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    Highest Earning PRS Guitar

    About a week ago I caught a documentary in my youtube feed about Nile Rodgers... I had no idea who he was, that was before my time, but it was really interesting and I knew a lot of his songs. I had a feeling someone on here had probably caught it too, and indeed Shawn had posted it a month or so ago and I missed it somehow. Anyways, they mentioned that Niles' strat has been used on an estimated $2 billion in record sales... wow!!!

    So that got me wondering, who has a guess for the PRS guitar that has been used on the most recordings, dollar-wise? I honestly have no idea, maybe there's an obvious answer, but my guess would have to be one owned by Mark Tremonti, his sales with Creed, AB, and solo must be pretty insane. Except he has a crap ton of PRSi, and I don't know if he uses one main guitar for recording or several, so maybe the sales are really spread out over guitars. Second guess Carlos Santana, but the same situation as Tremonti with a lot of guitars. Anyone else want to venture a guess?
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    I'd guess Tremonti as well. His Charcoal Burst with the Dimbag Sticker is his main Drop C# guitar. I am fairly certain that was used on all three AB records (4th in the works) as well as the Tremonti solo album. Not sure what he used in Creed, thier first album he had an LP... then his first PRS Sig was an Adjustable Wraptail.

    My understanding is that most of his PRS are in different tunings or backups for those alternate tunings.

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    Carlos Santana. Then Mark Tremonti. That's my guess.
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    Saw a Shinedown concert on Palladia. Zach Myers used a parade of PRSi, and I'm sure they've sold a lot of copies, but I'm not sure it was on one guitar or where he would rank.

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    I would guess what ever Santana model he used on the Supernatural album. That must have sold a ton.

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    I wouldn't rule out Linkin Park, they sold a lot of albums also.

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    My bet would be on Carlos Santana. Carlos has a custom PRS that Paul built for him during the 33 West Street days. I believe that he used that guitar to record Supernatural, which was a huge multinational selling album that charted in ten different countries. The album went 15 times platinum in the U.S. alone. I do not know if Carlos used the guitar on Shaman, but that album went double platinum in the U.S.

    Supernatural
    • Released: June 15, 1999
    • Label: Arista
    • Format: CD
    1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 AUS: 4ื Platinum[23]
    AUT: 2ื Platinum[24]
    CAN: Diamond[18]
    FRA: 2ื Platinum[19]
    NLD: 2ื Platinum[22]
    NZL: 4ื Platinum[25]
    SWE: Platinum[26]
    SWI: 4ื Platinum[27]
    UK: 2ื Platinum[20]
    US: 15ื Platinum[28]
    Shaman
    • Released: October 22, 2002
    • Label: Arista
    • Format: CD
    1 11 4 2 3 8 6 15 1 15 AUS: Platinum[23]
    AUT: Platinum[24]
    FRA: Platinum[19]
    GRE: Gold[29]
    NLD: Gold[22]
    NZL: Platinum[25]
    NOR: Gold[30]
    SWI: 2ื Platinum[27]
    UK: Silver[20]
    US: 2ื Platinum[28]

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    Carlos & Howard Leese have recorded with mainly one PRS since the early 80s. Tom Johnston (Doobies) since about 86ish
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    Carlos pretty much put PRS and Mesa on the map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Em7 View Post
    My bet would be on Carlos Santana. Carlos has a custom PRS that Paul built for him during the 33 West Street days. I believe that he used that guitar to record Supernatural, which was a huge multinational selling album that charted in ten different countries. The album went 15 times platinum in the U.S. alone. I do not know if Carlos used the guitar on Shaman, but that album went double platinum in the U.S.

    Supernatural
    • Released: June 15, 1999
    • Label: Arista
    • Format: CD
    1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 AUS: 4ื Platinum[23]
    AUT: 2ื Platinum[24]
    CAN: Diamond[18]
    FRA: 2ื Platinum[19]
    NLD: 2ื Platinum[22]
    NZL: 4ื Platinum[25]
    SWE: Platinum[26]
    SWI: 4ื Platinum[27]
    UK: 2ื Platinum[20]
    US: 15ื Platinum[28]
    Shaman
    • Released: October 22, 2002
    • Label: Arista
    • Format: CD
    1 11 4 2 3 8 6 15 1 15 AUS: Platinum[23]
    AUT: Platinum[24]
    FRA: Platinum[19]
    GRE: Gold[29]
    NLD: Gold[22]
    NZL: Platinum[25]
    NOR: Gold[30]
    SWI: 2ื Platinum[27]
    UK: Silver[20]
    US: 2ื Platinum[28]
    Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
    US
    [16] AUS
    [17] AUT
    [18] BEL (FL)
    [19] GER
    [20] IRL
    [21] ITA
    [22] JPN
    [23] NZ
    [24] UK
    [25]
    2000 Hybrid Theory
    Release: October 24, 2000
    Label: Warner Bros.
    Formats: CD, CS, LP, Download
    2 2 2 3 2 6 2 19 1 4
    World: 24,000,000[26]
    US: 10,063,000[27]
    FRA: 312,523[28]
    US: Diamond[29]
    AUS: 5ื Platinum[30]
    AUT: Platinum[31]
    CAN: 5ื Platinum[32]
    GER: 5ื Gold[33]
    NZ 5ื Platinum[34]
    UK: 4ื Platinum[35]
    2003 Meteora
    Release: March 25, 2003
    Label: Warner Bros.
    Formats: CD, CS, LP, Download
    1 2 1 1 1 1 1 6 1 1
    World: 16,000,000[26]
    US: 6,000,000[27]
    FRA: 445,899[28]
    JPN: 187,000[36]
    US: 4ื Platinum[29]
    AUS: 4ื Platinum[37]
    AUT: Platinum[31]
    GER: 3ื Platinum[33]
    JPN: Platinum[38]
    NZ: 2ื Platinum[39]
    UK: 2ื Platinum[35]
    2007 Minutes to Midnight
    Release: May 14, 2007
    Label: Warner Bros./Machine Shop
    Formats: CD, LP, Download
    1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
    World: 8,000,000[26]
    US: 3,000,000[40]
    FRA: 226,442[28]
    JPN: 362,000[41]
    UK: 504,830[42]
    US: 2ื Platinum[29]
    AUS: 2ื Platinum[43]
    AUT: 2ื Platinum[31]
    GER: 3ื Platinum[33]
    JPN: Platinum[38]
    NZ: 2ื Platinum[44]
    UK: Platinum[35]
    2010 A Thousand Suns
    Release: September 8, 2010
    Label: Warner Bros./Machine Shop
    Formats: CD, LP, Download
    1 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 1 2
    World: 2,000,000[45]
    US: 840,000[46]
    JPN: 149,000[47]
    US: Gold[29]
    AUS: Platinum[48]
    AUT: Gold[31]
    CAN: Platinum[49]
    GER: 3ื Gold[33]
    JPN: Gold[38]
    NZ: Gold[50]
    UK: Gold[35]

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    I know that Carlos has sold over 100 million units. However, I am not sure how many units he was sold since 1981 when he recorded Zebop! with Howard Leese's Golden Eagle. The problem with the ratings outside of the United States is that they are not RIAA ratings; therefore, they are not equivalent (e.g., platinum in the United Kingdom denotes 300,000 units whereas as platinum in the United States denotes 1,000,000 units). Carlos has recorded eleven studio albums since 1981.


    Studio Albums

    Zebop!
    • Released: April 1981
    • Label: Columbia
    • Format: LP, CD
    9 14 12 2 20 23 3 9 — 33 FRA: Gold[19]
    US: Platinum[21]
    Shang๓
    • Released: August 1982
    • Label: Columbia
    • Format: LP, CD
    22 33 9 — 26 13 3 12 — 35 US: Gold[21]
    Beyond Appearances
    • Released: February 1985
    • Label: Columbia
    • Format: LP, CD
    50 57 24 — 44 — 11 20 9 58
    Freedom
    • Released: February 1987
    • Label: Columbia
    • Format: LP, CD
    95 83 16 — — — 16 22 8 —
    Spirits Dancing in the Flesh
    • Released: June 1990
    • Label: Columbia
    • Format: LP, CD
    85 — 28 — 66 — — — 19 68
    Milagro
    • Released: May 1992
    • Label: Polydor
    • Format: CD, CC
    102 — 31 41 51 — — — 11 —
    Supernatural
    • Released: June 15, 1999
    • Label: Arista
    • Format: CD
    1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 AUS: 4ื Platinum[23]
    AUT: 2ื Platinum[24]
    CAN: Diamond[18]
    FRA: 2ื Platinum[19]
    NLD: 2ื Platinum[22]
    NZL: 4ื Platinum[25]
    SWE: Platinum[26]
    SWI: 4ื Platinum[27]
    UK: 2ื Platinum[20]
    US: 15ื Platinum[28]
    Shaman
    • Released: October 22, 2002
    • Label: Arista
    • Format: CD
    1 11 4 2 3 8 6 15 1 15 AUS: Platinum[23]
    AUT: Platinum[24]
    FRA: Platinum[19]
    GRE: Gold[29]
    NLD: Gold[22]
    NZL: Platinum[25]
    NOR: Gold[30]
    SWI: 2ื Platinum[27]
    UK: Silver[20]
    US: 2ื Platinum[28]
    All That I Am
    • Released: October 31, 2005
    • Label: Arista
    • Format: CD
    2 36 6 19 20 12 18 29 5 36 AUT: Gold[24]
    SWI: Gold[27]
    US: Gold[28]
    Guitar Heaven
    • Released: September 21, 2010
    • Label: Arista
    • Format: CD
    5 5 5 9 24 2 9 17 5 15
    Shape Shifter
    • Released: May 15, 2012
    • Label: Starfaith
    • Format: CD
    16 — 29 71 63 — — — 8 49

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    I think Alex Lifeson and Rush might be a contender for this. Also, are we counting guys like Brent Mason who have probably played on 2524523 albums that have sold 2325 billion copies combined?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy474x View Post
    About a week ago I caught a documentary in my youtube feed about Nile Rodgers... I had no idea who he was, that was before my time, but it was really interesting and I knew a lot of his songs. I had a feeling someone on here had probably caught it too, and indeed Shawn had posted it a month or so ago and I missed it somehow. Anyways, they mentioned that Niles' strat has been used on an estimated $2 billion in record sales... wow!!!

    So that got me wondering, who has a guess for the PRS guitar that has been used on the most recordings, dollar-wise? I honestly have no idea, maybe there's an obvious answer, but my guess would have to be one owned by Mark Tremonti, his sales with Creed, AB, and solo must be pretty insane. Except he has a crap ton of PRSi, and I don't know if he uses one main guitar for recording or several, so maybe the sales are really spread out over guitars. Second guess Carlos Santana, but the same situation as Tremonti with a lot of guitars. Anyone else want to venture a guess?
    Be aware: Niles Rogers uses a Tokai strat and Music-Man Amps, a Fender strat is a later gig just for $$$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by themike View Post
    I think Alex Lifeson and Rush might be a contender for this. Also, are we counting guys like Brent Mason who have probably played on 2524523 albums that have sold 2325 billion copies combined?
    Lifeson primarily used PRS guitars in the later-half of the 1990's, also he has a gig with Gibson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Em7 View Post
    My bet would be on Carlos Santana. Carlos has a custom PRS that Paul built for him during the 33 West Street days. I believe that he used that guitar to record Supernatural, which was a huge multinational selling album that charted in ten different countries. The album went 15 times platinum in the U.S. alone. I do not know if Carlos used the guitar on Shaman, but that album went double platinum in the U.S.

    Supernatural
    • Released: June 15, 1999
    • Label: Arista
    • Format: CD
    1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 AUS: 4ื Platinum[23]
    AUT: 2ื Platinum[24]
    CAN: Diamond[18]
    FRA: 2ื Platinum[19]
    NLD: 2ื Platinum[22]
    NZL: 4ื Platinum[25]
    SWE: Platinum[26]
    SWI: 4ื Platinum[27]
    UK: 2ื Platinum[20]
    US: 15ื Platinum[28]
    Shaman
    • Released: October 22, 2002
    • Label: Arista
    • Format: CD
    1 11 4 2 3 8 6 15 1 15 AUS: Platinum[23]
    AUT: Platinum[24]
    FRA: Platinum[19]
    GRE: Gold[29]
    NLD: Gold[22]
    NZL: Platinum[25]
    NOR: Gold[30]
    SWI: 2ื Platinum[27]
    UK: Silver[20]
    US: 2ื Platinum[28]
    If we're talking about sales of recordings using a single, particular guitar, I'd say Carlos has that on lock assuming you're right.
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