's tape?

Oh and second dibs behind Jedi on that body on the right! WOW :D

PRS needs to have "Concierge" to help find such guitars....

Before you Poo Poo the idea TAYLOR has one.... Oh ya, I said it... I used the "T" word... Dropped a "T" bomb! :D LOL!!


sorry, It's been a long day and I'm asleep on my feet. ;)

newfmp3
09-18-2012, 07:32 PM
OMG that ice tea sunburst and figured top is phenomenal.....where is that guitar headed?

I'll fight ya for it LOL! i love it

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 09:56 PM
Great Pics THANKS FOR POSTING! :D



So how do they keep the stain off the binding!? I've always wondered that.... Painter's tape?


Funny you ask, that's what I assumed. But as I walked by someone staining an eriza verde top, there was no tape. I was on my way to somewhere else so I didn't get a chance to ask and I never made it back:( Just more proof I needed more time to spend at each step of the process!
Wish I had an answer but I don't know!

vchizzle
09-18-2012, 10:27 PM
Here was my attempt at a "frostbite" style stain. I didn't get the transition going into the more natural part as smooth as I would've liked, but it was my 1st shot...and I was pretty clueless as to how it was done:biggrin:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8444/8001883538_6753629f4c_b.jpg

Was going for something like:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/7985351333_e65d6e957c_b.jpg

alexm
09-18-2012, 11:23 PM
Here was my attempt at a "frostbite" style stain. I didn't get the transition going into the more natural part as smooth as I would've liked, but it was my 1st shot...and I was pretty clueless as to how it was done:biggrin:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8444/8001883538_6753629f4c_b.jpg
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It takes a few tries to get it perfect, I went through that learning process last year. It is mostly about wiping the stain off after you put it on but once you get it then you can do it every time.


While I imagine that my dad and I are the only people who find the wood-staining part the highlight of Experience, it was awesome to be able to pull some cut up bodies out of the bins this year and stain them instead of just the cutouts that they usually have.

We found 4 complete bodies and one 5/6th of a body. We didn't realize that there were whole guitars until after people had taken some of the horns out of the bins so there were many more to be had at the beginning of the day.

http://i.imgur.com/1rc8l.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/1pqpA.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Md5aO.jpg

Did a take on Electric tiger on the single cut and an orange fade on the double cut. They look even better now that they are home and clear coated.

After refinishing some cheap other brand plywood guitars since last year's Experience it was a dream to stain the whole body with PRS wood.

vchizzle
09-19-2012, 12:30 AM
Great pics...brings it right back.


It takes a few tries to get it perfect, I went through that learning process last year. It is mostly about wiping the stain off after you put it on but once you get it then you can do it every time.


While I imagine that my dad and I are the only people who find the wood-staining part the highlight of Experience, it was awesome to be able to pull some cut up bodies out of the bins this year and stain them instead of just the cutouts that they usually have.

We found 4 complete bodies and one 5/6th of a body. We didn't realize that there were whole guitars until after people had taken some of the horns out of the bins so there were many more to be had at the beginning of the day.

http://i.imgur.com/1rc8l.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/1pqpA.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Md5aO.jpg

Did a take on Electric tiger on the single cut and an orange fade on the double cut. They look even better now that they are home and clear coated.

After refinishing some cheap other brand plywood guitars since last year's Experience it was a dream to stain the whole body with PRS wood.

Ahhh!!! I was searching for any chunk of an actual body! I got there way too late though - hopefully next year!

Rango
09-19-2012, 01:32 AM
SO WHY WHERE THEY CUT UP!

I wanted to cry.... :o

wilerty
09-19-2012, 08:16 AM
SO WHY WHERE THEY CUT UP!

I wanted to cry.... :o

About four guitars a day get cut up because of some flaw or imperfection.

alexm
09-19-2012, 09:54 AM
About four guitars a day get cut up because of some flaw or imperfection.

The singlecut had a broken drill bit in one of the pickup ring mounting holes and the other one had a big gouge that was naturally in the wood that must have been exposed when they carved the top. None of the other ones had markings on them so who knows?

hendrik7
09-19-2012, 11:47 AM
Was going for something like:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/7985351333_e65d6e957c_b.jpg

WOHA! Where did you get this pic? What color is that!?!? That is one of the sexiest guitar I've ever seen.

vchizzle
09-19-2012, 11:59 AM
PRS Flickr page - they had pretty much all of the for sale guitars pictured there. It was at The Guitar Shop Canada table. Could contact Brent, not sure if it sold, it was still there Sunday. Was some variation of frostbite.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
09-19-2012, 01:55 PM
This guitar was the best of show, IMO. I have some great hi-res pics I'll post later tonight. As good as it looks in this picture, it was even better in person.



http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/7985351333_e65d6e957c_b.jpg

south89
09-19-2012, 02:03 PM
I would have to agree with you on that one Hans. I did a double take on that one everytime I walked by. Of course there was the olive P22 with 408's too.

alantig
09-19-2012, 08:53 PM
Alan, I believe we were in the lobby at the same time- you were at Hilton Gardens, no? I'm a rather quiet guy til I get to know people...then it's hard to keep me from yapping non-stop, especially about guitars! Lol

I was - but I didn't remember it being you getting up when Ron moved over by Jack. And I know what you mean - my wife teased me because I'm kind of quiet until I get comfortable with people (she calls it anti-social!), so she was almost beside herself watching me at Experience. It all started when we pulled into the hotel and I ran into Markie, Steve, Brian and crew before I even got to the door! The kicker might have been during Thursday's event - we got seats, and she went to get dinner. When she got back, I went to get something. When I came back, the third and final seat in our row was occupied and she was chatting to the guy in the seat. I heard her say something about "husband - and here he is now." The guy turned and said, "Oh, I didn't know you were with Alan!" The look on her face was priceless. I almost was expecting her to say "who ARE you?" at some point.

vchizzle
09-19-2012, 10:52 PM
I was - but I didn't remember it being you getting up when Ron moved over by Jack. And I know what you mean - my wife teased me because I'm kind of quiet until I get comfortable with people (she calls it anti-social!), so she was almost beside herself watching me at Experience. It all started when we pulled into the hotel and I ran into Markie, Steve, Brian and crew before I even got to the door! The kicker might have been during Thursday's event - we got seats, and she went to get dinner. When she got back, I went to get something. When I came back, the third and final seat in our row was occupied and she was chatting to the guy in the seat. I heard her say something about "husband - and here he is now." The guy turned and said, "Oh, I didn't know you were with Alan!" The look on her face was priceless. I almost was expecting her to say "who ARE you?" at some point.

Yeah, I went to have a smoke or something and let the old man(just kidding Ron! Lol) have my seat when I came back. I just sat on the floor by Jaimie's guitar, hoping he'd let me keep it if I sat there long enough. Hahahahaha!

alantig
09-20-2012, 08:55 AM
Maybe we weren't there at the same time - I was sitting on the floor next to Jamie (almost at the feet of the mod!). But I admit - I lost track of where the guitar was after it went through several pairs of hands. I don't remember if it went back to the case or not.

vchizzle
09-20-2012, 09:24 AM
Maybe we weren't there at the same time - I was sitting on the floor next to Jamie (almost at the feet of the mod!). But I admit - I lost track of where the guitar was after it went through several pairs of hands. I don't remember if it went back to the case or not.
Ha! I was sitting right in front of you, you were leaning against that wall/pillar or whatever was there.

Rango
09-20-2012, 10:11 AM
Funny you ask, that's what I assumed. But as I walked by someone staining an eriza verde top, there was no tape. I was on my way to somewhere else so I didn't get a chance to ask and I never made it back:( Just more proof I needed more time to spend at each step of the process!
Wish I had an answer but I don't know!
I might have to go next year so I can find out!
No other reason... Nothing else to see.... LOL!!!!!! :D

That frost guitar is amazing! I'm a sucker for a flame maple neck. What model is that?
I've been checking dealers to see who ended up with that one! ;)

Bill SAS 513
09-21-2012, 05:00 AM
Looks like you had a blast...The guests this year were all great...(ok, as they ALL have in years past.) Huge Thank you to PRS family for welcoming all of us into their home!!! From Rocki in the accessory booth to Bev , to the guys in PS helping us budding artists stain ...My son and I can't wait til next year!!!!!!!!

ronalr
09-21-2012, 07:45 AM
Ha! I was sitting right in front of you, you were leaning against that wall/pillar or whatever was there.

didn't you take some pictures in the lobby that night...did you post them anywhere......Jamie's guitar was outstanding btw....thanks for letting me touch it Jamie!!

ronalr
09-21-2012, 07:48 AM
Yeah, I went to have a smoke or something and let the old man(just kidding Ron! Lol) have my seat when I came back. I just sat on the floor by Jaimie's guitar, hoping he'd let me keep it if I sat there long enough. Hahahahaha!

Ha, no problem...once I started my social security I was officially old!!!!....lots of good perks though....young guys give you their seat...free coffee at McDonald's...and you can screw up guitar solo's and nobody insults you!!!!

vchizzle
09-21-2012, 08:45 AM
didn't you take some pictures in the lobby that night...did you post them anywhere......Jamie's guitar was outstanding btw....thanks for letting me touch it Jamie!!
No, I should've taken some pics in the lobby though.


Ha, no problem...once I started my social security I was officially old!!!!....lots of good perks though....young guys give you their seat...free coffee at McDonald's...and you can screw up guitar solo's and nobody insults you!!!!I'll have to remember the free coffee part :) Will be nice to have an excuse screwing up solos too. hahaha

vchizzle
09-21-2012, 08:53 AM
I might have to go next year so I can find out!
No other reason... Nothing else to see.... LOL!!!!!! :D

That frost guitar is amazing! I'm a sucker for a flame maple neck. What model is that?
I've been checking dealers to see who ended up with that one! ;)

Private Stock, I think a McCarty. It was at http://www.theguitarshop.ca/features.php?category=1 table. I don't think Brent has any EXP guitars listed there yet, so keep an eye out. Be surprised if that didn't sell though.

Rango
09-22-2012, 01:15 AM
Private Stock, I think a McCarty. It was at http://www.theguitarshop.ca/features.php?category=1 table. I don't think Brent has any EXP guitars listed there yet, so keep an eye out. Be surprised if that didn't sell though.

Probably good for my marriage if it did sell already! ;) But I will be keeping an eye out.... I've learned you have to move fast on stuff Brent has, I "though about it" a day to long on an Al D he had. :(

Thanks very much for the reply. :D

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
09-26-2012, 01:37 PM
Hey! This thread is famous! It made the newsletter!

:congrats:

vchizzle
09-26-2012, 02:42 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;23703']Hey! This thread is famous! It made the newsletter!

:congrats:
Oh??? Did I miss the newsletter somewhere?

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
09-26-2012, 02:48 PM
Oh??? Did I miss the newsletter somewhere?
It came via email. Are you on that mailing list?

james
09-26-2012, 03:09 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;23713']It came via email. Are you on that mailing list?



subscribe link:

http://prsguitars.com/newsletter/

vchizzle
09-26-2012, 04:36 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;23713']It came via email. Are you on that mailing list?



Thought so? I get emails but maybe that's just Sig Club email.

thanks!

subscribe link:

http://prsguitars.com/newsletter/
thanks James

vchizzle
09-26-2012, 07:09 PM
Just checked the link. Thank you PRS, I'm honored you put a link to my thread in the newsletter.

It got me thinking about that weekend and brightened an otherwise mundane day. The most surreal moment of the Experience was just before the pic of Paul, John McLaughlin, my friends & I. I went to shake Paul's hand, he grabbed my arm and showed John my bird tattoos. He said, "look at this John, now THAT'S dedication." I got goose bumps and Paul asked if it was because it was cool that morning or because I was talking to John? I half lied and said, "a little bit of both". When really, it was the gravity of that moment, speaking to 2 legendary people that made a huge impact on the music world by being innovators and masters of their craft. It gave me chills then, and again now just thing about it. I'm grateful I was able to experience that with 2 of my best friends.

Rosewoodsteel
09-30-2012, 10:50 PM
Great pictures!
Thanks for sharing.

Poffypoffa
09-30-2012, 11:52 PM
Hans, that link is to your personal newsletter. When I hit the "update newsletter preferences" button to see how to subscribe, it brought up all your personal info. May want to change the link.

BTW, now you're mostly into worship music. ;D. JK!

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
10-01-2012, 01:24 AM
Hans, that link is to your personal newsletter. When I hit the "update newsletter preferences" button to see how to subscribe, it brought up all your personal info. May want to change the link.
Thank you for pointing that out!!!! I deleted the link.

Chris528
11-04-2012, 09:07 AM
Thanks for sharing your experience.

I'm hoping to attend my first one next year