5 way rotary
5 way rotary
My guess is that PRS got feedback from its endorsers and from many players over the years before making this move. I honestly think it was the right thing to do.
It was a good one for the player, but it's certainly not surprising that die-hard old school PRS fans might prefer the prettier/more traditional solution to the one that works better.
On the other hand, I'm a die-hard old school PRS fan since 1991, and I prefer the toggle or blade, so...I dunno. LOL!
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.
-- Homer J. Simpson
Toggle guy. My first guitar was an SG and I've played Les Pauls for years and other Gibsons. It's just what I'm use to. I'm not a Strat guy (although sometimes I've had to use them). That said, I'm glad it's a slider now instead of a rotary. My #1 PRS had one and I removed it in favor of a 3 way and a push pull tone pot for coil splitting, which is more what I'm used to. I need fast pickup changes. Maybe you lose some versatility, but it makes up for it with simplicity and functionality.
Ya know....I was a strat player all my life until 8 or 9 years ago when I got my first PRSs. I always wanted to love Les Pauls..well I did/do LOVE them..their looks and tone but I could just never bond with playing one though I still try just about every year and buy one..hoping, but nope.
OK so I never was a Les Paul player. Played strats. Got a CE with rotary and a McSoapy with 3-way toggle.
I got used to the rotary but never played the McSoapy much cause of it's WF neck...I like WT.
I realize now that I never really felt 1 million % comfortable with the strats' 5-way blades...their location mainly I think? I jus didn't "like" having to switch pups mid-song.
Though it was hard to know where you were and exactly where you'd end-up when you cranked on the 5-way knob..at least it was easy to find and crank on.
When I think back, the times I DID play the McSoapy, I didn't look forward to switching pups because iirc, the switch just seemed a little awkward to "find".
In 2011 I got the Studio with it's 5-way blade and push pull. I liked the idea of the blade but I instantly found it a little difficult to "reach". The volume knob is also hard to do swells with or just control with your pinky unless you dislocate it at the second knuckle and contort it around the trem arm. The whole set-up seems a little "un-ergonomic" for my hands at least. Trying to pull that tone pot up mid-song also isn't the most natural move for me.
In May I got the first Les Paul I was ever able to bond with...except it's the Tremonti SE Custom lol. My first keeper SC and it has a les paul style layout. I think the vols and tones aren't laid out in the same order as a Paul but the pots are in the same place and the toggle is up on the upper bout like a Paul. Even though the switch is further from where you'd think your strumming/picking hand "rests" or sits when you play. it's SO much more visible and easy to reach, use, hit, find, SEE, read, actuate, switch, flick, whack...
Cosmetics and even comfort are subjective and can be personal. No one can tell YOU what looks better to you or what feels or works best for you but for/to me, the blade doesn't look/seem "right" on a PRS. I don't love the functionality of the rotary but I might prefer it to the blade because it looks better (to me) and is easier (for me) to find than the blade. I much prefer the Les Paul style/location 3-way toggle when it comes to "switching". I am NOT an huge fan of the McCarty's 3-way and I don't think I'd like a 5-way rotary replaced with a toggle and push pull on a CU, CE etc.
I voted 5 way blade because I like the options available. I have both toggle and blade but not a rotary which I have never tried but believe I wouldn't care for. I would fumble around too much to make rotary work. I would love my cu24 to have P/P tone pot so I could split p-ups by themselves. I think the studio is like that. That would be the ultimate.