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    Bud Davis

    One of the nicest people you will ever meet is Mr. Bud Davis of Elizabethton, Tennessee. Bud is best known for painting the original "Metal Model" paint jobs from the Magnificent 6 / NAMM 20 era through 1991. Not many people know that Bud is still out there in the world painting guitars!

    Around 2008, he was commissioned to paint 10 (If memory serves me) Private Stock guitars in the Metal motif. I believe that one of them was remade or refinished so I'm not sure if the count should be 11 or not. Anyway, they are pretty neat.

    A few years later I got my hands on an alder CE24 and sent it to Bud (via the PTC). While I asked Bud to "do whatever [he] wanted" in terms of the paint scheme, I did make one request - to base it loosely off the black and flamed '86 Metal model owned (at the time) by my brother Markie. It came out amazing. Later, I learned that there were others who had done the same before me - and there were more that followed.

    Bud's work is the most copied motif in PRS history and the Metal Model is as popular as ever. Who knew that a design so slow to take off would become one of the most expensive vintage PRS guitars (if you can find one) today.

    So, in honor of Mr. Davis, please post your Metal model.

    From Left to right: '94 CE24 (refin), '86 Metal (original), Markie's '94 CU22 (refin)











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    Re: Bud Davis

    Hey Hans and Bob,

    Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and Bud Davis. Both of these projects were a lot of fun and Bud's work on them is just jaw dropping!

    There is one more sibling out there, so maybe our friend from Indiana will chime in and show us what he's got .

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    I got this "94" from my buddy GCRon. This was Ron's personal Guitar & had stock Dragon 1 P-ups. The P-ups made it perfect for a metal (IMHO). I sent the Guitar to Seattle, where Hansen whacked a big-azzed hole in it & put a 2tek bridge in her. Hansen shipped the Guitar to Shawn & the PTC boys. They stripped, sanded, painted, spit, or whatever they do to get it ready for Bud. Shawn shipped it to Bud & Bud painted it. Bud shipped it back to the PTC where the boys did all the final buffing, set-up, & sprinkled Magic Dust on it for me. Then Shawn shipped it back to me. It was everything I had hoped for! FWIW: Bud is not so good with names anymore, but that's not so bad............. have fun with it!


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    Pretty spectacular stuff, there, guys!
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    I never get tired of seeing Bud's work. Very cool stuff indeed.

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    Thanks for chiming in Markie, the trilogy is now complete

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    Sniff, I miss that guitar, sniff sniff.

    Quote Originally Posted by markie
    I got this "94" from my buddy GCRon. This was Ron's personal Guitar & had stock Dragon 1 P-ups. The P-ups made it perfect for a metal (IMHO). I sent the Guitar to Seattle, where Hansen whacked a big-azzed hole in it & put a 2tek bridge in her. Hansen shipped the Guitar to Shawn & the PTC boys. They stripped, sanded, painted, spit, or whatever they do to get it ready for Bud. Shawn shipped it to Bud & Bud painted it. Bud shipped it back to the PTC where the boys did all the final buffing, set-up, & sprinkled Magic Dust on it for me. Then Shawn shipped it back to me. It was everything I had hoped for! FWIW: Bud is not so good with names anymore, but that's not so bad............. have fun with it!


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    Not mine but beautiful!

    I was at one point in time collecting any pics I saw of "metal" paint jobs. I always thought I would decide on my favorite scheme and have one done. I haven't added to this in quite a while but here is an album containing several of them.

    http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/g...cpZZ1QQtppZZ20

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    This one is just photoshop right now... but someday....


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    What's the going rate for a Metal paint job? I'd love to have a CE or SAS Metalized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad737 View Post
    What's the going rate for a Metal paint job? I'd love to have a CE or SAS Metalized.
    Bud's work requires initial prep and the final finishing by the PTC. If I were you, I'd email Shawn and have him put together some numbers.

    It's not going to be cheap. Bud raised his fee considerably after he did mine. That said, it's nice to have a Bud Davis Metal in the collection.
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    Wow! Bud Davis DGT? Yeah, that'd be über hot.
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    I love hearing these stories. Thanks for sharing, guys!

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    Not a Bud Davis original, but my old "Metal Tribute" guitar, now moved on to a new owner...




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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoonsRJT View Post
    Much more fun to have Bud do what he does best!!! At most maybe give him an indication of the base colors and let him go!
    Absolutely. Why would you want a duplicate when you can have an original?
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    My "Larry the Paintguy" Metal Tribute.....slowly becoming one of my longest owned PRS....can't bear to sell or trade it...it plays at good as it looks....



    1994 PRS CU24 customized in color shifting paint...entire guitar from top to bottom...color shifts from purple to magenta to gold.

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    We just collaborated with Bud on a fourth Metal guitar. I didn’t get permission from the owner to post pics, so I’ll let him do it if he chooses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoonsRJT View Post
    Dig the tribute Jamie...saw it hanging on the wall in your guitar room shot..was planning on asking you about it...very cool...hope it went to a good home. Who did the Metal job?
    Don't remember...

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    Don't remember...
    Really left an impression, eh?
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    IIRC, Paul Miles (Director of Private Stock) did the Metal Tribute guitars.

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