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01-21-2013, 04:11 PM
If you had to choose one PRS to represent the best model to ever leave Maryland, what would it be and why?

WEDGE
01-21-2013, 04:19 PM
This....and it's mine......but I am biased......because it is faded blue jean, has a brazzy neck, and it is sexy:)

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y199/wedgepaul/IMG_1127.jpg

Aeetus
01-21-2013, 04:22 PM
ME1... to me (pick ups aside) it has everything I like in a guitar, beautiful wood and colours in an understated but classy finish, excellent build and the beautiful rosewood necks... awesome! I just swapped out the bridge pick up on mine with a S.D Brobucker and it's more to my liking... the neck pick up I don't mind so I've left it.
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/photo113.jpg

andy474x
01-21-2013, 04:50 PM
If I had to pick from my small knowledge of the many models that have left Maryland, I would have to say one of the new AP Custom 22's with trem, RW neck, 57/08's, and pattern neck would probably take the cake for me. Why? Well, I think the 57/08's are my favorite pickups to date, the PRS trem is one of the best systems out there, the blade switch and combinations it provides are the best offered as of yet, and the V12 finish. However, that's coming from someone with a very limited knowledge of the many special run guitars, so I'm basing my pick only on the regular production models. The ME II would probably be a close second in my book, pretty similar to an AP CU22 but no blade switch. I'm sure there will be plenty of posts to follow that highlight some of the awesome special edition guitars out there, but I will say this: I think this discussion will definitely include a lot of the newer models, and that's something that PRS excels at compared to other big manufacturers. The production models have had a lot of updates, and GOOD ones at that. If you asked this question on a Gibson or Fender forum, you'd probably hear a lot about the stuff from way back, but I really think the PRS line is getting better every year!

Anyways, that's just my $.02. Now I'm gonna sit back and watch this thread to see what sweet guitars come up.

LJD
01-21-2013, 04:53 PM
Lately I'd say the Modern Eagle, but I think a 10 top Custom 24 is a great marker for the brand. It's been around for so long. The tremolo system, scale, playability, look... definitely an icon.

justmund
01-21-2013, 05:24 PM
For me it's the 513 BRW, I see this axe as one that embodies the brand. The innovation, the execution, the end product. They're desirable, they're rareish (especially here in Aus), they hold their value.

Damnit, I just gave myself GAS (again).

CantankerousCarl
01-21-2013, 05:40 PM
I think one of the new 408 Maple Tops with a rosewood neck and trem is where price, quality, tonality and versatility all intersect for PRS.

11top
01-21-2013, 05:44 PM
SC58 rosewood neck with 59/09s. I definitely prefer the shorter scale length.

cwhenke
01-21-2013, 05:46 PM
I think a Custom 24 in vintage yellow with birds is the definition of PRS. I don't think it's the best PRS ever, but it will always represent the company in my eyes because it was the platform for everything else.

TJIann
01-21-2013, 05:59 PM
Ted McCarty DC 245.

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01-21-2013, 06:04 PM
I think a Custom 24 in vintage yellow with birds is the definition of PRS. I don't think it's the best PRS ever, but it will always represent the company in my eyes because it was the platform for everything else.
I spent a lot of time working through that one myself, Clayton. That's the most iconic PRS for sure. But in the end, I'm really more in the McCarty camp than the CU24 Camp.

strat63
01-21-2013, 08:58 PM
For me it has to be a early Custom 24 with a sweet switch. I think Paul got it right in 85. There are other great models but I doubt we'd all be talking about PRS without the CU24. Just got done playing my McCarty so I am open to all sorts of PRS goodness.

butterfly
01-21-2013, 08:59 PM
CU 24 is a good call. Don't forget the,original Santana. Iconic PRS too.

LSchefman
01-21-2013, 10:12 PM
I've been a PRS player for 22 years. I've always put a lot of thought and research into the ones I've owned. I'm absolutely crazy about what I'm playing now. I do think they're the best PRSes ever.

And I can't for the life of me answer the question, except to cop out and say "all of them." :)

Seriously, if someone said, "You have to sell two and can keep only one," I'd have a nervous breakdown. It'd be like Sophie's Choice.

sergiodeblanc
01-21-2013, 10:34 PM
I think a Custom 24 in vintage yellow with birds is the definition of PRS. I don't think it's the best PRS ever, but it will always represent the company in my eyes because it was the platform for everything else.

Yes.

Egads
01-21-2013, 10:37 PM
Seriously, if someone said, "You have to sell two and can keep only one," I'd have a nervous breakdown. It'd be like Sophie's Choice.

Why? Which one did she choose? :flute:

Rango
01-21-2013, 11:56 PM
Where's HippieTim? His PS 408 with the Piezo
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa370/hippietim/Guitars/PS%20SA%20Signature%20P24/ee8993a6.jpg

I'd love one almost just like it... FBJ and Old Birds. ;)

MA Pete
01-22-2013, 01:00 AM
DC 245. After sampling 50+ PRSi, I am 100% certain this is the best PRS model EVER, for me!! Best ever for me re both tone and playability/feel!

I have owned more than a dozen of this awesome model, but now I have three great Private Stock examples of this guitar now, a Willcutt's Wood library DC Ted, and another DC 245 in the Oven with the Private Stock team. Love this model!! I am actually glad this model has never been a full production model, it makes it that much more special and rare for me! ;)

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-j5hLTjJmxGs/UCJ64NNpTpI/AAAAAAAACL4/9gU2qxEX4QE/s1152/PS%252007.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-TnhmDGI-x84/UGRfvmzrODI/AAAAAAAACeY/v5fbEhtMH5U/s1152/IMG_9720.jpeg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-py2Rabda_jo/UMwOBmCcUfI/AAAAAAAADKM/ebAyj0zJX4E/s1152/IMG_1742.jpeg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-o6j72mociMo/T45ChkiyhpI/AAAAAAAAAg8/H61IHEuyXQA/s1152/167216-3-1.jpg

MykeWright
01-22-2013, 02:31 AM
For me, it hasn't been made yet:

McCarty with Wide Fat perny neck, DGT frets, 57/08 pickups, 2 Vol, 1 Tone, 3-way selector and two mini-toggle coil taps. Undecided on stoptail, new 2-piece or 2Tek. Purple fade with transparent purple back and neck.

Twinfan
01-22-2013, 03:37 AM
The Collection V International. I can't put mine down. The 408 pickup system is absolutely superb, and the pernambuco neck gives a sepcial "something" that I find really hard to put into words. It's a 'feel and response' thing, rather than a simple 'tone' thing. I'm also a big fan of the colurs blue and green, so the blue-green Tourmaline Smoked Burst finish is just perfect:

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r267/junkacct/Guitar%20stuff/cid_0FC87B20-3F38-4F77-A916-F9CC7A45DFC5.jpg

Nodealcreel
01-22-2013, 06:32 AM
My Black Gold Burst P-22. After dropping the terribly high action a bit, it is the perfect tool to cover all the musical situations you can get into.
Thick neck tone for speaking deep jazzy chords, hot bridge for driving tubes, and Strat in between tones for fast chords. Oh, and that whole acoustic thing...! The color is do deep, it was exactly the one I saw in my head, and to open the case and see it in person... and the ten top...no words. I am sure there are finer models, examples of unique woods, but this one is my recommendation for the "one". It always makes me laugh to see you guys trying to decide the next model your going to mortgage the house over (which make Paul a happy man I'm sure) but I bet he'd smile to hear he built one that doesn't need a back up to cover different ground.

aduayer
01-22-2013, 07:03 AM
ME1... to me (pick ups aside) it has everything I like in a guitar, beautiful wood and colours in an understated but classy finish, excellent build and the beautiful rosewood necks... awesome! I just swapped out the bridge pick up on mine with a S.D Brobucker and it's more to my liking... the neck pick up I don't mind so I've left it.
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/photo113.jpg

agree 100%. pick ups aside...so, I'd say the NOS ME1 with the updates and etc would be it

kingsleyd
01-22-2013, 07:32 AM
I guess it depends on what one means by "best." I would interpret that, and the spirit of the OP, to imply something along the lines of most emblematic of/representative of PRS. In that case, I'd have to lean toward something with the archetypal double-cutaway body shape and 25-inch scale, since those to me are the "essence of PRS" as opposed to PRS trying to please die-hard Gibson players (or listeners) with things like the single-cutaway models and 24.5 (sic) inch scales. (said with all due respect to those guitars!)

With that in mind, I think it's a moving target over the history of PRS. I'd draw a line through the original VY Customs, the ME1s, then maybe Paul's 28 followed by the Collection guitars, in particular v.5 with the 408 since that's an evolution of the pickups that seems very important to PRSH. If we want to limit it to production guitars, then I'd give the nod to the production 408.

SuperFly53
01-22-2013, 07:47 AM
I would have to say the McCarty. Its direct lineage includes the ME series, the DGT, The Sig Ltd and 408s....

Proxmax
01-22-2013, 07:48 AM
yes, the McRosie with 5909s. http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t336/proxmax/smilie_sabber.gif

LSchefman
01-22-2013, 10:12 AM
Why? Which one did she choose? :flute:

Ha!

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01-22-2013, 10:57 AM
Only one thing keeps me from voting for the Violin straight out; the finished neck. Raw rosewood necks just feel perfect to me.

A BRW McCarty with all of the current tweaks and 57/08's or 59/09's is the clear winner (for me) but that's doesn't represent the Ultimate PRS model. It represents the Ultimate PRS after modifications.

So I guess my vote is for the Violin (US version). The again, is a limited run from Private Stock a 'production' guitar? Perhaps I'm back to the BRW McCarty.

BostonGuitar
01-22-2013, 11:47 AM
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/BostonGuitar/d9bc0e610f94d66fe1d6edf4cf695722.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/BostonGuitar/709F4D57-93A2-47C7-8F0D-DF59352E55B2-3879-000003424C9C8C3B.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/BostonGuitar/DoubleDGTs067.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/BostonGuitar/PairofDiGiTs010.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/BostonGuitar/2bff7d7e.jpg

veinbuster
01-22-2013, 03:40 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;43207']Only one thing keeps me from voting for the Violin straight out; the finished neck. Raw rosewood necks just feel perfect to me.

A BRW McCarty with all of the current tweaks and 57/08's or 59/09's is the clear winner (for me) but that's doesn't represent the Ultimate PRS model. It represents the Ultimate PRS after modifications.

So I guess my vote is for the Violin (US version). The again, is a limited run from Private Stock a 'production' guitar? Perhaps I'm back to the BRW McCarty.
So can I vote for the violin prototype which was made with Braz?
If not, McCarty with the pickup of the moment - probably 59/09 this instant.

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01-22-2013, 03:50 PM
So can I vote for the violin prototype which was made with Braz?
If not, McCarty with the pickup of the moment - probably 59/09 this instant.

Pics or it never happened! :cheers:

aduayer
01-22-2013, 04:03 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;43281']Pics or it never happened! :cheers:

I saw it, I post it!
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8171/8044422462_d5c3bf54e9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8044422462/)
Violin Gtr Proto2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8044422462/) por aduayer (http://www.flickr.com/people/73286327@N07/), no Flickr

if it smells like BRW, it is BRW neck and fretboard
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8042/8044414957_7517bdf94f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8044414957/)
Violin gtr proto (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8044414957/) por aduayer (http://www.flickr.com/people/73286327@N07/), no Flickr

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
01-22-2013, 04:19 PM
MORE! MORE!

LSchefman
01-22-2013, 05:51 PM
"Are you coming to dinner dear? It's ready."

"I'm sorry, I can't. I'm doing some thing really important."

"What?"

"I'm on the internet trying to decide which guitar is my favorite PRS of all time."

"Uh-huh. I see. How's that going for ya?"

"I don't know. I can't answer the question. If I say the SC58, I start thinking about the A-V neck. And then I want to say the pickups on the Sig, but I start realizing that I love the bridge on the 58. Of course, that immediately brings to mind the tremolo on the..."

"Maybe you should spend a little less time on the internet."

"I can't. We're working on a novel."

veinbuster
01-22-2013, 06:07 PM
http://mrpetesays.com/music/images/CK_24ViolaNeckDetail.JPG
http://mrpetesays.com/music/images/CK_04ViolaTopDetail.JPG

38Roars
01-22-2013, 06:20 PM
^^^^HOT^^^^!!!!!

cwhenke
01-22-2013, 07:40 PM
Man, I don't kow if there's a dibs line for that one, but I'd like to start it if there isn't one.

RedGuitars
01-22-2013, 07:43 PM
DC 245. After sampling 50+ PRSi, I am 100% certain this is the best PRS model EVER, for me!! Best ever for me re both tone and playability/feel!

I have owned more than a dozen of this awesome model, but now I have three great Private Stock examples of this guitar now, a Willcutt's Wood library DC Ted, and another DC 245 in the Oven with the Private Stock team. Love this model!! I am actually glad this model has never been a full production model, it makes it that much more special and rare for me! ;)



https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-TnhmDGI-x84/UGRfvmzrODI/AAAAAAAACeY/v5fbEhtMH5U/s1152/IMG_9720.jpeg





This one...

LSchefman
01-22-2013, 08:33 PM
I have owned more than a dozen of this awesome model, but now I have three great Private Stock examples of this guitar now, a Willcutt's Wood library DC Ted, and another DC 245 in the Oven with the Private Stock team. Love this model!! I am actually glad this model has never been a full production model, it makes it that much more special and rare for me!

Pete, at the rate you're having them cranked out, they won't be rare any more!

But yours sure are gorgeous!!

Buildermike
01-22-2013, 09:05 PM
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/BostonGuitar/PairofDiGiTs010.jpg

Well that black DGT looks familiar ;)

BostonGuitar
01-22-2013, 10:46 PM
Well that black DGT looks familiar ;)

Black for Burst? :cool:

tabl10s
01-22-2013, 11:23 PM
I was just thinking if this configuration could be done.

Jazzedout
01-23-2013, 02:14 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;42995']If you had to choose one PRS to represent the best model to ever leave Maryland, what would it be and why?

I believe that it would have to be the Custom 24. for several reasons.
1) This is the guitar that built the whole PRS brand.
2) This has been in non-stop production since 1985.
3) Most people that grab one usually feel right at home with it. (at least everyone that has tried mine, regardless of the genre of music, or type of the guitar they normally use)

Now, If I was to dream about an ultimate PRS I would want a Collection V International with 24 frets and a trem... :)

LindseyP
01-23-2013, 03:21 AM
I think a Custom 24 in vintage yellow with birds is the definition of PRS. I don't think it's the best PRS ever, but it will always represent the company in my eyes because it was the platform for everything else.

^^This^^. Beat me to it. With a Sweet Switch. First guitar that actually made me go to the store, buy an instrument and take guitar playing seriously.

hippietim
01-23-2013, 06:52 AM
Where's HippieTim? His PS 408 with the Piezo
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa370/hippietim/Guitars/PS%20SA%20Signature%20P24/ee8993a6.jpg

I'd love one almost just like it... FBJ and Old Birds. ;)

This one would probably be it for me too :)

MA Pete
01-24-2013, 12:12 AM
This one...
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-TnhmDGI-x84/UGRfvmzrODI/AAAAAAAACeY/v5fbEhtMH5U/s1152/IMG_9720.jpeg


That sure is a great one!! ;)

mariosebastian
01-24-2013, 12:17 AM
http://www.prsguitars.com/artist/profiles/mariosebastian/5.jpg

Proxmax
01-24-2013, 04:33 AM
http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t336/proxmax/Desktop-1.jpg
http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t336/proxmax/PUs-gold.jpg

Brad737
01-24-2013, 08:36 AM
To me, it's pretty cut and dried. The most iconic is the Vintage Yellow Custom 24 with Birds. For me, the ultimate PRS is the ME1.

Egads
01-24-2013, 11:14 AM
This one would probably be it for me too :)

Yep. Me, too!

LSchefman
01-24-2013, 12:31 PM
OK, I have my answer.

There isn't just one, ultimate PRS. If there was, why would any of us play more?

It's like this: What's the ultimate paintbrush of you're an artist? You need one for details and thin lines, one for broad strokes, one for feathering, etc..

Different musical needs, different styles, different players require different choices. There can't be one. There are many. There HAVE to be many. :)