I got to go with Zach Myers from Shinedown. Honorable mention would be Clint Lowery from Sevendust.
Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy! I vote for a Myles Kennedy signature model! All if favor? he's a phenomenal player
Cody Kilby is down to earth and a great player. When it comes to flatpicking he is second to none.
For pure synchronicity, tonight it's (apparently) Kurt Allison. A long day at work, directly to XPRS, home by midnight - pour a Makers 46 and sit down to watch Letterman. Musical guest is Jason Aldean and all of a sudden I'm like, who the *hell* is that dude playing a JA-15??? Very cool.
1999 Artist Archtop II Grey Black (Braz board/Piezo/Paua) / 2010 Modern Eagle III 25th anniv. / 2013 408 Semi-Hollow Black Gold Burst (Experience 2013)
2011 Heritage H-535 25th anniv. (Seth Lover pups) / 2013 Telecaster American Deluxe (Ash)
2012 SE Angelus Custom / 2013 Breedlove D/SReH American Acoustic-Electric
1964 Epiphone Cortez FT45 acoustic / 2006 Osborne Chief 5-string banjo
Carlos Santana and Neal Schon!
2011 - PRS Ted McCarty DC 245 Limited Run - Goldtop
2011 - PRS Studio - Smoked Orange
2009 - PRS Ted McCarty DC 245 Soapbar Limited Run - Amber Black
2005 - PRS McCarty 20th Anniversary - 57/08 - Dark Cherry Sunburst
2004 - Custom 22 - 57/08 - Turqouise
John McLaughlin is amazing. If you missed him friday night, you missed an inspirational session.
Tony McManus. I could listen for days on end to his lovely acoustic...
Gotta go with the guys from Karnivool , drew goddard and mark hosking
also joining forces for mr mike einziger , opeth and porcupine tree
btw first post here , big PRS love
There wasn't a single artist at the Experience that wasn't cool, down to earth, generous with their time and wiling to share their knowledge. It's tough to pick a fav, but David Grissom and Bernie Marsden are at the top of the heap. David's amp clinics were a thing of beauty for a gigging guitarist.
Yea, I was wondering why Davy wasn't listed. I agree, Davy is an incredible talent. First saw him when he was 19 with Ross and Adam on a CBS morning show. Usually I snore through the artists they introduce, but these guys "got the blues right." For a bunch of young British guys they blew me away and Davy's guitar playing was incredible even then. A few weeks later my son and I caught the Slam at the 8X10 in Baltimore and got a chance to talk with them. Davy was, and still is, one of the most humble people you could eveer meet. At the time he was playing a Strat and we were at the Birchmere when Paul gave him his own guitar on stage. If you haven't checked him out, in any configuration, do yourself a favor and give him a listen. He's an excellent songwriter, as well.
My favorites would be Uncle Ted, and Brent Mason..Two completely different genres, but both are amazing guitarists!!
Fave PRS players for me are Carlos Santana, Alex Lifeson, Mark Tremonti and Dicky Betts. Fave PRS amp players are Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, but he only uses them with his solo band. There are numerous great guitar players moving to PRS now as well... it's hard to keep up with them all.
PRS HX/DA 50 watt head | PRS 2x12 Stealth Cab | 2011 Stripped 58 - Angry Larry | 2000 Custom 22 - Dark Cherry Burst
1985 Takamine GX-100 | 1993 Jackson Soloist XL Pro |Martin Acoustic | Ibanez Acoustic
Really like Mikael Akerfeldt, first PRS fave was Brad Delson of Linkin Park.
Current: PRS SE Dave Navarro, Spear NF-II
Gibson Les Paul Studio Goldtop P90, Dean Schenker Retro V Dean ML Silverburst
Laney LH50 + 112V Cab
Inbound - Sterling JP60 + (Possible) Ibanez RGD2120Z
Denny Jiosa -
Dave Knudson, Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy, Pete Loeffer, Mark Waldrop, Jack Parker, Sameer Bhattacharya, Jon Foreman, the list goes on and on.
Rocking at the bottom tip of Africa
PRS P22 Erize Verde / Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood / PRS SE 30 1x12
Probably true re me having more PRS than most PRS Artists, up to 56 now over the past four years, with two more on order!!
I can't believe no one has mentioned Simon McBride yet. He ROCKS! Just listened to his new album today, it is great!
Beyond that for me the PRS players that have had the biggest impact for me with regards to PRS appreciation have been:
Mark Tremonti (without him I would have never bought my first PRS!)
Carlos Santana (also helped put PRS on the map for me)
Myles Kennedy (two awesome guys in one band rocking PRS's - too cool!)
David Grissom (great musician, and awesome Signature model!)
Howard Leese (great guy, showed BrianC and I a great time with the Paul Rodgers band in Chicago earlier this year!)
Davy Knowles (great to have a young up-and-comer with roots in bluesy rock!)
Orianthi (good role model for my kids to get into music!)
Also just learning all the country bands and guitarists, my family has gotten into country lately, unbelievable how many guitarists in country use PRSi. Watched the CMA's this year, I think there were more PRSi than Gibson and Fender combined!
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Porcupine Tree and Opeth are the closest in line with me musically. But I love listening to Santana and John McLaughlin talk about music and life. PRS's talk with John at EXP the morning after he performed was magically inspiring.
There are so many, so I'll just list friends.....
1 Kirk McKim & Pat Travers
2 Howard Leese
4 Honorable mention.......Frankie Clarke a.k.a. "Casper's Master"
5 Boy do I miss........" Hi my name is Johnny Hiland!!!"
PRS Guitars Endorsee....White and Relic'd Ones !