Hollowbodies on Outdoor Stages in 30 degrees..

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  1. papablue

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    We're playing on a outdoor, "heated", tented stage this Saturday at Hunter Mountain. Part of a snowboarding competition/winter jam. Its supposed to be sunny'ish and in the mid 30's.

    What are your thoughts on me playing my PRS HB there? I was thinking go solidbody for the facts that its not as prone to warping in the cold, and the action is much lower/faster guitar when my fingers get cold.... But my HB is my sound and my baby so I'd much rather prefer to play it over the solid... What do you think?
     
  2. JoeB63

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    I played a Gretsch Setzer on a coooold night outdoors -- no heater other than a bonfire that was 40 feet away. The gig started at about 50 degrees and then dropped into the 30s as we played. I needed to retune the guitar after every song. The next day at home, (back in the heat) the guitar was about a whole step off, but no permanent harm done.
     
  3. papablue

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    Bump... other thoughts.... Thanks Joe!
     
  4. mark norwine

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    Honestly? I'd take a tele.....
     
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    agreed, I have an outdoor gig next Friday night (northern metro Atlanta) and while I dont expect temps in the 30s, I expect enough of a difference from indoor temp/humidity that I will use a Tele and will leave set necks/HBs at home.

    If you acclimate (sp?) slowly it should be ok with the HB, but I still think there would be better tuning stability with a Tele.
     
  6. papablue

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    Cool. That was my thinking, but god, the tone difference.
     
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    Yeah, I don't know too many guitars that are going to behave well in those conditions. The PRS Hollowbody isn't really a true HB anyway (owned a HBI and Archtop) since there is a solid chunk of wood (more than a traditional sound post) connecting the top and back, and providing a solid anchor for the stop tailpiece.

    I wouldn't take it just because I wouldn't want to expose a $2500-$3500 guitar to those elements. This is the kind of gig a beater guitar is for imo. Good luck with it.
     
  8. Luke

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    Maybe ya wanna get yourself one of those Amish heaters. :stir
     
  9. papablue

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    Agreed. And though not true HB, it certainly is more fragile than any of my solidbody's.
    Thanks. I'm rehearsing with the SB tonight, so I'll be sure to dial it in right.
     
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    freakin lol...
     
  11. 8Painting

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    Yeah +1

    Plus, if you get in a fight or an arguement, it can be used a weapon.

    ....and it will probably still stay in tune.
     
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    My thought as well. I have a PRS Artist 2 that I won't even take to practice in the winter.
     
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    Absolutely , positively the way to fly on that one...
     

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