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    If I Had A Hammer (Of The Gods) I'd Hammer Out A Review.

    I'm not worthy!

    There, I said it so you don't have to.

    But don't feel bad for me. Unless you're a player on the level of, say, a Warren Haynes, you're not worthy either.

    Paul R. Smith clearly designed and built The Hammer Of The Gods for rock royalty, true artists of the 6 string, and other players way, way higher up in the pecking order of musicians than I can ever hope to be. And I don't say this because it's expensive. Even at its lofty price, it's a steal, really. Go find something that sounds as good as this guitar for less than the price of a nice summer house on a lake. Hint: you can't.

    In fact, if I were you, I'd just get on the horn to one of the dealers that has this model in stock, and make a deal. Then play the guitar every day until you drop dead, which is what I plan to do, and make sure you leave it in your will to someone who will get the most out of it and not hoard it away somewhere, because it's meant to be played and heard.

    There is no point in my trying to describe the tone; it's the tone in your head from a million zillion records that you love. I'll post some clips for you to suffer through so that you can say, "He's not good enough to play that guitar." But at least you'll get an idea of how it sounds in the real world.

    It's so easy to play. The nitro finish looks and feels sweet. It's put together like a Private Stock. Its huge sound must come partly from its mammoth ivory inlays (you funny, Les!). It's not light, just under 9 pounds, but it's very well balanced and I played for hours today standing up without any back pain, which isn't bad for a guy who's nearly 800 years old. The fingerboard is Madagascar Rosewood, as is the headstock overlay. The back is lightweight African Ribbon Mahogany. The top is PS Grade European curly maple. It's even got maple fingerboard binding. The neck is high grade mahogany of some kind (I have no idea what kind). Bone nut.

    When you strum it unplugged, you hear what it's going to sound like. The neck vibrates forever as the chord sustains. Get the picture? It's a really superb instrument!

    EDIT -- To call this guitar vintage sounding kind of sells it short. It's more than that. It's got a wider range than the vintage models I've played. Yes, it can do the vintage sounds, in spades, but it actually does more, the controls give you more usable sounds than I've gotten with the vintage stuff I've played. Typical PRS fashion, it goes one better...

    Speaking of pictures...





    Last edited by LSchefman; 07-16-2014 at 08:05 PM.
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    And...

    The pics are from Jack, my iPhone isn't really taking shots like this.
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    And on with more review:

    I played it through both the DG30 with the DG cab, and the HXDA with a Mesa Recto 212. The Hammer of the Gods does not care what amp you use, it will simply go ahead and sound good, as though the amp was completely irrelevant to its existence.

    I've heard somewhere that the 57/08 pickups it has were specially wound for this model; well, the guitar sounds different and more vintage than any PRS SC I've ever played, ever, and I have had several of them, but I don't know if that's the pickups, the wood, or the whole ball of wax, however I will say that they are a great match for my amps, and that they like to be turned up a bit more than other 57/08s I've had recently, which tells me that the output is a little different.

    The guitar is warm sounding. Yet it still has a very magical cut that somehow springs out of a speaker without tearing your ears off. And considering that both my cabs have V30s, that's saying something.

    The neck pickup goes from creamy at lower settings to surprisingly clear and with a nice bite at higher settings. The bridge pickup sounds great at low volume, barks at middle volume, and has a wonderful tone that easily pushes an amp into overdrive at high volume.

    I don't know what else one can say. I'll post clips as soon as I can get them done, but right now I need to get a little more familiar with the guitar and how to best set my amps up with it before I start recording!

    I forgot to mention that it's a bit thicker than other SC models, but I can't compare them since it's the only SC I have on hand. Maybe someone else has that spec? If so, please chime in.
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    Finally, let me say that I'm not a complete stranger to vintage sounding guitars. I still have a 1965 SG Special that has been in my family since new. And I grew up in the 60s when vintage guitars weren't vintage, they were new guitars. So I remember what the old ones sounded like when they were new, and of course, I've played lots of old guitars since.

    This is only right and fitting since, well, I'm old.

    But also see my edit in the first post about the fact that while the guitar can certainly DO vintage, it also goes farther and does more.
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    I'm liking what I'm reading. Can't say I'm surprised.
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    Congratulations on a winner. Nice to see one of this ilk go to a player and not solely a collector. Gorgeous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    I'm liking what I'm reading. Can't say I'm surprised.
    I think if you love the DGT, you'd love this guitar, because both guitars scratch that rootsy, vintage vibe itch, while at the same time being capable of even more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    Congratulations on a winner. Nice to see one of this ilk go to a player and not solely a collector. Gorgeous.
    It's just such a sweet instrument, thanks for saying that.

    I do think that if I was a collector I'd want one, though, even if I only played it occasionally. Who knows, maybe the guitar will become one of those "must haves" for a PRS collection?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    Who knows, maybe the guitar will become one of those "must haves" for a PRS collection?
    Totally agree...looks like one of those special runs of instruments we'll all be talking about for years (some of us kicking ourselves for not "pulling the trigger" when we had the chance). Just a beautiful, classy instrument in every way. Hope you enjoy it just as much as today for many, many years. Congrats!!!!
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    You have me thinking...
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    Just flat out amazing. Would love to hear it

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    Very happy for you Les, sounds magical! I think you should put it out there to your forum brothers that if you ever sell this one, they have a free slap each. To be taken at a time, place and location on your body of their choosing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justmund View Post
    Very happy for you Les, sounds magical! I think you should put it out there to your forum brothers that if you ever sell this one, they have a free slap each. To be taken at a time, place and location on your body of their choosing.
    Haha! You are so right about that!

    Quote Originally Posted by jetydosa View Post
    Just flat out amazing. Would love to hear it
    Clips will definitely be posted. I want to have some time to acclimate myself to the guitar, and of course, I want to spend more time with the amps for a little knob-twisting and experimentation with mics.

    Quote Originally Posted by ViperDoc View Post
    You have me thinking...
    When I start thinking, it's usually followed in a few days by a brown truck...
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    Just amazing top, WOW. Whats the specific model for that guitar?

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    You've definitely piqued my innarest there, Lesteban. Not so much because I'm willing to consider buying another single-cutaway, solidbody guitar, but because I'd love to sit down with it, my old Lester, and the other handful of excellent LP-recipe guitars that live chez KD. Just to see, feel, & hear what Uncle Paul and crew are bringing to the party with this one. Given how good my last few guitars from PRS have been, I have no trouble believing your review is spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolasrivera View Post
    Just amazing top, WOW. Whats the specific model for that guitar?
    I think it's being referred to as a McCarty Singlecut, I'm not sure if it's a future model at this point, or if it's a limited run thing, or just a few examples. My guitar has the serial number, and "Artist Relations" on the back of the headstock, and Paul's hand-inked signature like on a Private Stock.

    I really don't know that much about PRS' plans for the guitar other than how it sounds and plays!

    Quote Originally Posted by kingsleyd View Post
    You've definitely piqued my innarest there, Lesteban. Not so much because I'm willing to consider buying another single-cutaway, solidbody guitar, but because I'd love to sit down with it, my old Lester, and the other handful of excellent LP-recipe guitars that live chez KD. Just to see, feel, & hear what Uncle Paul and crew are bringing to the party with this one. Given how good my last few guitars from PRS have been, I have no trouble believing your review is spot on.
    That sounds like my kind of day!

    At this level of guitar, as with that beautiful PS Hollowbody that you have, comparisons boil down to fine detail. It's a guitar on that level.

    I can't claim that you'll prefer it to anything you have, after all, you have great guitars. But I have no doubt that you'll come away with a lot of respect for what was accomplished with this instrument.
    Last edited by LSchefman; 07-17-2014 at 09:49 AM.
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    It sounds a lot like love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veinbuster View Post
    It sounds a lot like love.
    It's a groovy kind of love.
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