One of my favorite TGP quotes (the John Calkin part)...
If the quote is accurate it's just too funny. Is consistency a bad thing? Do outstanding guitars only happen accidentally? If all are consistently stellar and of superior build quality than why would anyone expect the rare outstanding guitar? PRS can't catch a break no matter what.If there is one "curse" for being that consistently good, this is it, and it's not necessarily a bad curse to have. PRS build quality in both the construction and pickups is exceptional and extremely consistent, so everything you experience is much the same from guitar to guitar. Luthier John Calkin says that consistently superior build quality is great because you get very few, if any, less-than-stellar examples...but you create fewer outstanding guitars as well.
Don't despair. Mike. in that quote the poster is just suffering from zero sum mentality - the (false) idea that if you take from one end, you must take from the other as well. There is no logic in his assertion and it is demonstrably false. PRS cranks out truly outstanding guitars every day in the PS line, lots of them, without compromising the quality of the core line, or the S2 line or the SEs for that matter.
One of my guilty pleasures is spotting logical fallacies in peoples' arguments. And, on the internet, it is like shooting fish in a barrel.
Last edited by rugerpc; 07-21-2014 at 02:16 PM.
But yeah, if PRS created "OK" guitars most of the time, with rare examples of really great guitars and the occasional lousy copy, and then for an extra "Custom Shop" fee you could ensure you get one of those really great guitars, then folks would be all over the PRS brand as one where you can get a really outstanding guitar, but you'll really have to search and probably pay a lot for it.
Instead they produce really great guitars all of the time, at a fair price for the quality (though this is opinion-based, I suppose), and even have a more-affordable line of really really good guitars that are a really great price for the quality. Can't win for losing...
You can blame Ed Roman for this. His diatribe about how PRS guitars weren't handmade once they switched to CNC carving is what fuels this. That switch was made roughly around the time the company moved to the new factory, which is why people think it's a selling point at all. They think it's the difference between a hand-made guitar and a "factory" (read: machine-made) guitar.
I don't actually mind someone using the term pre-factory as I know the time frame the guitar was built right off the bat. Seeing as I like some of the features of the earlier guitars, I find it helpful even though it is not exactly accurate.
Last edited by LSchefman; 07-21-2014 at 11:13 PM.
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken...
Just like you Sergio.
You even have your own groove for walking around town!
Last edited by NomadMike; 07-22-2014 at 03:06 PM.
Not sure that Ed Roman is entitled to express any opinion on PRS guitars. Yes he builds an amazing hand built guitar in his shop, which very few people can ever afford to own or even have access to; as for the rest of his guitars let me just say that his choice was some Indonesian schlock shop to turn out his POS's.
But he said it, and it's been repeated on the Internet so it must be true...If there is one "curse" for being that consistently good, this is it, and it's not necessarily a bad curse to have. PRS build quality in both the construction and pickups is exceptional and extremely consistent, so everything you experience is much the same from guitar to guitar. Luthier John Calkin says that consistently superior build quality is great because you get very few, if any, less-than-stellar examples... but you create fewer outstanding guitars as well. .