Just Ordered My First THORN

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  1. DWB1960

    DWB1960 Senior Member

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    This may be redundant to some of you guys who hang on Ron's forum. I'm joining as many "Thorn Appreciating" forums as possible so that I can kill as much time as possible to alleviate some of my P.S.F.W.W.O.M.F.T. affliction.

    Here's the specs:

    Thorn Artisan Deluxe

    Body: 2-pc. Black Limba (Stripy) - Solid
    Carve Top - Bookmatched 5A Quilt Maple (will pick this out in person)
    Inlaid Top Option
    Total body thickness: 1-7/8"
    Rear Tummy Cut: Yes
    Rear Hand Contour: Yes
    Neck: Black Limba
    Headcap: Matching Quilt Maple
    Inlaid Headcap Option
    Neck Carve: Slim Taper (Match Existing PRS Wide/Thin)
    Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood / 25" Scale / 12" Radius / 22 Frets
    Nut: 1.687" Graphtech - Tremnut
    Fretwire: 6150
    Bridge: Thorn 1-pc. Tremolo - Nickel
    Tuners: Locking Sperzel - UltraLite w/ Pearloid Buttons
    Pickups:
    Neck - SD SH-2 Jazz (4-conductor) Dbl. Black
    Bridge - SD SH-4 JB (4-Conductor) Dbl. Black
    Purfling: Paua - Body Top / Fretboard / Headstock
    Side Dots: White Mother of Pearl
    Dunlop Straploks - Nickel
    Hardware - Nickel
    Inlaid Logo: Pearl/Paua
    Inlaid Truss Rod Cover -Brazilian RW + Sterling Silver
    Inlays: Firesuns - Pearl/Paua
    Controls:
    Vol. x 1
    Tone x 1 (Push/Pull for splitting. Only has function in positions # 1 & 3)
    5-way Blade
    Positions:
    #1 - Neck Humbucker (Push/pull = front single coil only)
    #2 - Neck coils in parallel = Women Tone
    #3 - Neck + Bridge Humbuckers (Push/Pull = front coils of both pickups in Parallel = Strat Quack)
    #4 - Rear Coils of both pickups in Parallel = Tele Tone
    #5 - Bridge Humbucker Only (I recommend not splitting the bridge pickup alone...this is not a popular tone - too brittle. Also, you can always flip to the bridge position for leads knowing it will be in full humbucker mode...kinda like a blow-switch)

    Color:
    Top - Tortoise per PRS image
    Body Back - Natural
    Neck - Natural SATIN
    Headstock Face: Match Top

    Deluxe TKL Hardshell Case Included

    Notes:
    < 8lbs
    9-42 Elixir Nanowebs
    Low Action

    Options:
    Mini Toggle switch in lieu of push/pull for coil splitting

    Oh, and P.S.F.W.W.O.M.F.T. = Panic Stress Factor While Waiting On My First Thorn. I'm only 2 days into the 14-16 month process and I'm trying to adapt to the fact that a year from today it will still be ALMOST ready.... UGH.
     
  2. Scott Peterson

    Scott Peterson Staff Member

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    Cool man - that sounds like a wonderful guitar.

    Keep in mind the reason Ron is so backed up is precisely because his guitars are SO good. I have one, and another on order. Once you get yours, you won't remember one second of the wait. Honest.
     
  3. cnardone

    cnardone Supporting Member

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    Congratualtions. Sounds like it is going to be wonderful. I am envious. HAve fun waiting. It goes really quickly....... um sure it does.

    cmn
     
  4. jimmybcool

    jimmybcool Supporting Member

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    Congrats, I share your pain. I am also waiting for my first Thorn ordered about 4 months ago.

    Eventually life goes on and some days you even forget you ordered it. But not for long.......
     
  5. paintguy

    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm in the same boat. My deposit was in about 3 months ago. I figure " if he builds it, I will come". So I'll let Ron " go the distance". Seeing my Koa top on his site has greatly "eased the pain'. :) I'm good for a few months now.:)

    For some reason the first 2 months were hard, but now I don't think about it too much, or should I say I don't jones for it too much.

    It will come when it comes.:)

    Just enjoy the process and watch yours move up in line as the others before you progress.

    Larry
     
  6. Shreve

    Shreve Katzenjammer Kid Gold Supporting Member

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    Play the snot outta your present instrument. Chances are good that mothballs are in order for it once the Thorn arrives. That's what happened to me. Do not dwell on the wait. You'll only suceed in driving yourself crazy. Practice instead. :)
     
  7. clarkram

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    congrats on your order. After 3 or 4 months you will start to get immune to the wait, and then Ron will send pics and all will be right with the world.

    It looks like wait times have stabilized somewhat. My first Thorn (#20), ordered 12/02 took 6 months from order to delivery. My second (HB002) ordered 8/03 took 14 months.

    The wait is worth it.

    Clark
     
  8. prsflame

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    Congrats!! I ordered my two Thorns last Feb. One of the guitars has just come out of paint, so I'm nearing the home stretch, although I'm still anticipating a bit of a wait.

    I'll echo what someone else has said with regard to enjoying the process. It's fun to see the progress reports/completed guitars that Ron posts on the Thorn forum. :)
     
  9. DWB1960

    DWB1960 Senior Member

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    Thanks for the tips guys. I know that once I have it the wait will instantly be a distant memory. I'm lucky enough to live about a 2.5 hour drive from Ron's place so I plan on visiting once every few months.

    I've also decided to build my first solid body electric from scratch as a hobby while I'm waiting. I've ordered the wood blanks and am asking for some of the necessary tools needed for Christmas.

    I actually woke up this morning thinking about rasp files and band saws instead of my Thorn! It's working already. :)
     
  10. Drunkagain

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    Congratulations man. Though I don't know if hanging out at the Thorn discussion page makes the wait any easier. Looking at all those beautiful guitars being introduced makes wish mine was finished and gives me major GAS to put in another order. =)
     
  11. shadco

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    I'm about 4 months into my wait. I figgur working on my chops so I can give my Thorn some justice when it finally gets done is the best way to pass the time.

    Remember don't send him any Dr. Pepper or Tortilla chips. ;-)

    Here's my specs

    Thorn Artisan Standard #154 Rev.2



    Flat Top Body: 2-pc.
    ==>Change Black Limba ~ (Solid) (BL26)
    Soft Top Option

    Tummy cut: Yes
    Hand Contour: Yes
    5/16" radius back edge
    Neck:Black Limba
    Headcap:
    Brazilian Rosewood
    Neck Carve: Medium "C"
    Fretboard:
    Brazilian Rosewood / 25" Scale / 10"-14" Compound Radius / 22 Frets
    Nut: 1.718" ~ Tusq
    Fretwire: 6150
    Bridge: Thorn Hardtail / Stringthru - Nickel
    Tuners: Locking Sperzel - UltraLite w/ Pearloid Buttons
    Pickups:
    Neck -
    ==>Change WCR Crossroads Zebra
    Bridge -
    ==>Change WCR Darkburst Zebra
    Controls:
    Vol. x 2
    Tone x 1
    3-way Toggle + Coil Split

    Purfling: Sterling Silver ~
    Fretboard & Headstock only
    Dunlop Straploks - Nickel
    Side Dots: Pale Abalone
    Inlaid Logo: Pale Abalone/Sterling Silver
    Inlaid Truss Rod Cover -
    Brazilian Rosewood & Sterling Silver
    Inlays: Abalone Dots w/ Sterling Silver rings
    Pickup rings: Brazilian Rosewood


    Color:
    Body - Natural Satin
    Neck: Natural Satin

    Appointments: Shad fish inlay on heel

    Deluxe TKL Hardshell Case Included
     
  12. Drunkagain

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    Hey Shad, has Ron revealed publicly what the "soft top" option is? I don't want to ask if it's going to let the cat out of the bag.
     
  13. shadco

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    Nope not yet.

    Knowning something that some other Thorn owners don't is a little solace to tide me over during the wait.
     

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