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PRS McCarty Joe Walsh Limited Edition

dman_vegas

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Señor Verde

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PRS guitars are cool, I own a couple and have had several. I've owned a couple of their Singlecut type guitars and while they are cool and I liked them, they don't sound like a Les Paul. I'll stick with my R7 and R8 for those sounds and play my PRSs when I want that sound.
 

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The Joe Walsh PRS does look awesome. I really respect the quality PRS puts into their work.
I can't describe or recognize the "PRS Sound" if there even is one, but I think PRS is not about trying to create its own sound. I haven't tried too many but I got the impression PRSs could sound like a LP or Strat and that's their strength.
 

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"too perfect"? "PRS sound"? How ridiculous.

PRS makes world class quality instruments with multiple features, materials of construction, scale lengths, electronics, etc.
 

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"too perfect"? "PRS sound"? How ridiculous.

PRS makes world class quality instruments with multiple features, materials of construction, scale lengths, electronics, etc.
Did anyone say they didn't make a quality instrument and what's your issue with asking about the PRS sound? Also "too perfect" could be taken as a compliment. Maybe add some context to your comments so I/we can understand whatever point you are trying to make.
 

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Sure. Point I'm trying to make is PRS makes a whole range of instruments with different features that get a whole range of sounds. No idea what the "PRS sound" means.

I'm confused by the "too perfect" comment as well. Not sure if that's a compliment or a criticism. Their quality and attention to detail is world class. I'd consider that a good thing.
 

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I remember an interview with Brad Whitford of Aerosmith who was commenting on the interviewer's question as to why they stopped using PRS guitars. I believe this was back in the late 80s. Whitford said something to the effect that they didn't like the way they recorded, that they were lacking in character somehow. I've owned quite a few PRSi over the years and while I found them all to be flawlessly built, there was always something missing. Not sure if it was the pickups, which many have had issues with over the years, or something else. It could even be the 25" scale length, though that doesn't apply to the Walsh model. I watched his video demo of the guitar, and while it was a great looking instrument, I thought it sounded overly bright. That could have been amp settings. It may be that Joe has a lot of high-end hearing loss, which is understandable given his history and age. I also read that Paul put stainless steel frets on that model, something he normally does not do. Now, I'm a big proponent of SS frets, BUT they have to be installed CORRECTLY: into tight slots with little to no glue. The method a lot of builders today use is to press frets of whatever type into looser slots with a lot of glue to fill in the extra space. That makes for a horrible tone with any kind of fret, but especially so with stainless. Don't know if PRS installs frets that way, but if they do, that could explain part of the over bright tone of the guitar.
 
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