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    MY Experience.

    I'll start by apologizing for the lengthiness of this post and rambling on, but I want to share my 1st trip to the Experience with those who have not been able to go it
    Right from the get-go on Thursday afternoon when we arrived, I felt like a fish out of water a bit by the enormity of event. 2 people in particular, I owe a lot to for getting us off on the right foot that made everything go very smoothly....
    Jim Deemer and Beverly Fowler - THANK YOU so much. You made me and my friends feel like family right away and throughout the weekend. I can't thank you enough. My introduction and 1st sighting of a PRS guitar started with family(my father) in the early 90's and that feeling of family extended through this weekend by your graciousness - as well as from Shawn, Paul, Hans and many of the forum members I met. Again, thank you.



    Bev might kill me next year for posting a pic with her, but oh well







    Myself and Mark Tremonti


    I finally got to meet Clint Lowery. Been a fan of his for many years. from Sevendust, Dark New Day to his acoustic Hello Demons...and his newest band that he sings lead and plays guitar- Call Me No One. I have to say he's maybe THE nicest guy I've ever met. He took the time to hang out and talk with us for awhile, signed some stuff for us and gave me a guitar pick. I'm happy he's got his own SE model coming out.


    Paul and Clint introducing his new SE:

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    There's SO much ground to cover with all of the factory processes to go through. Along with the clinics, seminars and performances - I didn't spend nearly as much time touring as I would've like to. I told Shawn a story about how I almost came out to PRS 10 years ago, with the intention of touring the factory and applying for a job. So I really would've liked to spend more time at each station learning what they do. In a different set of circumstances, I most definitely would've done that. Things happen that change your course sometimes. If PRS were in the midwest, might be a different story for me.

    Here's some pics from the factory:














    Tables set up where you can try your hand at staining some scrap wood(not those bodies pictured) - very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vchizzle View Post
    There's SO much ground to cover with all of the factory processes to go through. Along with the clinics, seminars and performances - I didn't spend nearly as much time touring as I would've like to. I told Shawn a story about how I almost came out to PRS 10 years ago, with the intention of touring the factory and applying for a job. So I really would've liked to spend more time at each station learning what they do. In a different set of circumstances, I most definitely would've done that. Things happen that change your course sometimes. If PRS were in the midwest, might be a different story for me.

    Here's some pics from the factory:

    Tables set up where you can try your hand at staining some scrap wood(not those bodies pictured) - very cool.
    OMG that ice tea sunburst and figured top is phenomenal.....where is that guitar headed?

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    OMG that ice tea sunburst and figured top is phenomenal.....where is that guitar headed?
    I'll fight ya for it LOL! i love it

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    Great Pics THANKS FOR POSTING!

    Quote Originally Posted by vchizzle View Post


    Tables set up where you can try your hand at staining some scrap wood(not those bodies pictured) - very cool.
    So how do they keep the stain off the binding!? I've always wondered that.... Painter's tape?

    Oh and second dibs behind Jedi on that body on the right! WOW

    PRS needs to have "Concierge" to help find such guitars....

    Before you Poo Poo the idea TAYLOR has one.... Oh ya, I said it... I used the "T" word... Dropped a "T" bomb! LOL!!


    sorry, It's been a long day and I'm asleep on my feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rango View Post
    Great Pics THANKS FOR POSTING!



    So how do they keep the stain off the binding!? I've always wondered that.... Painter's tape?
    Funny you ask, that's what I assumed. But as I walked by someone staining an eriza verde top, there was no tape. I was on my way to somewhere else so I didn't get a chance to ask and I never made it back Just more proof I needed more time to spend at each step of the process!
    Wish I had an answer but I don't know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vchizzle View Post
    Funny you ask, that's what I assumed. But as I walked by someone staining an eriza verde top, there was no tape. I was on my way to somewhere else so I didn't get a chance to ask and I never made it back Just more proof I needed more time to spend at each step of the process!
    Wish I had an answer but I don't know!
    I might have to go next year so I can find out!
    No other reason... Nothing else to see.... LOL!!!!!!

    That frost guitar is amazing! I'm a sucker for a flame maple neck. What model is that?
    I've been checking dealers to see who ended up with that one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rango View Post
    I might have to go next year so I can find out!
    No other reason... Nothing else to see.... LOL!!!!!!

    That frost guitar is amazing! I'm a sucker for a flame maple neck. What model is that?
    I've been checking dealers to see who ended up with that one!
    Private Stock, I think a McCarty. It was at http://www.theguitarshop.ca/features.php?category=1 table. I don't think Brent has any EXP guitars listed there yet, so keep an eye out. Be surprised if that didn't sell though.

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    I really want BOTH these guitars:


    P22 is #1 next needed guitar for me - this looks like it might turn out to be EXACTLY the one I want:




    Final assembly:


    Sales table. Wooooooahhhh:

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    If there's anything PRS doesn't want posted here, please by all means remove. If it's all cool, then I've got a few others I'll put up later.

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    Great photos Vaughn, you got to meet some of the heavy hitters. You did make one mistake. Never, ever, photograph Bev without her mask on!

    It was great to finally meet you and so many other forum members. I had a blast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    Great photos Vaughn, you got to meet some of the heavy hitters. You did make one mistake. Never, ever, photograph Bev without her mask on!

    It was great to finally meet you and so many other forum members. I had a blast!
    Uh-oh, I'll expect her wrath next year

    Great to finally meet you also, thanks for the free T-shirt!

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    Great pix!
    PRS Guitars Endorsee (2008 Mira / 2010 Custom 24 / 2012 Limited Edition Top 10 P24 / 2013 Custom 24) and Signature Club Member... http://www.reverbnation.com/jdbradshaw http://www.prsguitars.com/artists/profile/jd_bradshaw/

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    Hey Vaughn

    I was the guy who slipped you a few guitar tickets and a couple of beer tix on my way out. My wife was in a car accident and I was eager to get home due to the events (she's okay but it put a damper on the weekend). Did ya win a guitar or were the tix even good anymore? Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for the pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian PRSGUY View Post
    Hey Vaughn

    I was the guy who slipped you a few guitar tickets and a couple of beer tix on my way out. My wife was in a car accident and I was eager to get home due to the events (she's okay but it put a damper on the weekend). Did ya win a guitar or were the tix even good anymore? Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for the pics!
    Thanks for the beers! Wow, sorry to hear about your wife - glad she's ok though. No, the tix from the previous day were just for that day(wasn't sure when we talked). Was all for a great cause either way. Great to meet you, even if ever so briefly, under not great circumstances. What was your actual name again?

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    Fantastic pictures! Thank you for putting them up!
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    great pictures Vaughn....It was great to meet you too...and thanks for letting me have your chair in the hotel lobby Friday night.....(next to Jack Gretz)....you shall be rewarded for giving your seat to a SR...lol!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronalr View Post
    great pictures Vaughn....It was great to meet you too...and thanks for letting me have your chair in the hotel lobby Friday night.....(next to Jack Gretz)....you shall be rewarded for giving your seat to a SR...lol!!!
    Sure thing, nice meeting you too!

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    Vaughn, Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet............................. I was looking forward to it!




    Next year!
    Fanboy of the Jester (AKA) James (Previously known as 11top)

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