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NGD - PRS Johnny Hiland 10-Top!!!

Deaj

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I received the PRS Johnny Hiland guitar this afternoon and I'm absolutely thrilled with it! I remember very much liking these guitars when I demo'd them a few years ago and I was sure it would work out. Still I didn't expect it to be as great as I'm finding it to be. It's a fusion of all of the things I like dig about Strat's and the traits I love in my '88 PRS CE24. The pickups are fantastic! They're very much like low output PAF's - bright but full sounding, and great overtones. The bridge pickup response to volume pot settings is very cool - goes from Tele twang to a great old-school bridge PAF rock tone. The guitar has spank and twang!! This makes for one of the best full output bridge humbucker clean tones I've ever used.

I spent a good bit of time setting it up this evening. The previous owner had it set up for 10's - I play 9 gauge strings so a setup was necessary. The nut was never cut for 10's but it's been strung with 10's for long enough that the nut really needs to be properly cut for 9's again. The trem doesn't hold tuning perfectly and the nut is the culprit. For the way I use a trem it's not really an issue but I want it resolved. I'll take it into Mike Lull's shop and have him install a bone nut and do a full setup when time allows.

It's just day one and I know I'll be high on this guitar for a bit. It's different enough from my Strat and my CE24 that it won't sit idle. It's such a great match for me that it wouldn't surprise me if it eventually becomes my #1.

I took a few pics with the guitar hanging in my music room. The light is terrible in this room so the pics aren't that great. They do show the guitar pretty well though. It's a looker! :)







 

THebert

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Beautiful guitar! On the nut thing, have you tried some powered graphite like from a pencil or something like Big Bens nut sauce? That might either work or at least help-
 

Deaj

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Beautiful guitar! On the nut thing, have you tried some powered graphite like from a pencil or something like Big Bens nut sauce? That might either work or at least help-
Thanks! :)

Lubrication did help a bit though not enough to clear the issue completely. It's no matter for now as it works really well for me in its current state. I'm looking forward to the improvement in open string clarity more than tremolo stability. A graphite nut can sound a bit 'tubby' compared to fretted strings. Bone just sounds better to my ears. It'll be a while before I have it done as I don't want to give the guitar up for the service time.

I expect I'll be playing a lot this weekend...
 

jett1963

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My Hiland is my main guitar now. It is vastly under-rated. The neck carve is perfect for me. I like the fact that it is carved fatter near the nut and thin at the higher frets. Agreed on the pick-ups. I also love the 25 inch scale. Bought mine used from a fellow TGP'er.
 

Deaj

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My Hiland is my main guitar now. It is vastly under-rated. The neck carve is perfect for me. I like the fact that it is carved fatter near the nut and thin at the higher frets. Agreed on the pick-ups. I also love the 25 inch scale. Bought mine used from a fellow TGP'er.
Time will tell of course but I could easily see the Hiland becoming my #1. I played a lot today (overdid it really - likely won't play tomorrow as a result). The Hiland couldn't replace either of my other electrics but it has traits I favor from each of those instruments and could easily become the 'go to' guitar, the first one I reach for. It just does so many things so well, it almost plays itself it's so easy to play, and it sounds awesome!

Obviously I'm in the honeymoon phase at this time so I'll have to wait to see how things shake out. I can't see letting this one go though.
 




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