What PRS model is the most quintessentially PRS

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by pageburst, Feb 15, 2019.

  1. pageburst

    pageburst Member

    Messages:
    965
    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2007
    I often see PRSs compared with Les Pauls or even Strats but when PRS started it was all about making a very high quality American made guitar at a time when Fender and Gibson were not at their best. Mixing in elements of a Les Paul and Strat, Paul came up with his own unique design.

    As I understsnd it the custom standard and CE were the first PRSs with the either 22 or 24 frets and then of course there was the famous Santana model. Since then PRS has produced numerous highly regarded models, the McCarty, DGT to name a few not to mention artist models.

    So my question is this, if you had to pick one PRS that best sums up the essence of a PRS, what would it be.
     
  2. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    40,535
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2002
    Location:
    Northern VA
    The Custom. Later renamed the Custom 24 when PRS started making 22 fret guitars, too.
     
    kselbee, uab9253, Bankston and 36 others like this.
  3. sedawkgrep

    sedawkgrep Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,823
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2012
    Yep this hits the nail right on the head.
     
    ahab, Nickstrtcstr, dahctor and 3 others like this.
  4. cap10kirk

    cap10kirk Member

    Messages:
    7,765
    Joined:
    May 9, 2015
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic US
    Definitely the Custom 24.
     
  5. Liquid State

    Liquid State Member

    Messages:
    124
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2016
    Custom 24, 10 top

    to be quintessential, it would be purple or blue
     
    EL34, Nickstrtcstr, gerg6 and 2 others like this.
  6. AaeCee

    AaeCee Member

    Messages:
    17,900
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2005
    Location:
    MD.
    That would definitely be #1, followed by the Santana, and the McCarty. Those three still serve as the basis for a majority of their other models, which are derivative of those forms to varying degrees.

    There are still quite a few others beyond that however, as their horizon is fairly broad these days.
     
    Nickstrtcstr, sanhozay and big mike like this.
  7. Frozen Rat

    Frozen Rat Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,138
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Location:
    California
    The Custom 24 was one of their very first if not the first, right? I vote for that one too. Not my favorite, but it is the one that has had the PRS "thing" about it for the longest.
     
    Nickstrtcstr and '62 Stratmaniac like this.
  8. Seal

    Seal Supporting Member

    Messages:
    484
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2015
    Not to derail but I hadn’t really played a PRS and played a CE 24 the other day at Guitar Center. It was quite nice. Is the Custom 24 that much better?
     
    BoogieManSC and scolfax like this.
  9. AaeCee

    AaeCee Member

    Messages:
    17,900
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2005
    Location:
    MD.
    That's always a personal judgement call of course. I'm a big fan of the core Cu24 and owned a few, and adore the one I have. I've played a CE which seemed like a lot of bang-for-the-buck, but the Cu feels like a bit more of a luxury ride to me.
     
  10. big mike

    big mike Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    11,997
    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    Yellow
    10 top
    Red back
    Birds
    Custom 24.
     
  11. supersoldier71

    supersoldier71 Member

    Messages:
    3,659
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2010
    Location:
    Fayetteville, NC
    I own an SE Custom 24 Floyd and an S2 Standard 24, so neither of them would be "quintessential" PRSs. But as @AaeCee said, Custom 24s, even the Korean-made ones, feel luxurious. My Standard 24 is a ridiculously well-made guitar, but it's got a "Charcoal Satin" finish that looks sinister and feels great in the hands, but doesn't have the eye-catching appeal of the higher end Core models.

    So go with what @big mike said. That's THE PRS formula.
     
  12. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    40,535
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2002
    Location:
    Northern VA
    Well, 3/5 ain't bad (it was 1986 - no one I knew at the time, or I, had even heard of PRS before I bought mine, I liked my regular top the best, and I thought the birds would just confuse me! :eek: ). :)

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Otter351

    Otter351 Member

    Messages:
    454
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2015
    Location:
    Silicon Valley
    This pretty much nails the very first one I ever saw (Carlos) and fell in love with it instantly. A few phone calls and a 30 min trip to the nearest dealer, I started swearing profusely when I saw the price tag. A year or so later I saved up and went back to buy a lovely whale blue Cu24 and it's been my #1 for almost 30 years. I did find a yellow Cu24 (moons, not birds) not too long after that and picked it up too. Sold it to buy a late 90s Cu22 Dragon I and that was the biggest mistake in my guitar trading life. If anyone comes across my '92 Yellow Cu24 w/moons...reward
     
    Snail likes this.
  14. beNsteR

    beNsteR Member

    Messages:
    1,035
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2004
    Location:
    Singapore
    The quintessential PRS would have to be a 1985-1990 Custom (24) with birds, braz board, in vintage yellow.
     
    Benz2112 and '62 Stratmaniac like this.
  15. Yamaha 350

    Yamaha 350 Member

    Messages:
    6,355
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2017
    All of them. They are that good really.
     
  16. paintguy

    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,094
    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2005
    Location:
    Los Angeles, Ca
    My first PRS. Now long gone.:( 5 for 5

    [​IMG]
     
    carlosmucho, ahab, TonyBony and 6 others like this.
  17. Green Pro Am

    Green Pro Am Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,156
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2004
    Location:
    San Francisco
    Santana for me. The short horn ones were the originals.
     
    JB Eckl, PaulE and Stormin like this.
  18. Stormin

    Stormin Tele's and Plexis Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    4,118
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2005
    Location:
    Raleigh-wood, NC
    Santana or a Custom 24. I went with a Santana.

    [​IMG]
     
    bigstar, skhan007, ant_riv and 4 others like this.
  19. jbird

    jbird Member

    Messages:
    1,024
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2003
    Location:
    Sacramento, Ca.
  20. darkinners

    darkinners Member

    Messages:
    977
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2012
    Location:
    Hong Kong
    Custom 24. No doubt about it.

    My personal fav from PRS is McCarty though.
     
    pageburst and '62 Stratmaniac like this.

Share This Page