I went to the Experience with my wife (Evie D!) and the Forum made her spec out a Private Stock with DFD from Wild West Guitars. It was awesome!
*Forum handles will be used to protect the innoc.... you guys.
My wife and I went to our second PRS Experience expecting something similar to last year. See great music, meet some great people, revel in the magic at the factory, and go home. All of that stuff happened, but the forum turned things up to 11! Jesse and I had been going back and forth about the Forum Guitar, so he got us together with Geese and themike. They herded us over to Signature Picture, which led to an introduction to Markie, 11Top, JustRob, WEDGE, and QueenCityGuitars.
Then Markie and Jesse convinced my wife to walk into the vault with DFD. And showed her how to pick tops. Then Markie showed me how to follow 11Top around to grab the amazing pieces he picks out but doesn’t go with. It took a village to raise this guitar, and she’s absolutely worth it!
Keep in mind that while all of this is going on, Tim is speccing out a Private Stock via DFD’s iPad…from Australia….at 3am his time. There were a ton of people going in and out of the room, and we were present for a ton of other awesome builds (that I won’t spoil for you). You guys made it an awesome first time in the vault, and talked us through an amazing process!
Markie, JFB, 11Top, QueenCityGuitars, Tim – You guys held our hands the whole time and really made the Private Stock experience for us!
DFD – Amazing to work with during this entire process. Can’t say enough about how he’s kept the Private Stock excitement going for my wife and I.
Tina, Jamie, and Paul Miles – Managed to turn a million choices into a work of art that I look forward to giving to my son someday. And they really helped my wife get into the creative process and kept her involved. And they did it while in the middle of the hurricane that is Experience.
Evie D – 1) Dude, stop lurking on the internet! 2) Surprise! I had your name put on the back of the headstock. You designed it as much as I did. 3) Thanks for being awesome! 4) No, you cannot play it
Everyone at Experience – Thanks to everyone who distracted my wife so I could shop on the sales floor, the wonderful people at PRS who make these amazing instruments and the artists that remind me why I love music so much.
Oh. I almost forgot the pics…