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04-27-2012, 10:44 PM
One of the nicest people you will ever meet is Mr. Bud Davis of Elizabethton, Tennessee. Bud is best known for painting the original "Metal Model" paint jobs from the Magnificent 6 / NAMM 20 era through 1991. Not many people know that Bud is still out there in the world painting guitars!

Around 2008, he was commissioned to paint 10 (If memory serves me) Private Stock guitars in the Metal motif. I believe that one of them was remade or refinished so I'm not sure if the count should be 11 or not. Anyway, they are pretty neat.

A few years later I got my hands on an alder CE24 and sent it to Bud (via the PTC). While I asked Bud to "do whatever [he] wanted" in terms of the paint scheme, I did make one request - to base it loosely off the black and flamed '86 Metal model owned (at the time) by my brother Markie. It came out amazing. Later, I learned that there were others who had done the same before me - and there were more that followed.

Bud's work is the most copied motif in PRS history and the Metal Model is as popular as ever. Who knew that a design so slow to take off would become one of the most expensive vintage PRS guitars (if you can find one) today.

So, in honor of Mr. Davis, please post your Metal model.

From Left to right: '94 CE24 (refin), '86 Metal (original), Markie's '94 CU22 (refin)

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/CE24_Metal/3Metals.jpg

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/CE24_Metal/Bud_Davis_Metal_CE24.jpg

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/CE24_Metal/Metal3.jpg

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/CE24_Metal/Metal2.jpg

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/CE24_Metal/Metal4.jpg

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/CE24_Metal/Metal5.jpg

Dirty Bob
04-27-2012, 11:18 PM
Game on!
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/MetalFrontTape2.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/MetalFrontTape1.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/MetalSide.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/MetalFrontFlames.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/MetalFrontBlue.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/MetalBack.jpg

Dirty Bob
04-27-2012, 11:24 PM
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/DSC_0848.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/DSC_0846.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/DSC_0849.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/DSC_0824.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/DSC_0820.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/DSC_0819.jpg

Dirty Bob
04-27-2012, 11:38 PM
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/DSC_0817-Copy.jpg
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/Bud%20Davis%20metal%20project/DSC_0825.jpg

Most of you guys know the story...but quickly because my original story and public thanks were... well...misplaced (ahem)...This was my very first PRS. She was purchased new in 94. Unfortunately the guitar was stolen. I went through hell to get it back....finally succeeded years later in tracking her down. Life on the road hadn't been kind to her though...and the guitar sat in it's case a few more years before I got the courage to call Shawn to see what could be done...well these pictures speak volumes of what the PTC can do as craftsmen...and what Bud can do when left to his own creativity....but my goodness what cannot be conveyed is the tone and the playability...absolutely fantastic. Thank you again for all of the amazing effort, labor, and love that was put into the guitar. Bud Davis is a class act...and shared wonderful stories with me during this project...he takes amazing pride in his work...as he should. I hope I have another opportunity to work with him again down the line. The PTC guys...well you know I love ya. You are the best... Nobody is better! And to boot you made me feel like family. You won't find better people. Thank you again for making my Bud Davis/PTC Metal a reality.

Shawn@PRS
04-28-2012, 06:38 AM
Hey Hans and Bob,

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and Bud Davis. Both of these projects were a lot of fun and Bud's work on them is just jaw dropping!

There is one more sibling out there, so maybe our friend from Indiana will chime in and show us what he's got . :)

Dirty Bob
04-28-2012, 08:05 AM
I also wanted to say thank you to Hans and Markie...without you guys...I never would have thunk it!

Let's see some 2tek'd Bud Davis Metal! the cropping cut her off in the first picture!

markie
04-28-2012, 09:16 AM
I got this "94" from my buddy GCRon. This was Ron's personal Guitar & had stock Dragon 1 P-ups. The P-ups made it perfect for a metal (IMHO). I sent the Guitar to Seattle, where Hansen whacked a big-azzed hole in it & put a 2tek bridge in her. Hansen shipped the Guitar to Shawn & the PTC boys. They stripped, sanded, painted, spit, or whatever they do to get it ready for Bud. Shawn shipped it to Bud & Bud painted it. Bud shipped it back to the PTC where the boys did all the final buffing, set-up, & sprinkled Magic Dust on it for me. Then Shawn shipped it back to me. It was everything I had hoped for! FWIW: Bud is not so good with names anymore, but that's not so bad............. have fun with it!


Currently sporting a VR TR cover............ not pictured :D



http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n480/mark31059/custom%2022/Metal%202%20Tek%20-%20Bud%20Davis/96CU24019.jpg
http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n480/mark31059/custom%2022/Metal%202%20Tek%20-%20Bud%20Davis/96CU24026.jpg
http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n480/mark31059/custom%2022/Metal%202%20Tek%20-%20Bud%20Davis/96CU24035.jpg
http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n480/mark31059/custom%2022/Metal%202%20Tek%20-%20Bud%20Davis/96CU24033.jpg

LSchefman
04-28-2012, 01:48 PM
Pretty spectacular stuff, there, guys!

ducmike
04-28-2012, 02:25 PM
I never get tired of seeing Bud's work. Very cool stuff indeed.

Shawn@PRS
04-28-2012, 03:09 PM
Thanks for chiming in Markie, the trilogy is now complete

GC Ron
04-28-2012, 11:54 PM
Sniff, I miss that guitar, sniff sniff.


I got this "94" from my buddy GCRon. This was Ron's personal Guitar & had stock Dragon 1 P-ups. The P-ups made it perfect for a metal (IMHO). I sent the Guitar to Seattle, where Hansen whacked a big-azzed hole in it & put a 2tek bridge in her. Hansen shipped the Guitar to Shawn & the PTC boys. They stripped, sanded, painted, spit, or whatever they do to get it ready for Bud. Shawn shipped it to Bud & Bud painted it. Bud shipped it back to the PTC where the boys did all the final buffing, set-up, & sprinkled Magic Dust on it for me. Then Shawn shipped it back to me. It was everything I had hoped for! FWIW: Bud is not so good with names anymore, but that's not so bad............. have fun with it!


Currently sporting a VR TR cover............ not pictured :D



http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n480/mark31059/custom%2022/Metal%202%20Tek%20-%20Bud%20Davis/96CU24019.jpg
http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n480/mark31059/custom%2022/Metal%202%20Tek%20-%20Bud%20Davis/96CU24026.jpg
http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n480/mark31059/custom%2022/Metal%202%20Tek%20-%20Bud%20Davis/96CU24035.jpg
http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n480/mark31059/custom%2022/Metal%202%20Tek%20-%20Bud%20Davis/96CU24033.jpg

Dirty Bob
04-29-2012, 07:50 AM
Sniff, I miss that guitar, sniff sniff.


I would too Ron....but look at it this way...You've gone and done a good thing...I mean look at the life Markie was able to provide her!

Killer Markie...I love how sleek yours looks...Looks like a seriously fast machine. Hans yours knocks me out every time I see it....color choices are amazing!

Now where are pics of all those that have come before?

I know z has had a few...Markie is the proud owner of the one in the middle in the first shot...there were a bunch more that were contributed on the "other" forum...that single cut hollow body comes to mind...

kevphol
05-15-2012, 02:07 PM
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg269/kevphol/PRS/Metal/DSCN5349.jpg


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg269/kevphol/PRS/Metal/DSCN5314.jpg

Not mine but beautiful!

I was at one point in time collecting any pics I saw of "metal" paint jobs. I always thought I would decide on my favorite scheme and have one done. I haven't added to this in quite a while but here is an album containing several of them.

http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg269/kevphol/PRS/Metal/#!cpZZ1QQtppZZ20

Baimun
05-15-2012, 03:54 PM
This one is just photoshop right now... but someday.... :p

http://baimun.home.comcast.net/~baimun/metalflame.jpg

Brad737
09-09-2012, 09:03 PM
What's the going rate for a Metal paint job? I'd love to have a CE or SAS Metalized.

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09-09-2012, 09:22 PM
What's the going rate for a Metal paint job? I'd love to have a CE or SAS Metalized.
Bud's work requires initial prep and the final finishing by the PTC. If I were you, I'd email Shawn and have him put together some numbers.

It's not going to be cheap. Bud raised his fee considerably after he did mine. That said, it's nice to have a Bud Davis Metal in the collection.

Mike Duncan
09-09-2012, 10:02 PM
Wow! Bud Davis DGT? Yeah, that'd be über hot.

Boogie
09-09-2012, 10:21 PM
I love hearing these stories. Thanks for sharing, guys! :cool:

JMintzer
09-10-2012, 07:31 AM
Not a Bud Davis original, but my old "Metal Tribute" guitar, now moved on to a new owner...

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2270/702387/1177197/292304918.jpg


Jamie

Dirty Bob
09-10-2012, 11:15 AM
Dig the tribute Jamie...saw it hanging on the wall in your guitar room shot..was planning on asking you about it...very cool...hope it went to a good home. Who did the Metal job?

Dirty Bob
09-10-2012, 11:16 AM
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg269/kevphol/PRS/Metal/DSCN5349.jpg


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg269/kevphol/PRS/Metal/DSCN5314.jpg

Not mine but beautiful!

I was at one point in time collecting any pics I saw of "metal" paint jobs. I always thought I would decide on my favorite scheme and have one done. I haven't added to this in quite a while but here is an album containing several of them.

http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg269/kevphol/PRS/Metal/#!cpZZ1QQtppZZ20

Much more fun to have Bud do what he does best!!! At most maybe give him an indication of the base colors and let him go!

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09-10-2012, 11:27 AM
Much more fun to have Bud do what he does best!!! At most maybe give him an indication of the base colors and let him go!

Absolutely. Why would you want a duplicate when you can have an original?

docbennett
09-10-2012, 12:25 PM
My "Larry the Paintguy" Metal Tribute.....slowly becoming one of my longest owned PRS....can't bear to sell or trade it...it plays at good as it looks....



1994 PRS CU24 customized in color shifting paint...entire guitar from top to bottom...color shifts from purple to magenta to gold.

Link:

http://s871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/PRS%20metal/ (http://s871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/PRS%20metal/)

Shawn@PRS
09-10-2012, 01:44 PM
We just collaborated with Bud on a fourth Metal guitar. I didn’t get permission from the owner to post pics, so I’ll let him do it if he chooses.

Dirty Bob
09-10-2012, 05:09 PM
This could be my undoing...I might have to do another one.

JMintzer
09-10-2012, 05:14 PM
Dig the tribute Jamie...saw it hanging on the wall in your guitar room shot..was planning on asking you about it...very cool...hope it went to a good home. Who did the Metal job?

Don't remember...

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09-10-2012, 05:46 PM
Don't remember...

Really left an impression, eh?

Shawn@PRS
09-10-2012, 06:03 PM
IIRC, Paul Miles (Director of Private Stock) did the Metal Tribute guitars.

Dirty Bob
09-10-2012, 06:36 PM
I didn't know if it was an official tribute done in house or by another artist...Mr. Miles does amazing amazing work....you guys are lucky to have him.

JMintzer
09-10-2012, 06:37 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ©;21743']Really left an impression, eh?

No, I have a mental block for remembering names... Er, who are you again?

Shawn@PRS
09-10-2012, 07:11 PM
I didn't know if it was an official tribute done in house or by another artist...Mr. Miles does amazing amazing work....you guys are lucky to have him.

Yes he does. Have I shown you my Ferrari guitar? :)

Dirty Bob
09-10-2012, 07:20 PM
Yes he does. Have I shown you my Ferrari guitar? :)


I think I saw pics of it... I know we talked about it.....hmmm is it yours or your son's?;) Feel free to post em up!

markie
09-10-2012, 09:26 PM
Bud Davis.............................. the originator of the term "Hands" :D

Shawn@PRS
09-10-2012, 09:48 PM
I think I saw pics of it... I know we talked about it.....hmmm is it yours or your son's?;) Feel free to post em up!

OK twist my arm! :)

Paul Miles did the paint job, Marc Quigley took the photos

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/f2-1.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/f1-1.jpg

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ©
09-10-2012, 09:49 PM
Bud Davis.............................. the originator of the term "Hands" :D
Big Hands, you know you're the one.

markie
09-10-2012, 09:59 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ©;21809']Big Hands, you know you're the one.








Nope! I cannot take credit for Bud's work. I can only be accused of being the messenger :D

Dirty Bob
09-10-2012, 10:03 PM
OK twist my arm! :)

Paul Miles did the paint job, Marc Quigley took the photos

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/f2-1.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/f1-1.jpg


That is absolutely outstanding!!! Love the p90 covers...very nice touch!

Shawn@PRS
10-01-2012, 09:33 AM
The 4th Bud Davis Metal has surfaced

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/PRS/sept30thiphonepics117.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/PRS/sept30thiphonepics123.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/PRS/sept30thiphonepics119.jpg

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10-01-2012, 09:38 AM
I like the simplicity. Traditional Metal Model stripes are a "can't lose" decision.

I also like how he didn't just go for the white and blue combo. The fade to gold is clean.

Dirty Bob
10-01-2012, 09:43 AM
Now that is Class!!!

Mike Duncan
10-01-2012, 10:16 AM
Beautiful!

markie
10-01-2012, 10:39 AM
The 4th Bud Davis Metal has surfaced


http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/PRS/sept30thiphonepics123.jpg






Yummy!

Dirty Bob
10-01-2012, 01:12 PM
OK...who's is it?!?!?!

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10-01-2012, 02:38 PM
OK...who's is it?!?!?!

I figured it was you, Bob. Didn't you say that you were considering one more?

Dirty Bob
10-01-2012, 04:21 PM
Nope not me...I'll be more than happy to take that off someone's hands though...darn it...I'm trying to curb this madness!!! (impossible and futile...still have one incoming!!!...and I am trying to actually enforce a one in one out policy....also futile)...then again I have my head full doing mental gymnastics in relation to what you've put on the block...(applying my new rule of course which is adding to my displeasure)

So many guitars...what to do!?!?!? what to do!?!?!?

That is a killer axe!!!! Who's is it?!?!?! Hey Shawn if it's unclaimed I know of a good home where it will get lots of love (by me of course)!!!!

Yes I am STILL considering doing another one....If I place the call to Shawn I am doomed...he knows it...I know it...:dontknow::bawling::D