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    The Incomparable Rosewood Limited

    One of my all-time favorite PRS Guitars is the Rosewood Limited (RL). It is the result of two great ideas from Paul and Ms. Bonni Lloyd (of Bonni Pink fame). RL's are adorned with a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard and the original Tree of Life inlay (not to be confused with the Tree of Life model introduced in 2011).

    The RL inlay was designed by Pearl Works and constructed of mammoth ivory, brown lip mother of pearl, abalone, mother of pearl, paua, coral, and gold. In addition, the inlay was etched, adding a tremendous amount of detail to the overall aesthetic.

    Some were semi-hollow and a few even had a tremolo but I've only seen one.

    While admiring the detail on the fretboard, many people fail to flip them over to see one of the things that makes them truly special. They were the 1st production PRS (100 guitars) to feature a solid Indian Rosewood neck. You may also notice that the neck is finished, another somewhat unusual feature.

    While the Rosewood Limited is an exceptionally beautiful guitar, the combination of wood, McCarty-thick mahogany body, and flawless construction makes for one of the best sounding guitars to come from the factory in the late-'90's. If you think about it, the Modern Eagle (especially the ME2) can find it's roots (sorry, couldn't help myself) right here.

    Show your Rosewood Limited!

    Here is #71. To steal a phrase from one of it's former owners (The Honorable Gerald Johnson), it is one of the "crown jewels of my collection."





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    Senior Member sergiodeblanc's Avatar
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    I don't get to crazy about inlay work but these have always tickled my fancy. I have also heard there were a few made with a trem, glad to hear you have actually seen one.
    Black cherry with a wanger would be my ideal ostentatious lottery winning dream guitar.

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    Does Bonnie ever come to Experiences? She seems like she has a lot of good stories! haha

    And as always, the Rosewood Ltd is flippin' gorgeous man. I think I need some rosewood in my life...
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    This could be my all time favourite. You can't imagine how much time I spent in a parking lot trying to decide 'should I or shouldn't I' after playing one in Atlanta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veinbuster View Post
    This could be my all time favourite. You can't imagine how much time I spent in a parking lot trying to decide 'should I or shouldn't I' after playing one in Atlanta.
    Right now there are probably a dozen guys calling guitar stores in Atlanta (after reading your post) to find it. Better jump on it.
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    No wonder there is a shortage of rosewood
    just kidding that is a beauty, that is a keeper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    Right now there are probably a dozen guys calling guitar stores in Atlanta (after reading your post) to find it. Better jump on it.
    HaHa. The possibility did cross my mind. 15 years ago the guitar looked amazing in a glass case in the center of the store and sounded amazing in a private listening booth. My wife gave me the OK, but I decided to put the money on my house and chip away at the principal. Still have the house. Still miss the guitar a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post


    [/B]Here is #71. To steal a phrase from one of it's former owners (The Honorable Gerald Johnson), it is one of the "crown jewels of my collection."

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    This thread sucks now...empty pictures bum me out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    This thread sucks now...empty pictures bum me out.
    Hearing you, have you checked out Hans' "harem" thread lately?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justmund View Post
    Hearing you, have you checked out Hans' "harem" thread lately?
    No, but I'm sure it's just as empty. I totally understand though.. my Photobucket library is filled with crap and needs to get cleaned up, I can't even bring myself to wade through 12 pages of random stuff to find the Bangin' photo.

    Man, I really wish PRS would put more flowers on guitars. They have really expanded their inlay designs over that past ten years or so, and nothing has been as dope as the Rosewood LTD. I would geek out so hard if they did a less opulent or more restrained version of those pretty little flowers... I like flowers. I'm a sissy, so what?

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    The only Trem version I've ever seen was a violin amber for sale years ago on eBay out of Chicago. I think they were asking $7500. Wish I'd bought it!
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    I would marry a trem Rosewood LTD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    This thread sucks now...empty pictures bum me out.
    Oooops. Guess that happened when I swapped over to my new Photo hosting account. Give me a few minutes and I'll fix it.

    The harem thread will get fixed to. I just had the photographer here for some pics of the recent stuff. Final images should be here in about a month so I'll fix it and update it while I'm there.

    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    I would marry a trem Rosewood LTD.
    An RL with trem would be amazing. An RL trem that was also semi-hollow? Ooofff.
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    Fixed.
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    How about an ALL hollow? (I know it's not a RL but it's pretty cool and does have a BRW back.)


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    I once called to make a play for that one. Wish I could swing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    Fixed.
    Just amazing lookin', more beautiful and refined than any Dragon... The continuation from the headstock to the TRC? So prissy.

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    I do love that inlay. I wonder if they would/have put it on an Angelus acoustic?

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    I would really like to see them take 75% of that inlay away on the fretboard but use the same motif. All of the recent super-inlay guitars have a rather masculine, or" hard" design to them bordering on Ed Hardy... It would be cool to see them balance it out with something softer.

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