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    Crackwood De-Flowering

    I have been flirting with a rosewood neck off and on for a few months now, and when a local retailer got in one of the 408 Brazilians, and I played it, I was done.

    By virtue of a recent sale, and a massive personal inventory reduction, I was able to loose my own personal crackwood virginity, at 43.

    All I have to say is "HOLY S***!" Loudly. Over and over. I can't stop playing it. I can't stop smelling it. I feel like a freak. You can read all about it on the intry-net, but you must experience it.

    It's a wonderful complement to the Siggy, and the rest of my lineup. This one definitely goes into the "you'll have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands" category.

    FWIW I was not previously a huge Black Gold fan, but this wrap changed my mind - it's lighter and more colorful than others I have seen - against a current BG C24 in the same store it's tobacco-like, almost reddish. I love it. Apologies for the fingerprints, and I don't have a good full-length shot yet:





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    Congrats! That could be exactly what I'm looking to try myself.

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    Cool

    Beautiful flame - outstanding, even with your prints front 'n centre

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    Excellent score. Those guitars slay every time!
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    Crackwood is good!
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    So what if you're a little freaky?

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    The stuff I got over here, well it's a PS dog's breakfast. When in doubt I whip it out, the 408 Braz guitar is da bomb!!

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    Gorgeous guitar, Carl! I must disagree with you though. I think Black Gold is the best production finish PRS has come up with in years. Enjoy!
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    Superb looking guitar!!! Congrats!!!

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    Thanks guys. Just spent an hour or so A-B'ing this with the Siggy...these are absolutely amazing sounding, I would be hard-pressed to choose one over the other.

    I think a lot of the posts on this forum have given about as accurate description of the differences between mahogany vs rosewood necks as can be written. The 408 Brazilian indeed has a low-mid emphasis vs the Siggy, with a little more roundness. The Siggy cuts a little more, slightly angrier.

    Having shed so many other guitars (mostly SEs and an American Strat) I was worried that the Brazzy would floor me less at-home than in-store. I played this one vs an IRW 408MT and loved this one so much more...but how would she fare vs my Siggy? Happily, no buyers remorse here at all...amazing sounding, feeling and looking, and FAR from a duplicate of the Siggy.

    Now please excuse me...I have rosewood neck to sink my teeth into...
    1990 CE24 MT | 1991 CU24 | 1991 CE24 | 1992 CE24 MT
    1993 STD 24 | 1997 CE24 3pc MT | 2008 SE Semi-Hollow Soapbar
    2011 SE Akesson | 2011 CU24 GC Throwback | 2012 Signature Limited
    2013 408 Brazilian | 2013 Paul's Guitar | 2013 S2 Mira | 2013 Hollowbody II
    2013 CU24 Swamp Ash Limited | 2014 SE Zach Myers (incoming)

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    Bangin'.

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    So hot! Congrats.

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    Congratulations, but you're giving me gas.

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    Very nice score!!! Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CantankerousCarl View Post
    Thanks guys. Just spent an hour or so A-B'ing this with the Siggy...these are absolutely amazing sounding, I would be hard-pressed to choose one over the other.

    I think a lot of the posts on this forum have given about as accurate description of the differences between mahogany vs rosewood necks as can be written. The 408 Brazilian indeed has a low-mid emphasis vs the Siggy, with a little more roundness. The Siggy cuts a little more, slightly angrier.
    Interesting comparison between the two - pretty much what I'd have expected - but also nice that you find both guitars individual, distinct, yet both are keepers.
    If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.
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    Are 2 heads better than 1 Tim's Avatar
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    A rosewood neck is a very good thing! Welcome to the club!!!

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    Once you play a rosewood neck its hard to go back. I love mine . Enjoy and welcome to the club
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    Interesting comparison between the two - pretty much what I'd have expected - but also nice that you find both guitars individual, distinct, yet both are keepers.
    Yes, with the specs nearly identical except for the neck material between the Sigggy and 408B (hog/maple, pattern neck profile, scale length, pups, etc) I was really concerned that they would be too simiilar, but thankfully not. I suppose I could have brought my Siggy along for comparison, but I made a pact with her to never drag her into one of "those places..."

    Quote Originally Posted by JustRob View Post
    Congrats! That could be exactly what I'm looking to try myself.
    Be careful JustRob - as soon as I played it, I knew I would have to have it...like the movie "Inception" the idea was burned into my brain and it was inevitable that I would bring one home...so be careful, understand the potential ramifications of trying one

    Quote Originally Posted by south89 View Post
    Once you play a rosewood neck its hard to go back.
    True, very very true. Going back and forth between RW and Mahogany a bunch of times back to back really emphasizes the tactile differences. Didn’t notice it as much when I would go back and forth between the Siggy and some of my older CE24s - the finish on those necks is much less glassy. With these two you really feel (and appreciate) the differences.
    1990 CE24 MT | 1991 CU24 | 1991 CE24 | 1992 CE24 MT
    1993 STD 24 | 1997 CE24 3pc MT | 2008 SE Semi-Hollow Soapbar
    2011 SE Akesson | 2011 CU24 GC Throwback | 2012 Signature Limited
    2013 408 Brazilian | 2013 Paul's Guitar | 2013 S2 Mira | 2013 Hollowbody II
    2013 CU24 Swamp Ash Limited | 2014 SE Zach Myers (incoming)

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