06-01-2012, 11:13 AM
There seems to be some continuing concern and controversy over our naming of “Sinker” Mahogany. We are sorry for the miscommunication and never intended for anyone to think that this was wood reclaimed from a body of water.

As many of you know, David Grissom is a longtime friend of the business and personal friend of mine. There is a video of David online where he goes through features and options on a Private Stock run of DGT instruments that have necks made from this wood. David’s integrity has been called into question through this, which is the worst part for us. The truth is, the day David was scheduled to film these videos, he called our shop about an hour before shooting to clarify the component woods. I was out of the office and, in an effort to help David, one of our employees did what many of you have done…got on the internet, found a definition of “sinker” wood, and relayed that to David. He then shot his video. Under no circumstances was David intentionally fabricating or misrepresenting his guitar…he was only repeating what he had heard from the shop.

To give some history, I made a guitar for Carlos Santana years ago, and the mahogany neck wood used on that instrument was amazingly dense and tonal. We were unable to locate neck blanks like that for years. Then, we found a truck load of old mahogany at a lumber yard and bought the entire load. Our wood buyer referred to as “sinker mahogany” and said it was so dense and heavy it would sink.

The instruments made from this wood are extraordinary. I believe they are the best sounding mahogany necks we have ever made. I am proud of these guitars and believe they represent our continued quest for tonal instruments. If you play or own one, we hope that you agree. Having said that, I accept full responsibility for the misconceptions with our customers and artists and again apologize for any miscommunication or confusing information. To that end, we will discontinue the use of the term “sinker” and refer to this special mahogany as “Dense Mahogany” in the future.

Paul Reed Smith

06-01-2012, 11:28 AM

06-01-2012, 11:31 AM
Most excellent. Thank-you Mr. Smith.

06-01-2012, 12:02 PM
Well done PRS.

06-01-2012, 12:15 PM
So my guitars are made of "Dense Mahogany". Makes sense, I can be pretty dense.


06-01-2012, 12:21 PM
Wow, I think this is the most honest and up front response anyone could ever hope for. Stand up gentleman this Mr Smith.

06-01-2012, 12:22 PM
I am still keeping the certificate with "sinker" in quotation marks - worked for me then, works for me now.

No problem here - never was.


06-01-2012, 12:49 PM
Good deal.

06-01-2012, 03:00 PM
PRSh and the Co. are first class. I have #24 and a PS Sig. Both fabulous guitars. Thank You Mr. Smith for putting this to bed.

Hopeful Sinner
06-01-2012, 03:29 PM
Bravo Mr Smith...

06-01-2012, 03:50 PM
Well done.

06-01-2012, 04:42 PM
Is it time for pie yet? :D


06-01-2012, 06:45 PM
Is it time for pie yet? :D


It's always time for pie.

06-01-2012, 06:49 PM
I knew it had to be a simple miscommunication. Thanks so very much for the clarification. These guitars are fantastic instruments!

06-01-2012, 07:44 PM
What about ultra-resonant mahogany? That would be a good term too.

06-01-2012, 08:40 PM
Call it sinker or dense - no matter, the Siggy LTD is an upper deck home run!

06-01-2012, 08:44 PM
And still the best guitars on the planet.

Serious Poo
06-01-2012, 08:49 PM
And still the best guitars on the planet.


06-02-2012, 08:46 AM
New name recommendation:

"Johan Santana no-hit mahogany."

Yes, a non-sequitor for sure. But I've got my priorities straight at least.

06-02-2012, 02:02 PM
New name recommendation:

How about:


06-02-2012, 02:21 PM
How about:

MORE Mahogany

Fixed that for ya!

Mike Duncan
06-02-2012, 03:58 PM
Sounds good to me.

06-02-2012, 06:14 PM
How about:


06-02-2012, 07:49 PM
Is it time for pie yet? :D


Not pie, cheesecake.

Specifically, leftover banana creme cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. That was lunch after the Arthritis walk. Actually, I'm saving the leftover cheesecake to go with Game Of Thrones tom'w.

Michael B
06-03-2012, 08:26 AM
Bravo!! Knew it was a mis-communication.....Pauls video about it expained it for me!! as said...still the best guitars on the planet!!

06-03-2012, 03:06 PM
Thank you for the clarification and explanation. While the neck issue was not a big deal for me, it was to others and I hope this puts it to rest. My Signature Limited is a killer guitar whatever the neck wood is called or its source.

06-03-2012, 09:00 PM
First rate and above board. As always. May this appease and silence the critics, conspiracy-theorists, pseudo-experts, and naysayers once and for all.


06-04-2012, 12:12 PM
First rate and above board. As always. May this appease and silence the critics, conspiracy-theorists, pseudo-experts, and naysayers once and for all.


That will not happen. People who want to talk out of their ass will keep at it. Haters gonna hate!

06-04-2012, 01:21 PM
It's very rare to find honest people in the business world, and Paul along with the rest of his company has proven it to me/us time and time again. I know I shouldn't be surprised people just like the stir the pot, but it did.

06-04-2012, 02:47 PM
Let's do Mr. Smith and all of his employees and fans a favour and let this thread die.

06-10-2012, 08:15 PM
Hope this brings closure, and we can go back to playing these bad boys!

06-11-2012, 12:42 PM
I don't care what y'all call it. I like both of mine. Just call 'em d@mn good sounding guitars!

06-28-2012, 10:00 AM
As always, Paul and his company are a class act.