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    Quote Originally Posted by AP515 View Post
    I would like to see it come in at around $2500, which brings me to a question. If PRS does agree, do we work through a store or do they have another way to get past the wholesaler issue?
    I have some ideas on the purchase path if we get any momentum.
    I agree with your target price. In my mind I was wanting to contain the package between $2000 & $3500, and ideally on the lower end of that to make it more accessible.

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    Not being a card holder but an avid visitor to the forum I would say this is where I would fall in to I guess. I have been following this thread closely and I am liking the all the ideas but not sure about the DC body only becuse I have never played one. I do like the idea of 59/09's with Sig switching it is an amazing idea and one that I had in mind for my dream private stock.


    Either way I like where this is going and would definately be interested if it happens
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    That's why a poker theme with custom truss rod covers (for your actual card) makes sense. Plus, people who are card holders might not want one. Conversely, people who are NOT card holder might want one.
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    Ok I think I shouldn't be typing when I wake up first thing in the moring When I say DC body shape I was talking about the Santana body ( haven't ever played one before )
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    If this is going to be a true 'forum' guitar then it has to remain accessible to a good number of forum members around the world.

    An SE version would be nice but I can't see that happening (I may be in for that). However, there should be something relatively inexpensive that is accessible to pretty much all members price wise. The only thing I can think of is a custom TRC that's used on all the forum guitars. That way, even if you can't afford the guitar you can be a part of it. Maybe custom knobs or control plates?

    There's a danger this could become too exclusive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikegarveyblues View Post
    If this is going to be a true 'forum' guitar then it has to remain accessible to a good number of forum members around the world.

    An SE version would be nice but I can't see that happening (I may be in for that). However, there should be one something relatively inexpensive that is accessible to pretty much all members price wise. The only thing I can think of is a custom TRC that's used on all the forum guitars. That way, even if you can't afford the guitar you can be a part of it. Maybe custom knobs or control plates?

    There's a danger this could become too exclusive?
    At over $2500 I'd probably be out - I just can't justify it at this time - I have a wedding to pay for!
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    I'd hope we'd be able to keep it in the price range of a regular USA PRS. if it goes PS that would put it out of range for most of us....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerpc View Post
    At over $2500 I'd probably be out - I just can't justify it at this time - I have a wedding to pay for!
    Quote Originally Posted by Rango View Post
    I'd hope we'd be able to keep it in the price range of a regular USA PRS. if it goes PS that would put it out of range for most of us....
    I agree, I think the price needs to be in the $2000 - $2500 or only a few will be able to play. Those that want to be in on it but can't swing the price should be able to get the TRC which is the same as on the guitar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikegarveyblues View Post
    If this is going to be a true 'forum' guitar then it has to remain accessible to a good number of forum members around the world.

    An SE version would be nice but I can't see that happening (I may be in for that). However, there should be one something relatively inexpensive that is accessible to pretty much all members price wise. The only thing I can think of is a custom TRC that's used on all the forum guitars. That way, even if you can't afford the guitar you can be a part of it. Maybe custom knobs or control plates?

    There's a danger this could become too exclusive?
    I too would like an option of an SE version. I also like the idea of the custom knobs, plates, and TRC. Maybe in an effort to make this something that any forum member could do with ANY guitar, we could come up with a custom hardware package of some kind, and have the guitars sent out from Maryland with that stuff already on, and also available as an aftermarket package if people want to go that route.
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    The first, ever, limited edition SE? Seems more cost prohibitive to have it done overseas than to have it done in Maryland (unless you were making thousands of them). There's a great deal of back and forth discussion and prototyping that goes with foreign production - especially on complicated products like a properly made guitar.

    I'm guessing we'd be hard pressed to get 50 people to sign up for a "forum" guitar. Could be wrong though. Seems like info we could easily get from a well written poll - should someone be interested in creating it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    The first, ever, limited edition SE? Seems more cost prohibitive that have it done in Maryland unless you were making thousands of them. There's a great deal of back and forth discussion and prototyping that goes with oversea's production on complicated products like a properly made guitar.

    I'm guessing we'd be hard pressed to get 50 people to sign up for a "forum" guitar. Could be wrong though. Seems like info we could easily get from a well written poll - should someone be interested in creating it.
    Hey, we all have dreams I totally agree that anything too "outside the box" would be difficult to do an overseas run. I'm thinking more like the recent UK run of Bernie's with 53/10's. Something with upgraded pickups, maybe a quilt top and/or special run finish, but still a stock SE model underneath.
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    I didn't get in on the cards (didn't know if anyone would be interested in what I have to say, after all, I'm "JustRob") but I am interested in the Forum guitar idea.
    Seems like a lot of different desires and conditions to be met might take some time to sort.
    Maybe a Forum Strap, with the 52 cards and Jokers might be faster, although the highly prized Paisley Strap seems to be taking it's time also.

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    I would like to elaborate on my suggestion. Think outside the box with me for a moment and check this out. Clearly, budget, tone, and body shape are huge hurdles. We will never agree on all three. That said, I think about the headstock. Why? Because it is inexpensive, does not affect tone, and is a permanent part of the guitar. Unlike the other inexpensive suggestions like covers and knobs that can be switched from guitar to guitar and in doing so, thus defeating the purpose of a limited run forum guitar, the headstock could be unique to each member and the overall forum limited run. Now, what I mean is take three to five pices of headstock veneer, (say, curly maple, cocobolo, ebony, koa, splalted maple, whatever, and cut them symetrically or randomly and put them together symetrically or randomly to makeup a oneoff unique headstock veneer. Tastefully done, this looks awesome. I have seen it. No two will be alike but they each will be recognized as forum. McPherson and several boutique acoustic guitar builders offer this headstiock veneer option for there one off custom guitars. The end result is no two are alike, but instantly recognizeable. The headstock could be finished off with the TRC. So even if the TRC is swapped, the guitar will always be known as a forum edition. No One has to make compromises. Order any guitar you want, SE, CU, SC. Hollowbody, whatever, with artist package, private stock, or whatever, and request the forum headstock. Top it off with Paul signing the headstock in a unique color such as say "forum Blue" will add more uniqueness. A bold color is needed to offset the different color shades of wood to keep the sig prominent. This is cheap, easy, and no one has to make sacrifices. PRS makes up the required number of veneers and puts them on the guitar you ordered. WE then all have a forum guitar that is instantly recognizable, does not affect tone and does not break the bank, PEACE! What ya think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audie View Post
    I would like to elaborate on my suggestion. Think outside the box with me for a moment and check this out. Clearly, budget, tone, and body shape are huge hurdles. We will never agree on all three. That said, I think about the headstock. Why? Because it is inexpensive, does not affect tone, and is a permanent part of the guitar. Unlike the other inexpensive suggestions like covers and knobs that can be switched from guitar to guitar and in doing so, thus defeating the purpose of a limited run forum guitar, the headstock could be unique to each member and the overall forum limited run. Now, what I mean is take three to five pices of headstock veneer, (say, curly maple, cocobolo, ebony, koa, splalted maple, whatever, and cut them symetrically or randomly and put them together symetrically or randomly to makeup a oneoff unique headstock veneer. Tastefully done, this looks awesome. I have seen it. No two will be alike but they each will be recognized as forum. McPherson and several boutique acoustic guitar builders offer this headstiock veneer option for there one off custom guitars. The end result is no two are alike, but instantly recognizeable. The headstock could be finished off with the TRC. So even if the TRC is swapped, the guitar will always be known as a forum edition. No One has to make compromises. Order any guitar you want, SE, CU, SC. Hollowbody, whatever, with artist package, private stock, or whatever, and request the forum headstock. Top it off with Paul signing the headstock in a unique color such as say "forum Blue" will add more uniqueness. A bold color is needed to offset the different color shades of wood to keep the sig prominent. This is cheap, easy, and no one has to make sacrifices. PRS makes up the required number of veneers and puts them on the guitar you ordered. WE then all have a forum guitar that is instantly recognizable, does not affect tone and does not break the bank, PEACE! What ya think?
    That is an interesting alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audie View Post
    I would like to elaborate on my suggestion. Think outside the box with me for a moment and check this out. Clearly, budget, tone, and body shape are huge hurdles. We will never agree on all three. That said, I think about the headstock. Why? Because it is inexpensive, does not affect tone, and is a permanent part of the guitar. Unlike the other inexpensive suggestions like covers and knobs that can be switched from guitar to guitar and in doing so, thus defeating the purpose of a limited run forum guitar, the headstock could be unique to each member and the overall forum limited run. Now, what I mean is take three to five pices of headstock veneer, (say, curly maple, cocobolo, ebony, koa, splalted maple, whatever, and cut them symetrically or randomly and put them together symetrically or randomly to makeup a oneoff unique headstock veneer. Tastefully done, this looks awesome. I have seen it. No two will be alike but they each will be recognized as forum. McPherson and several boutique acoustic guitar builders offer this headstiock veneer option for there one off custom guitars. The end result is no two are alike, but instantly recognizeable. The headstock could be finished off with the TRC. So even if the TRC is swapped, the guitar will always be known as a forum edition. No One has to make compromises. Order any guitar you want, SE, CU, SC. Hollowbody, whatever, with artist package, private stock, or whatever, and request the forum headstock. Top it off with Paul signing the headstock in a unique color such as say "forum Blue" will add more uniqueness. A bold color is needed to offset the different color shades of wood to keep the sig prominent. This is cheap, easy, and no one has to make sacrifices. PRS makes up the required number of veneers and puts them on the guitar you ordered. WE then all have a forum guitar that is instantly recognizable, does not affect tone and does not break the bank, PEACE! What ya think?
    What might make this idea even more interesting is if the PTC would be willing to retrofit existing PRS guitars with the Forum Headstock..including the signature and TRC....so that those members who can't afford to take the plunge on a new guitar would be able to have their existing guitar retrofitted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veinbuster View Post
    I really like the 24.5 westy direction.
    Before checking the updates I was thinking of black or red a the colour options - solid colour implies less fussy about the top wood, which suggests lower cost and they are card colours.
    But upon reading, I quite like a mahogany/sappele top. They look good, sound great and there are few enough for them that they look special.

    I could go for the brush stroke birds as well. I am warming to them.
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    I added a pricing poll here Forum Guitar Price Range Poll

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    Things that are absolute deal breakers for me:
    • some "forum guitar" inlay on the fingerboard
    • signatures on the guitar (other than the back of the headstock)
    • bolt-on neck (unless it's ash body/maple neck)
    • thin neck


    Things that are not too appealing but if the rest of the specs are ok I may still do it:
    • special forum headstock - I'd have to see it first
    • 408 pickups - I've got 3 guitars with them already
    • piezo bridge - I've got 3 guitars with piezo already


    Things I don't care about:
    • inlays - all of the PRS inlays are fine with me
    • maple top - all mahogany is fine with me
    • neck woods - I'm good with pretty much any classic combination of neck/fingerboard woods - mahogany seems like a good choice to keep the cost down
    • bridge - trem or hard tail are both fine with me
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    Whoa....I've missed a lot this last week....have I mentioned I hate the flu?...I understand how some people have brought up price and general accessibility. I can see how this could be an issue. However a Maryland made guitar is where this all started and for me this is where my interest would fall if a limited run were to be put together...I've heard a lot of good ideas....Peter's Dirty 100 like run I would totally be down for....I liked Hans original idea as well...especially the stain....And then somebody mentioned a West St. Limited version which would also be cool...I remember there being a bunch of Hog Westie's featured at Eddie's guitars awhile back....and I also remember seeing pic's of Derek Trucks playing a Hog body Santana style guitar as well...I thought it was well executed. Unique Inlays are always fun but take time and add to cost....I mean doing a theme on spades,clubs, diamonds, and hearts could be cool but again probably not practical.

    I like the idea of a minimal inlay fretboard maybe a single bird, dragon, or moon (dirty of course) at the 12th fret at most.

    ok so here goes...

    Body: Double-cutaway or Santana
    Thickness: McCarty
    Body Wood: Mahogany
    Top: Private stock grade or Artist Grade curly maple (dirty top)
    Finish: Thin nitrocelleous lacquer (Paul's Finish)
    Color: Ambered Vintage Yellow
    Neck
    Side markers: Banded Melon
    Number of Frets: 22
    Scale Length: 24-1/2"
    Neck: Set Peruvian mahogany
    Fretboard: "select" rosewood (same stuff as used on dirty 100...unbelievable boards!)
    Nut width: 1-11/16"
    Neck Shape: Wide Fat
    Fretboard Radius: 10"
    Fretwire: 6150 equivalent older style (although I am not that picky)
    Inlays: single Black lip mother of pearl Coopers Hawk with black gold web border 12th fret
    Hardware
    Type: Nickel/brushed gold
    Bridge: Mann Trem
    Tuners: PRS phase III locking
    Electronics
    Bridge Pickup: Covered PRS 59/09 or 408
    Neck Pickup: Covered PRS 59/09 or 408
    Controls: DGT
    Pickup Switching: old 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector with 2 mini toggles
    Additional:
    Hans Edge Modification
    Headstock Shape: Santana
    Headstock veneer: Cocobolo
    Headstock inlay: Smaller Experience Eagle or Paul's actual signature
    Case: Paisley hardshell

    ok...that's all I got right now....back to the land of Tama Flu for me.
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    I'm jonesing for the brushstroke birds. To help keep the cost down and still be unique as a "forum" guitar, how about just one brushstroke bird at the 12th fret?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerpc View Post
    I'm jonesing for the brushstroke birds. To help keep the cost down and still be unique as a "forum" guitar, how about just one brushstroke bird at the 12th fret?
    Contrary to popular belief, it would probably cost more to create something like that compared to something that already has a CNC program.
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