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    NGD: 53/10 Limited in Natural

    When this exact guitar arrived at Willcutt's in 2010 I fell in love with it, obsessed over it but didn't have the funds to make the purchase. And of course it sold and I was devastated. I copied its image to my desktop and have been looking at it forlornly for almost 3 years.

    This weekend I got out my '96 CU22 with Dragon 1's and thought it sounded incredible. And for the first time in quite a while I wondered how much of a difference having a stop tailpiece would make toinewise. I searched for the 53/10 Limited on EBay becuase even if my long lost love was gone there were some other incredible tops in that run.

    And there she was. What's more, she was mint and sitting at Garrett Park Guitars not 45 minutes from my house in Northern Virginia.

    Rick was awesome to deal with and today I brought home an incredible instrument. I plugged her into my rig and she sang. The 53/10 pickups have an incredible clarity and a forward tone. They are perfect for me. The split sounds are excellent and I found some wonderful rounded tones working with the volume and tone knobs.

    The quilt on this guitar slays me. What I didn't expect was how much I would love the feel of the PF09 finish on the neck as well as the absolute beefiness of it. Here are Rick's shots, I'll post my own if I can put the guitar down.









    Last edited by Catch; 04-26-2013 at 07:15 AM.
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    I dig mother nature.
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    I REMEMBER that axe! I almost pulled the trigger on it too....wow congrats! You got an awesome one!
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    In general, I really don't like the natural tops, but THAT one?!?!? Wow. I think a stain would have ruined it. Beautiful! Congrats.

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    A very unique piece. Lifetime keeper. Especially with your most excellent backstory.
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    I love guitar stories like this. She's a beauty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 11top View Post


    I dig mother nature.


    Thanks everyone! 11Top, honestly, I always thought you had purchased this one!

    Rick said it was in the hands of a collector with several hundred guitars. He was thinning the herd. Still can't believe my luck.
    2010 PRS 53/10 LTD, 2011 PRS SASNF, 2008 PRS Custom 22 Soapbar, 1996 PRS Custom 22
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    I'm not generally a huge fan of quilt, but that one... whoah!
    PS Starla (burnt orange smokeburst), Starla (vintage cherry, IRW neck, birds), HBII (faded gray black 'double' 10-top), HB12 (black gold), NF3 (antique white/birds), 25th ann. Mira 245 (frost blue metallic), KL1812, 2011 'Stripped' 58 (goldtop)

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    this top is insane. congratz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch View Post
    Thanks everyone! 11Top, honestly, I always thought you had purchased this one!

    Rick said it was in the hands of a collector with several hundred guitars. He was thinning the herd. Still can't believe my luck.
    I would have. Congrats on a real beauty.


    Maybe stick some RW pup rings on her?
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    Beautiful. Congrats!

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    Wow, that's a jaw dropper right there. Congrats on finding her!
    I had a guitar refinished in satin nitro and it feels AMAZING.

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    Me jealous. Hell yeah i am.
    I am not a luthier but i am in my own workshop.
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    What a Beauty! Congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11top View Post
    I would have. Congrats on a real beauty.


    Maybe stick some RW pup rings on her?
    That's a great idea, it's all about the wood on this one, so very organic.
    2010 PRS 53/10 LTD, 2011 PRS SASNF, 2008 PRS Custom 22 Soapbar, 1996 PRS Custom 22
    Amps: Mesa/Boogie, Roland, Morgan
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    http://soundcloud.com/ulysses-returns

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    Amazing looking.

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    AMAZING! She is mighty beautiful.
    Funny thing Catch, that is almost the same exact story of how I met my first wife!
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    Still remember that one from when Timmy made a thread about it on BAM back in the day. What a beauty!

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    I love this top
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