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Daniel
12-03-2012, 09:46 PM
What would you like to see as the next acoustic production model built in the U.S.?

A variant on the two current models with different woods (I like redwood tops)?
A different body size such as an OOO with 12th fret neck join?
A twelve string?
A uke?
Something else altogether?

Let's hear about what you'd buy if PRS built it.

markie
12-03-2012, 09:54 PM
I like the 12 String idea!

sergiodeblanc
12-03-2012, 10:08 PM
Paco de Lucia Flamenco model.

Dirty Bob
12-03-2012, 10:18 PM
Paco de Lucia Flamenco model.

"Friday Night in San Francisco" may just be the best Acoustic guitar album ever. if PRS secures him the Trifecta is complete!

sergiodeblanc
12-03-2012, 10:40 PM
"Friday Night in San Francisco" may just be the best Acoustic guitar album ever. if PRS secures him the Trifecta is complete!

I have mentioned this several times and have even started a thread about. http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthread.php?2124-Where-is-the-PRS-nylon-and-who-s-calling-Paco

please help.:beer:

Daniel
12-03-2012, 11:04 PM
I have mentioned this several times and have even started a thread about. http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthread.php?2124-Where-is-the-PRS-nylon-and-who-s-calling-Paco

please help.:beer:

It was your thread about the nylon-string that got me thinking about this.

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12-03-2012, 11:13 PM
I like the 12 String idea!
The jumbo variety, please. With an arched maple back. And... the PRS carbon rod in the neck.

hoofarted
12-04-2012, 12:01 AM
I'd really like to see a mid-level production model. The SE's look very cool for their price range (still have not been able to demo one), and the Angelus/Tonare are pure bliss. With that being said, there is a huge market gap between the two. One model being under a thousand, the other $5K+. I'd love to see a production model somewhere in the 2-3K range. For now, I'm happy playing Taylors, but would love to have a PRS acoustic in the collection. I picked up a brand new 814ce in the mid 2K's this summer, seems like PRS could make something comparable in that neighborhood?

Obviously, there's so much more to take into account, like the tooling costs for setting up an acoustic assembly process. Other manufacturers who primarily make acoustics have an advantage there, PRS needs to recoup those costs, I get it. Down the line...preferably in 2.5 years when I'm out of school....think about it!

I'd love to see something like this: Ovangkol back/sides, spruce top, mahog neck, some nice ornamentation-but not too much, PIII non-lockers, new style birds (even moons), ebony board-bridge, standard cases...maybe some finish options...and a street price sub $3,000?

Twinfan
12-04-2012, 05:22 AM
I'd really like to see a mid-level production model. ... I'd love to see a production model somewhere in the 2-3K range.

Beat me to it - my thoughts exactly. I only very occasionally play acoustic, and I'd like a US production guitar but not at 3500.

veinbuster
12-04-2012, 07:30 AM
Paco de Lucia Flamenco model.

I'd take one.
I've been resisting the urge for a flamenco for a little while now.

t.shamone
12-04-2012, 04:16 PM
Paco de Lucia Flamenco model.

If it has electronics, I'm out.

Danerada
12-04-2012, 04:25 PM
All hog OM body style with 12 fret neck join. No frills except maple body binding. Bone nut and saddle, moon inlays in a dark rosewood fingerboard (or cocobolo), phase III tuners, 1 3/4" nut width, maple soundhole inlay, satin finish.

sergiodeblanc
12-04-2012, 04:32 PM
If it has electronics, I'm out.

But of course! No cutaway either.

Bret
12-08-2012, 04:21 PM
One that I can afford without being Korean. (SE) It would be nice to have an American affordable option.

LSchefman
12-08-2012, 09:14 PM
One that I can afford without being Korean. (SE) It would be nice to have an American affordable option.

I'm assuming you've played one of the Maryland acoustics, so you know how incredible they are in every way. I would hate to see the acoustic line watered down to become less than what they are now.

When buying one, I was certainly concerned about the price, but decided it was worth waiting/saving for. I like that they're made to such a high standard.

Just my two cents, and I completely understand the desire to own a US-made PRS.

themike
12-09-2012, 01:05 AM
- 2013 CE line
- US 7 String Custom 24
- Piezo Trem
- Singlecut 408

newfmp3
12-10-2012, 03:15 PM
doesn't matter to me because PRS Acoustics are completely un-obtainable to me. Just completely way out there price wise. I consider taylors and Breedloves to be overpriced but they look affordable by PRS standards.

That being said, while I haven not played one they look absolutely stunning. If it plays and sounds as good as they look - My dream guitar ( as I have mentioned many times here already) that I'll never own.

LSchefman
12-12-2012, 10:16 AM
doesn't matter to me because PRS Acoustics are completely un-obtainable to me. Just completely way out there price wise. I consider taylors and Breedloves to be overpriced but they look affordable by PRS standards.

That being said, while I haven not played one they look absolutely stunning. If it plays and sounds as good as they look - My dream guitar ( as I have mentioned many times here already) that I'll never own.

There is a very significant difference between a USA PRS acoustic and even a very nice Taylor or Breedlove, as unlikely as that sounds. I've owned very high end and limited run Taylors, Collings, and Martins.

Each has its charms. Each is superb. But the PRS acoustics are simply on another planet.

As my son said handing mine back to me after playing it, "My Taylor is just a wood plank in comparison."

aduayer
12-12-2012, 10:23 AM
- 2013 CE line
- US 7 String Custom 24
- Piezo Trem
- Singlecut 408

The Piezo trem and the SC 408 would be more then awesome, specially if it's a 408 SC piezo term...LOL
I could see a JA15 with 408 electronics too

Daniel
12-12-2012, 11:43 PM
- 2013 CE line
- US 7 String Custom 24
- Piezo Trem
- Singlecut 408

Those would make for some strange looking acoustics! :biggrin:

Bret
12-13-2012, 11:43 PM
doesn't matter to me because PRS Acoustics are completely un-obtainable to me. Just completely way out there price wise. I consider taylors and Breedloves to be overpriced but they look affordable by PRS standards.

That being said, while I haven not played one they look absolutely stunning. If it plays and sounds as good as they look - My dream guitar ( as I have mentioned many times here already) that I'll never own.
Take a look at Larrivee

LSchefman
12-14-2012, 10:22 AM
Take a look at Larrivee

Larrivees are nice guitars, I agree. I had one of their high end models when they first were introduced in the US.

Not even close to the same sonic league as a PRS acoustic, though.

hoofarted
12-18-2012, 10:27 AM
There is a very significant difference between a USA PRS acoustic and even a very nice Taylor or Breedlove, as unlikely as that sounds. I've owned very high end and limited run Taylors, Collings, and Martins.

Each has its charms. Each is superb. But the PRS acoustics are simply on another planet.

As my son said handing mine back to me after playing it, "My Taylor is just a wood plank in comparison."


Each is very different. I like his reaction, although Taylor's are still darn nice! :biggrin: A wood plank....but a very pretty and good great sounding one at that!

I own a high-end Taylor and thankfully have a local store that carries pieces from the acoustic line (Elderly's...great store!). The Angelus I've played is spectacular. What makes it good? I don't know, magic dust I guess. "Another planet" is so true, and not just because the sound/craftsmanship are so outstanding, there are plenty of high-end acoustics out there. It's because they truly are their own thing. They're not another high-end acoustic. They were engineered and built to be a PRS Acoustic. Upon first strum, its readily apparent these are something special.

As a player, I know I have to follow my ears. Win for PRS there. Unfortunately, like many, I also let my eyes and wallet make some of the decisions. If I was in the ~$5K range for a new acoustic, I would have a hard time taking the PRS over a Taylor Presentation. Or, just buying a 914 and using the rest of the $ for a new amp and pedals. I love the Angelus, but I'd have a hard time plunking down that kind of cash for a guitar that has the aesthetics of a 7-800 series Taylor.

Full disclosure: In a perfect world, I'd just have both! :top:

tabl10s
12-29-2012, 01:37 AM
The Piezo trem and the SC 408 would be more then awesome, specially if it's a 408 SC piezo term...LOL
I could see a JA15 with 408 electronics too


I'd like a Hollowbody SC w/R'Wood neck, Piezo and 408 PuP's,

Daniel
01-02-2013, 12:43 AM
I'd like a Hollowbody SC w/R'Wood neck, Piezo and 408 PuP's,

Well, a solid body wouldn't be much of an acoustic! :confused:

themike
01-02-2013, 10:10 AM
Those would make for some strange looking acoustics! :biggrin:

Ugh, thats what I get for reading too fast. Sorry for totally @#%ing up your thread man! hahahha

Daniel
01-02-2013, 11:11 AM
Ugh, thats what I get for reading too fast. Sorry for totally @#%ing up your thread man! hahahha

Well I hope you're happy. You went and totally buggered the whole thing up. Now it's useless. I might as well just delete the whole damn thing and forget about it. My dream of creating the most famous thread in internet forum history is dashed. What will I ever do now?

:laugh:

LSchefman
01-02-2013, 11:31 AM
I love the Angelus, but I'd have a hard time plunking down that kind of cash for a guitar that has the aesthetics of a 7-800 series Taylor.

I've had several 800 and 900 series Taylors...this is a taste thing, so take these comments as you will.

If you buy a guitar with your eyes (in the case of Taylors I'm guilty!), or because you like the playability, Taylors are great. I don't think they're on the same sonic plane as Collings, or some of the other builders.

Having also had higher-end Collings, Martins, and a Larrivee over the years, I prefer the more traditional methods of construction over a bolt-on for richness of sound, especially for recording. I find that Taylors don't satisfy.

Regardless, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind that the PRS acoustics coming out of Maryland are the finest sounding acoustic guitars I've ever played; live with one, and it becomes even more apparent that they're just special instruments.

As for decor, there's a richness of the materials and simplicity of design in a PRS that just works for me. You can hear the quality of the materials chosen, as well as liking their appearance.

In contrast, Taylor builds a nice guitar, slaps a bunch of bling on it, and calls it "better," and I say this because I don't often hear much of a difference between their high end and low end offerings. In other words, I've bought them and found myself regretting it.