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    PRS guitarist?

    I was curious who your favorite PRS guitarist?I noticed there are so many play them and for good reason.A few jumped out at me All Dimeloa,Alex Lifeson,Marty Friedman,Neil Schon and Santana.My favorite of that group would have to be Alex Lifeson IMO most underated guitarist out there and I'm not even a big Rush fan.

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    The funny part is that the guys I like who use(d) PRSi - Jimmy Page, Alex Lifeson, Neil Schon- all sound better when they use Gibsons.

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    Well currently I am my favorite, and maybe my wife's favorite.

    Apart from that I will throw out Dave Navarro's name...but he doesn't really come close to Alex Lifeson.

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    I forgot Mark Tremonti great guitarist!

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    Dave Grissom. Johnny Hiland.

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    Well, Mark Tremonti's my favourite PRS guitarist, but Guthrie Govan is my favourite guitarist out of all (and he plays PRS previously!).

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    Paul Jackson Jr. fer sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FennRx View Post
    The funny part is that the guys I like who use(d) PRSi - Jimmy Page, Alex Lifeson, Neil Schon- all sound better when they use Gibsons.
    Most of Jimmy Page's "Les Paul Sound" was done with a Telecaster...

    And part of the reason we're so enamored with the "Gibson/Fender Sound" is that their best songs were recorded playing those instruments. Later in life, when they changed brands, they wrote newer stuff that was never "implanted" into our DNA...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMintzer View Post
    Most of Jimmy Page's "Les Paul Sound" was done with a Telecaster...

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    and not only that but the amps used in the studio. many times like a small Gibson tube with a 10" speaker not a Marshal stack as many think! so much going on in studios that many never know. what is done live is rarely what took place in the studio. Instruments or amps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeasam View Post
    and not only that but the amps used in the studio. many times like a small Gibson tube with a 10" speaker not a Marshal stack as many think! so much going on in studios that many never know. what is done live is rarely what took place in the studio. Instruments or amps.
    Or Solid State amps... .... Or no amps at all!

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    I saw the Nuge live once, he played Fred Bear on a whackmaster CU24 and it sounded incredible. I don't understand how that guy is still using those Byrdland's, you'd think they would just be falling apart by now - although he does some pretty incredible stuff with them. I'd love to see a sig PRS hollowbody to his specs.

    He doesn't do himself a lot of favors in the PR department, his mouth gets him in a lot of trouble, but when it comes to music the guy is pure energy. He's not the most technical, but he can catch a groove and put the perfect blues rock lick to it every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeasam View Post
    and not only that but the amps used in the studio. many times like a small Gibson tube with a 10" speaker not a Marshal stack as many think! so much going on in studios that many never know. what is done live is rarely what took place in the studio. Instruments or amps.
    I seem to remember reading that "Stairway" was recorded using a Telecaster and a Supro amp...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMintzer View Post
    I seem to remember reading that "Stairway" was recorded using a Telecaster and a Supro amp...
    Page did all kinds of crazy stuff in the studio. The solo was the Tele through one of JP's Supros, although some reports say it was just some random amp that happened to be in the studio.

    The 12-string was a Fender XII – he bought the double-neck afterwards for live performances of that song.

    The acoustic was that Swedish thing that he also used on "Ramble On." (not the D-28 that he used live for the acoustic sets later on)

    The main guitar part for "Black Dog" was recorded through a channel strip on the console, with a a Urei 1176 compressor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMintzer View Post
    I seem to remember reading that "Stairway" was recorded using a Telecaster and a Supro amp...
    From an old Guitar Player interview (the one where he's playing the Dano on the cover.

    What kind of guitar were you using on the first Led Zeppelin album? Jimmy Page: A Telecaster. I used the Les Paul with the Yardbirds on about two numbers and a Fender for the rest. You see the Les Paul Custom had a central setting, a kind of out-of-phase pickup sound which Jeff couldn’t get on his Les Paul, so I used mine for that.

    Was the Telecaster the one Beck gave to you?
    Jimmy Page: Yes. There was work done on it but only afterwards. I painted it; everyone painted their guitars in those days. And I had reflective plastic sheeting underneath the pick guard that gives rainbow colors.
    It sounds exactly like a Les Paul.
    Jimmy Page: Yeah, well that’s the amp and everything. You see, I could get a lot of tones out of the guitar, which you normally couldn’t. This confusion goes back to those early sessions again with the Les Paul. Those might not sound like a Les Paul, but that’s what I used.
    It’s just different amps, mike placings, and all different things. Also, if you just crank it up to the distortion point so you can sustain notes, it’s bound to sound like a Les Paul. I was using the Supro amp for the first album and still do.
    The “Stairway To Heaven” solo was done when I pulled out the Telecaster, which I hadn’t used for a long time, plugged it into the Supro, and away it went again. That’s a different sound entirely from any of the rest of the first album.
    It was a good versatile setup. I’m using a Leslie on the solo on “Good Times Bad Times”. It was wired up for an organ thing.

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    Way too many to pick.

    I'm an old classic rock guy at heart but love the new Nashville sound (which is a throwback to 70s/80s rock)....

    I'd have to say #1 would be Howard Leese. I love his playing in Heart and now with Bad Co.

    Other than that:

    David Grissom
    Neal Schon
    Kenny Greenberg
    Brent Mason
    Carlos Santana

    Probably more that I'm forgetting and will feel horrible about later.

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    Way too many to pick.

    I'm an old classic rock guy at heart but love the new Nashville sound (which is a throwback to 70s/80s rock)....

    I'd have to say #1 would be Howard Leese. I love his playing in Heart and now with Bad Co.

    Other than that:

    David Grissom
    Neal Schon
    Kenny Greenberg
    Brent Mason
    Carlos Santana

    Probably more that I'm forgetting and will feel horrible about later.
    Agreed on all counts!

    Including the more that I'm forgetting, too.
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    Every song I've played in the last 13 years has pretty much been on a PRS. That said, almost none of my favorite players or bands would be caught dead with a PRS. That's sad...I really don't get it.

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    My favorite artist who is pretty much PRS exclusive is Santana... I've always been a Santana fan as long as I can remember, probably before his PRS days, and definitely before I knew what PRS was. I think I looked up PRS once when I was a kid because I saw Santana playing one and about cried because it was so expensive, lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Duncan View Post
    Every song I've played in the last 13 years has pretty much been on a PRS. That said, almost none of my favorite players or bands would be caught dead with a PRS. That's sad...I really don't get it.

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    Others have remarked on this, namely how Page mixes it up so much in the studio I don't think even he has any idea what guitars/amps/effects are on particular songs, but I have to say I do prefer Alex's tone using the PRS. He's one of my absolute favorite players and his PRS sound is so articulate that I can't get enough of it - I really wish he would go back to using them, especially live. The Les Pauls frequently turn to mud but I understand in a 3-piece the girth can be nice.

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