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    Obsessional Confessional

    We all have our quirks. One of mine is that I love my PRS guitars. Yes. I'm obsessed with them. I confess.

    I'm not obsessed with anyone else's. I'm not obsessed with the ones online, or at the dealer, or in the works, though I certainly can admire them from afar. I don't need to shop all the time for guitars. But mine consume a good part of my thoughts.

    Somehow there has been identification with them, to the point where they have become inseparably intertwined in my perception of who I am and what I do. That's strange, of course, and it makes zero sense, but it's also true.

    I know I'm not alone in being obsessed with PRS guitars in some way. Let's hear it.

    And what happens here in the obsessional confessional, stays in the obsessional confessional.

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    I have the obsession too. I love prs guitars. I find myself watching to see if performers on tv are playing them. We have a channel on dish network that shows concerts all the time and my son and I always check for prs guitars.

    I am very happy with my cu24, it just sounds so good and plays very well. I havent had a guitar make me feel this way since purchasing my new G&L nighthawk in 1983.

    There is a private stock cu24 on ebay that I fantisize about. I cant afford to spend that kind of money on a guitar today but someday........................

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    For me my explanation is easy: Guitars are a hobby, Paul Reed Smith's are a passion.

    The instrument in general is interesting, but the story, people and products of the company intrigue me far more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themike View Post
    For me my explanation is easy: Guitars are a hobby, Paul Reed Smith's are a passion.

    The instrument in general is interesting, but the story, people and products of the company intrigue me far more.
    I feel the same way. My other guitars are just guitars. My PRS guitars have a story and a passion infused inside of each one.

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    I have the same problem. When I walk into the studio, all my PRS Guitars are whining Ď Play Me, Play Meí. If I donít play each one at least every other day, they get bitchy! Surprisingly, I don't think of them as being of the female persuasion, but it is just better to play them to minimize the complaining.

    I do have some love for my other guitars, but the PRS Guitars usually get played first. I just canít get over the joy of playing them, while admiring the inherent quality, as they are being played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ampguy View Post
    I have the same problem. When I walk into the studio, all my PRS Guitars are whining ‘ Play Me, Play Me’. If I don’t play each one at least every other day, they get bitchy!
    Haha! I play each one when practicing on a rotating basis, too. And I let the others know it's the particular guitar's turn. LOL

    But it's also good to play them regularly because each one that I have feels a little different, regardless of neck carve, etc. So my muscle memory stays used to them.

    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    Call doc cause my PRS are sentient. When I play them I'm a shaman communing with ancient spirits.
    You bet. I can relate.


    Quote Originally Posted by docbennett View Post
    If I were a pro musician, I'd stick with a couple of models that met my tonal requirements, and each guitar would ultimately become "a part of my personality".
    Yeah, this is what I meant, explained better.

    Though I think this happens with non-pro players, too, especially if they gig with certain guitars.

    Quote Originally Posted by docbennett View Post
    I think that is somewhat of what you are experiencing Les. As far as the anthropomorphization part of your post.... I will go as far as to admit that I've cursed my guitars occassionally and yelled at them with extreme profanity...but that is really just displacing my anger at my own lack of ability onto them.
    They respond better to positive reinforcement. Guitars need love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themike View Post
    For me my explanation is easy: Guitars are a hobby, Paul Reed Smith's are a passion.

    The instrument in general is interesting, but the story, people and products of the company intrigue me far more.
    Exactly.

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    Like Les, I have a pretty tight bond with the axes I have now, but sometimes I have to give myself a reminder. I've been known to suffer from the GAS from time to time. Just the other day I was at the shop, saw a real beauty and just had to walk out before things got ugly for my wallet The "problem" with a lot of PRS guitars is the art in them - I have a guitar identical in function, but this one just looked so good. So I usually just go home and play what I have, re-realize how much I like it, what I can do with it, and that calms me down.

    Most of the people that know me and also know anything about guitars immediately associate me with always playing a PRS. I can hardly look at other guitars in the shop anymore, they just don't have that feel when I play them, and 9.5 times out of 10 I can find a flaw on other brands that I don't even have to think about when I buy PRS. So I guess it's a good addiction to have.
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    Other guitars are just stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    Other guitars are just stupid.

    Exactly.

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    I'm pretty obsessed with them too, for one specific reason. I have a bunch of other guitars that I also love, mostly Gibson Historic LP's and Fender CS's which look and play great. But regardless of how much perceived mojo they may have, picking up and playing one of my PRS is still a superior experience. Of course they look and sound great, but they stay in tune, they are so well thought out with every part working precisely and perfectly, there are zero build flaws, and they represent the high standard that I (we) expect in so many material possessions, yet rarely experience. Where the niggles and flaws in so many other things piss me off, PRS guitars reward. And if there ever is the rare problem, the factory and PTC offer a level of responsive and skilled support rarely seen these days. They're truly 'the superior product', and are satisfying to own and play like few, if any, others.

    I also predict that assuming the high PRS standard is maintained, their desirability and collectibility will continue to advance over time, and they will further cement their iconic status in the world of guitars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaeCee View Post
    I also predict that assuming the high PRS standard is maintained, their desirability and collectibility will continue to advance over time, and they will further cement their iconic status in the world of guitars.
    I frequently have to pull items from my collection and put them up for sale to fund new acquisitions. You should read some of the angry and at times "over the top" rants I get in my incoming eBay messages...not about my sales...but bemoaning the fact that the "vintage PRSi" like the '85's and '86's and other early collectables" are losing value by the day....due to Paul Smith's continuing publicizing of the fact that the "new era of PRS guitars are so sonically superior to those made in the early days".

    Man....It is actually almost surreal to get these emails from people who think that I am an ally of some sort, and a sounding board for their own issues....I've gotten incredible emails from people with no interest in the guitar, but with extreme opinions as to how Paul should shut his mouth and not continue to kill the re-sale market".

    I find it humorous...those of us who buy "vintage gear" usually get it for reasons other than the "sonic attributes" since many of those vintage guitars were well below the quality of those being produced now. for example...try to intonate a 1953 Gibson Les Paul goldtop.

    And...Paul's business is to sell new guitars....at least until the company decides to set up an "aftermarket, pre-owned" department like I've been begging them to do for years. I would even retire to take that position at $1 a year....so long as I got a percentage of sales from this separate profit center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docbennett View Post
    I frequently have to pull items from my collection and put them up for sale to fund new acquisitions. You should read some of the angry and at times "over the top" rants I get in my incoming eBay messages...not about my sales...but bemoaning the fact that the "vintage PRSi" like the '85's and '86's and other early collectables" are losing value by the day....due to Paul Smith's continuing publicizing of the fact that the "new era of PRS guitars are so sonically superior to those made in the early days".

    Man....It is actually almost surreal to get these emails from people who think that I am an ally of some sort, and a sounding board for their own issues....I've gotten incredible emails from people with no interest in the guitar, but with extreme opinions as to how Paul should shut his mouth and not continue to kill the re-sale market".
    Amazing, isn't it? And what seems to escape these idiots is that unless PRS continues to prosper and the legend continues to build, the value of the older stuff will decline, not rise. Name a defunct manufacturer whose guitars or gear continues to appreciate and be sought out by collectors......they are few and far between...Dumble, Trainwreck, maybe Alembic.....maybe a couple more but not many and it's a limited market. But coming up with names that are both collectible and still in production is simple.....Gibson, Fender, Martin, Gretsch, etc., etc.....the list goes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docbennett View Post
    And...Paul's business is to sell new guitars....at least until the company decides to set up an "aftermarket, pre-owned" department like I've been begging them to do for years. I would even retire to take that position at $1 a year....so long as I got a percentage of sales from this separate profit center.
    ...and now that we've heard from our advertisers, we return you to your regular Obessional Confessional programming.

    "Darling..."

    "What is it, dear?"

    "I have a confession to make."

    (theater organ diminished chord held)

    "Well...go on...what has happened?"

    "I don't know how to tell you this...it's....well..."

    "Is it another woman, again?"

    "No. Not this time."

    "Another...man?"

    "A man? Ha! ...well, ok, not this time, either."

    "You're leaving me and moving to Paraguay to become a revolutionary like you've always dreamed?"

    "No. It's...well...it's a guitar."

    "Oh my god, not another guitar!! What's with you and these guitars?"

    "I don't know. It's like...an....an..."

    "Addiction. It's an addiction, isn't it? You're an addict! I married an addict! You're worse than drug addicts, the whole bunch of you! And I suppose you've been on that...that...forum again?"

    "Yeah. I have. It's true. We've been discussing...well...we've been discussing wood again."

    "God help us. I'm getting out of here right now. Give me the keys to our safety deposit box."

    "What safety deposit box?"

    "The one with our valuables, our jewelry, our bonds, our cash..."

    "We never had a box."

    "Yes we did."

    "No we didn't."

    "I beg to differ. We did."

    "Didn't."

    "Did. You spent it didn't you?"

    "Spent what?"
    Last edited by LSchefman; 02-22-2013 at 07:34 PM.

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    OK, here's an example of what I mean by an obsession confession:

    I talk to my guitars. And not just when they're being played. I talk to them even if they're in their cases. When I walk into the studio in the morning, I'll say things like, "Morning. boys, time to get to work."

    And that's not the only time of the day I talk to them, either.

    If one gets some new picks in its pick box, they all get new picks. I'll even count them out so no one feels left out. Like the guitars have feelings, right?

    If the water runs out in the room humidifier overnight in winter because I forgot to refill it, I feel guilty. I've been known to apologize to them.

    Just between us, I know this is a little nutty. It's anthropomorphization. I probably need to spend years on the psychiatric couch to get to the root of the problem, but there you have it. I'm the prehistoric man from the cave who thinks trees have personalities.

    The weird thing is, I never did this with my earlier guitars! Something about the PRS ones made me crazier. LOL

    There is a thread elsewhere on the forum about customization of guitars to make them yours. I can't do that. I don't want to mess with perfection. But beyond that, I don't have to adorn them with trinkets to know they're mine. It's obvious from their show of emotion when I play them that they know it, too!

    They're very loyal. And they repay my faith in them by being great sounding every time I pick one up.
    Last edited by LSchefman; 02-20-2013 at 01:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    Other guitars are just stupid.
    +10

    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    I talk to my guitars.
    Me too. When I'm done playing, I gently put her to sleep and say: "Thank you, you've been soooo great." and pet her.

    Btw I'm obsessed with my PRS card (though I don't talk to it, it just makes me feel a little... significant...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    Just between us, I know this is a little nutty. It's anthropomorphization. I probably need to spend years on the psychiatric couch to get to the root of the problem, but there you have it. I'm the prehistoric man from the cave who thinks trees have personalities.
    Call doc cause my PRS are sentient. When I play them I'm a shaman communing with ancient spirits.
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    My guitars are all named, and like you Les I'm obsessed with MY guitars - not anyone elses.

    I have daydreams at work about getting home and cranking out a few rock n' roll tunes on them...

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    "Just between us, I know this is a little nutty."

    Everyone's a little nutty. The good part is when you're aware of it and accept it. The couch is needed when you have no freaking clue!

    I don't talk to mine, but that's because I'm naturally a bit anti-social (my nuttiness). I do bond with them though. Particularly the PRS pattern neck. I know many don't really care for it, but it just fits my hand so well I can see where my playing has improved measurably since switching to PRS. I think I just enjoy playing them more than anything else I've owned.
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