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Brad737
02-09-2013, 10:29 AM
Hello all,

My only experience with Private Stocks thus far have been with existing (i.e. used) guitars. With the recent availability of some Brazilian rosewood, I'd like to place an order before the BRW is gone forever. I'm having a bit of trouble deciding exactly what specs I want...mostly in the bling department. For those who have ordered a Private Stock in the past, are there any recommendations? Things you'd do differently? Any pics of cool artistic touches?

First and foremost, I want this to be a tone monster. Of course, I want it to be gorgeous, cuz they ain't cheap! But if it sounds like crap, it's all for naught. What I'm thinking so far is basically a short-scale Modern Eagle 1, but dressed up a little.

DC245 (with the normal headstock...not the "Santana style")
BRW neck (obviously! :biggrin:)
Wide-Fat carve with very-slightly rounded shoulders
Stainless steel frets (Is that an option?)
Modern Eagle tuners (slightly different than Phase II, extra stabilizer screw...NOT open-back)
I want a Mann-Made trem...1-piece! Brass saddles?
Obeche body
Quilted maple top
Vintage Yellow finish...anyone seen one in Satin? I'm thinking maybe just gloss the top...

Tonewise, something simple...McCarty electronics, with Zebra pickups. 59/09 bridge, 53/10 neck. (Non-squabbin!)

By the way, here's the top I've selected:

http://i1307.photobucket.com/albums/s592/PRSGuitars/DSCF2339_zpsabed2cef.jpg

Here's where I'm getting stuck...

Part of me wants it to look Old School with plain Mother of Pearl Birds. But then I think this is a special guitar, so I should dress her up. Perhaps abalone inlays? Just enough to dress her up from a normal ME1? Then I see stuff like Americana Birds and Artist III purfling. Decisions, decisions...

Any recommendations and photos will be much appreciated!

Thanks,
Brad

LSchefman
02-09-2013, 10:47 AM
Hi Brad - not that I'm huge on bling, but I think the purfling on the fretboard of the Artist V and the inlays are pretty darn nice (if memory serves, the birds are paua heart with mop outlines):

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i332/lschefman/DSC_0448.jpg

jcha008
02-09-2013, 11:24 AM
Very awesome woods you selected there! I'm not sure if stainless steel is on option on frets. I know the PTC doesn't offer them, but I'm sure if you flash the $$$ private stock will do it :D.

On the topic of inlays, have you considered maybe having mother of pearl J-birds, with a colored center that matches your finish? I always like that route. But so far, my favorite option is probably maple binding all round, but I know some aren't into binding.

Oh, also purfling like the Artist V above is quite nice.

veinbuster
02-09-2013, 12:57 PM
Great wood selection you have. First off in the bling department, I feel the private stock finishes are so spectacular that they are bling on their own, so I don't add much to it. I used mixed hardware because I like the silver and gold and feel like it stands out from a stock guitar a bit.
Here is a neck with the Americana birds. They aren't used very often so give the guitar a special look.
http://mrpetesays.com/music/images/CK_191SpaltNeck.JPG
As already mentioned, birds with outlines are a nice way to go. Any coloured mother of pearl with a white MOP outline looks great.

and on a dark neck, mammoth ivory is quite excellent
http://mrpetesays.com/music/images/CK_3550ViolaFingerboard.jpeg

veinbuster
02-09-2013, 01:03 PM
I forgot about the satin question.
You don't see many satin private stocks, the gloss really does look like it was dipped in glass and has a very rich look to it. I like the satin guitars I have, but I don't think I would go that way with a private stock. That said, it you thought you wanted satin, it is a reversible decision, because PTC has done great gloss jobs on satin guitars.

Brad737
02-09-2013, 01:08 PM
I've decided against Americana birds. I really like them, but I'm leaning towards Artist III purfling. Has anyone see figured maple binding with purfling? That could either be awesome, or too much.

Brad737
02-09-2013, 01:47 PM
Alright, I'm getting there. Definitely going with a thin glossy nitro.

jcha008
02-09-2013, 01:55 PM
While the binding is not maple, it gives an idea of what it would look like.

http://willcuttguitars.com/product%20images/021611/115289-7.jpg

I also think these birds will work real well with a yellow finish.

http://willcuttguitars.com/product%20images/122211/183647-9.jpg

JMintzer
02-09-2013, 02:37 PM
Dark BRW looks great with Mammoth Ivory and Gold Surrounds...

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2270/702387/1177068/324519405.jpg


Jamie

Brad737
02-09-2013, 03:08 PM
I think that looks killer, but I'd prefer that on an acoustic. I'll definitely stick with just purfling.


While the binding is not maple, it gives an idea of what it would look like.

http://willcuttguitars.com/product%20images/021611/115289-7.jpg

I also think these birds will work real well with a yellow finish.

http://willcuttguitars.com/product%20images/122211/183647-9.jpg

jfb
02-09-2013, 04:36 PM
I went outlined old birds. Gold MOP inside with White MOP outline. Both Brent and Paul M. Suggested this combo. Later the same day in PS area I scoped a neck that looked awesome. I thought this would have been great for my build. I got closer...same as I had just spec'd. These guys know what works.

CHARISMAFIRE
02-09-2013, 05:45 PM
Yellow and blue makes green. If you really want to be sick, you could go with a yellow fading into green fading into blue dragon's breath! Also you can have them purf the body too. I'm awaiting my second PS and considering a third. One thing I can say from the experience is DON'T skimp!!! Go for it ALL the way. When you are spending that much bread, you will NOT regret a little extra to get the spectacular.

Brad737
02-09-2013, 06:10 PM
Very classy!


Dark BRW looks great with Mammoth Ivory and Gold Surrounds...

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2270/702387/1177068/324519405.jpg


Jamie

Neeeyo
02-09-2013, 06:23 PM
If you're spending the extra dough for a PS, might as well get one with a Peruvian/South American Mahogany body and neck. Doubt if it'll make a difference tone wise, especially with a maple top, but hey, you'll have an extra rare, special instrument with Peruvian.

butterfly
02-09-2013, 07:31 PM
I've never ordered a PS, but wanted to say the one you are ordering sounds like a dream guitar.

wilerty
02-10-2013, 09:30 AM
We each have our own tastes when it comes to finishes. I have always like Paua heart inlays, so I went with original birds with no outline on the fretboard and a silver boarder around the PS headstock eagle. Having a headstock veneer made out of the same material as the top, which in this case was redwood burl, is also nice. Think about a matching TRC also ...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/wilerty/Private%20Stock%203568/IMG_0297.jpg

Brad737
02-10-2013, 09:45 PM
Bill,
Where's the rest of the guitar??? :) The headstock is beautiful...looks like real flames!



We each have our own tastes when it comes to finishes. I have always like Paua heart inlays, so I went with original birds with no outline on the fretboard and a silver boarder around the PS headstock eagle. Having a headstock veneer made out of the same material as the top, which in this case was redwood burl, is also nice. Think about a matching TRC also ...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/wilerty/Private%20Stock%203568/IMG_0297.jpg

iahawk36
02-10-2013, 10:10 PM
I went with Paua too, because I didn't want TOO much bling...just enough and I couldn't be happier....

http://i858.photobucket.com/albums/ab143/iahawk36/068.jpg

wilerty
02-11-2013, 11:06 AM
Bill,
Where's the rest of the guitar??? :) The headstock is beautiful...looks like real flames!

Flames ...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/wilerty/Private%20Stock%203568/IMG_0315.jpg

Brad737
02-11-2013, 11:21 AM
Oh
My
God!!!


Flames ...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/wilerty/Private%20Stock%203568/IMG_0315.jpg

Brad737
02-11-2013, 12:25 PM
I want a Swamp Ash Special with THAT neck on it!



I went with Paua too, because I didn't want TOO much bling...just enough and I couldn't be happier....

http://i858.photobucket.com/albums/ab143/iahawk36/068.jpg

Brad737
02-16-2013, 09:56 AM
Well, I changed my mind on a few things, but my spec was approved. I really do think it's going to be amazing.

She's still going to be a Modern Eagle 245 Artist. I went with thin Paua purfling on the headstock, fretboard, and truss rod cover, thick Paua purfling around the body, Old Birds made of Paua with thin MOP outlines. I'm getting stainless steel frets, the one-piece MannMade trem with unfinished brass saddles, and hybrid ME1 hardware. The only other bling was BRW backplates.

As for the finish, I originally wanted to get it finished in Vintage Yellow. However, I felt like the red back would clash too much with the really dark (almost black) BRW neck. I looked at probably 500 Private Stocks. I just kept getting drawn back to "Tiger Eye - Lobby Burst". Since I went with a dark finish, I dropped the idea of zebra pickups, and went with brushed nickel covers, 59/09 bridge and 53/10 neck.

Here's an example of the finish I selected. I think it looks rich and classy, and really makes the grain pop!

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l111/bradspence/D04C6B72-A73C-491E-BB86-E3E71E46EAA4-9627-0000055E387FDDC4_zpsfd4f1456.jpg

I think my finish will look amazing with the dark neck. And I'm still going to get my Yellow Brazilian. I just ordered a Brazilian 408 in Santana yellow! I can't wait for May!!!

jfb
02-16-2013, 10:30 AM
Screaming build. And a Braz 408?! You sir are on a roll. Can't wait to see 'em. :top:

veinbuster
02-16-2013, 05:03 PM
Screaming build. And a Braz 408?! You sir are on a roll. Can't wait to see 'em. :top:

Yes sir.
Great choices.