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    5 years out: which PRSi will still be selling?

    PRS has a great track record of constantly coming up with great new guitars. Not all of them connect, and they disappear. Of the current line-up, which solid body guitars are so compelling that they'll still be big-sellers five years out? The 408? P22? Studio? And which do you think will quietly fade away?

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    I definitely see the P22 staying around....for the price, it's A LOT of guitar. Don't know if it counts, and of course time will tell, but I don't see a real big market for the S2 series.
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    408 and DGT for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElrytNamrogo View Post
    I definitely see the P22 staying around....for the price, it's A LOT of guitar. Don't know if it counts, and of course time will tell, but I don't see a real big market for the S2 series.
    I don't know... most of the PRS models that I would like to buy, I can't afford - and I'm not exactly a starving college student... so the S2 line makes sense to me to get USA PRS guitars into the hands of people that may not have been able to afford a PRS before...

    On the other hand, I wish all the models I like didn't start at the $4K-$5K range too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyT View Post
    The 408 will be replaced with the 816.
    And the 204 budget line.
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    I don't know but i can guarantee you some people will still be trying to get their hands on the Official PRS Forum Guitar.

    That's true if it never gets built. It's double-true if it does. [evil grin]
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! © View Post
    I don't know but i can guarantee you some people will still be trying to get their hands on the Official PRS Forum Guitar.

    That's true if it never gets built. It's double-true if it does. [evil grin]
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    It's already a unicorn!!!!
    We'll see. If the specs are unadulterated and the woods are carefully selected to keep it balanced, I think it will be one hell of a guitar.
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    All guitar models will be replaced by a line simply known as "S". No one, no two, no E. Just "S". The variety will be great as the only thing they will have in common is that they were all formerly busted.

    And they will all come back, at least just a little bit, "sparkly".

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGuitars View Post
    I don't know... most of the PRS models that I would like to buy, I can't afford - and I'm not exactly a starving college student... so the S2 line makes sense to me to get USA PRS guitars into the hands of people that may not have been able to afford a PRS before...

    On the other hand, I wish all the models I like didn't start at the $4K-$5K range too...

    Yeah, I see the price point, and I'm definitely not knocking the product because I haven't played one yet, but I just feel you can just about get the same product by modding an SE....at least I did and it only cost me a total of about $1,100. That includes locking tuners, bareknuckle pickups, new push/pull pots for volume and tone, a graph-tech self-lubricating nut, and strap locks. Yeah, they're made in Korea, but the build is still superb. But, I guess I would have to try the S2 series to see how the playability is to be able to draw a fair conclusion.
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    Five years out isn't a long time.

    Look at what has already been in the lineup for more than 5 years; it's a safe bet that they will still be offered because tastes don't change that rapidly.

    Quote Originally Posted by ElrytNamrogo View Post
    Yeah, I see the price point, and I'm definitely not knocking the product because I haven't played one yet, but I just feel you can just about get the same product by modding an SE....at least I did and it only cost me a total of about $1,100. That includes locking tuners, bareknuckle pickups, new push/pull pots for volume and tone, a graph-tech self-lubricating nut, and strap locks. Yeah, they're made in Korea, but the build is still superb. But, I guess I would have to try the S2 series to see how the playability is to be able to draw a fair conclusion.
    As an example of small differences, if you've ever taken a Maryland PRS nut and dropped it on a table, and done the same with a graph tech nut, it ain't the same. One sounds like metal (PRS) even though it's something else, and the other sounds like plastic. What effect this has on tone I can't say, but it's not the same thing. I don't know about the tonal quality of the woods PRS uses in Maryland vs. Korea, but I'll bet they're different. My observation is that there will be lots of little differences that affect the tone that will add up.

    And I think the thing about the S2 v. SE will be sound, not playability.

    Basically it took $1100 to come up with a guitar that is neither better nor worse but slightly different from the S2, which costs...wait for it...$1100 and change, doesn't need all that modding, and based on the clips I've heard, sounds very rockin' indeed.

    Time will tell the tale, but I think the S2s will sell very well.

    I remember people predicting that the Korean guitars would either not sell, or would kill the US guitars' sales. Both predictions were wrong. People love to prognosticate, though, and it's kinda fun to place a bet and see what happens.
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    The classic "Custom 24" will always be here to stay.

    The relatively new and much praised, 408, P22 are likely to stay.
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    I think the Studio will be replaced by another updated Studio, with 408 pickups fitted. The Custom 24s will obviously stay. I'd hope that the NF3 stays though, but it looks like the NF pickups were getting squeezed out from the catalogue now :/

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