Acoustic Event Last Night
Fellow member Russ and I caught up with Paul, Tony, and Martin last night. Wildwood (Steve M.) hosted a Collection Acoustic event at the Lion's Gate Center in Lafayette, Colorado. It was a cozy gathering of around 100 people in a wonderful banquet hall that had hardwood floors and acoustically treated ceilings. The sound quality was exceptional and the room was festooned with Private Stock and Collection Series PRS guitars.
I learned a lot about PRS acoustics last night. Paul (who was in a very good mood) was more forthcoming about the technology he employs than I would have expected. There were a lot of details discussed that connect with mechanically-minded guitarists (like me). He spend a lot of time discussing luthiery as a subtractive process. He seemed intent on getting people to truly understand what separates PRS acoustic guitars from other instruments and he took some chances to illustrate (audibly) some of the principals he was sharing.
I've always known that I would end with a PRS acoustic but I have to tell you, I am really torn (now) about which model to chase. I'll be scheduling some sit-and-play time sooner than later, that much is certain.
As always, it was a pleasure to hear Tony and his "biotic thumb" again. One day I hope to see if my liver can keep up with his. Martin absolutely blew me away. Of course I've been in the same room with the man a handful of times but never to hear him play. It was memorable. He made sounds come out of his guitar that I didn't even think possible. And both of those guys, together, make quite a team. McManus & Simpson? Simpson McManus? Hmmmm....
There is no doubt that people expect a glowing review to come from me - which is too bad. I AM a fanboi but If I didn't like them, I would politely say so. The SE acoustics, as an example, weren't as deep and rich as the Collection acoustics. But we are talking about very different price-points (and all that goes with that). The people who will really make an impression on readers are those who openly doubt PRS acoustics and then hear these guitars for themselves.
I highly encourage you guys to get out there and attend one of these events, even if you think you already know the scoop. You will be surprised. I was.
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To anyone who is a fan of the acoustic guitar: to play one of these, or hear it played, for a few hours is eye-opening enough.
But to own one, to be able to play it every day, and to learn it, is an immeasurable pleasure. They may appear to be traditional, but they are richer sounding, more complex, and more highly nuanced, than anything else I've ever owned or played, and that's some pretty good stuff!
I have been a fan of the acoustic since I first heard it at it's first public demo. That was with Al Demeola and a relatively small group of attendees. Greg Grainger accompanied on a conga. Paul talked about the guitar's inception and the role he hoped it would play in the market.
But it took Tony McManus to really blow me away when I heard him play "Desert Dance" the first year he was at the Experience.
I lust after an Angelis more than its bigger brother. I still have not heard the SEs, though. I hope to hear them side by side with the Kent Island offerings this year.
Last edited by rugerpc; 07-12-2012 at 10:42 PM.
Originally Posted by LSchefman
It took me a while to warm up to them, but the one I finally got has a very distinctive voice and an incredible sound. It is going to be a challenge to resist getting another.
I know what you mean. Mine's got cocobolo back and sides, I'd love to have another one with maple back and sides, but I'd have to go PS for that.
Originally Posted by veinbuster
I like the very different thing you get with the tone of maple.
Did anyone attend the Houston event (last night)?
Did you take any pics while at the Colorado event Hans?
Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS
That said, someone there (I'm guessing Wildwood) had a professional camera set-up and was filming.
Nice, I'll have to look around for a link
Originally Posted by Hans