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Old 02-07-2018, 06:48 PM
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I was at the shop that I frequent for fingerstyle instruction when Tony McMannus showed up with his signature guitar and gave us all an impromptu half hour concert on his Signature PRS, as he was promoting them. He was plugged into a fishman acoustic amp and it was of course an amazing experience. A couple of weeks later I tried one of those guitars. I found it to be kind of heavy and not as good as I thought it would be and in the 6K price range with Brazilian and Spruce. I heard that the PRS guitars are not his favorite either but loves to promote them. I felt that there were many other guitars in that range that were better. I also understand that Tony McMannus can make a plastic toy guitar sound good.
PRS acoustics are not his favorite? Quite the contrary from what I've seen.
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:39 PM
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I played three or four of the handmade Paul Reed Smith acoustics at the tent the company had at the Fretboard Summit a couple of years ago. Mr. Smith himself was in there, but there's another luthier on his payroll who was also there who's actually in charge of building their acoustic guitars. I'm sorry that I can't recall that gentleman's name, but Mr. Smith was quite deferential to him.

The guitars themselves were fine instruments, very even across the tonal spectrum. Their playability was great, as were the materials used to make them. The fit and finish were what you'd expect from guitars in that price point, which is to say excellent.

The tone was similar to guitars built by high end custom builders like Mike Baranik and Jeff Traugott, and all of the guitars were very responsive to a light touch.


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That luthier would probably be Steve Fischer?
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:57 PM
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That luthier would probably be Steve Fischer?
Might be, probably is. Both of them were friendly and helpful.

While in their presence I didn't delve too deeply into either the guitars or their goals and philosophy about them, for the simple reason that the instruments themselves are out of my price range. Basically, I stepped into the tent, said howdy, played a few of the guitars and then left.

Had the guitars been within the realm of something I could afford, I might have stayed longer and talked more searchingly about them with them both. But since I knew I couldn't afford one, I didn't want to waste their time or mine.


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Old 02-07-2018, 10:04 PM
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I bought a PRS Acoustic when they first decided to venture into that market. I was a big fan of their electrics.

I went into Guitar Center and inquired and was shocked when the found one in stock in another store. At that time there were two model only the Angelus and Tonarre. I did not love it and do not remember exactly why. It was beautiful and sounded nice. I probably did not like its neck as I only get along with a neck shape similar to Martins MLO neck, but after playing their electrics, the neck was somewhat surprising to me. I honestly cant say 100% why we didn't get along. But I copied the retail slip. Looking back, that was a heck of a good deal at $4250 on sale.


PRS Angelus Cutaway Acoustic Guitar with Rosewood Back and Sides Regular Natural $4795.00 $4250.00

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It appears utilising fan bracjng behind the bridgeplate seems to be the main difference between the prs approach and conventional x braced acoustics.

However avail Michael bashkin has been using hybrid x brace with fan bracing behind the bridge plate long before prs started selling their acoustics.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:13 PM
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There's a NOS Grand Tonare, Brazilian b/s in my local music store that's gorgeous. They're selling it for 60% off their original price--not the fake MSRP--the store's original price, because they've had it for two or three years now.

The owner says they can't move it because no one knows PRS acoustics; all they sell are Martins and Taylors. If it was a lefty I would have bought it on site.
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There's a NOS Grand Tonare, Brazilian b/s in my local music store that's gorgeous. They're selling it for 60% off their original price--not the fake MSRP--the store's original price, because they've had it for two or three years now.

The owner says they can't move it because no one knows PRS acoustics; all they sell are Martins and Taylors. If it was a lefty I would have bought it on site.
Do they have a website?
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There's a nice tonare on sale on reverb:

https://reverb.com/item/5893319-prs-...bacco-sunburst

And a nice angelus:

https://reverb.com/item/9862323-paul...nian-blackwood
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I played a couple at the Woodstock show a few years back. The guys at the table were so disinterested, talking with each other, never once asking if I had questions or anything. Not a good way to make an impression. As far as how they played, they were just “okay” to me in a sea of hand crafted gems. Maybe it was a bad environment, but there were many other guitars at Woodstock that sounded far better. I’d buy a Furch before a PRS, or Collings. I know I left with a bad impression, I just think you can find better for the same money, SE line not included because I have not seen those yet.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:07 AM
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Those are some excellent prices!
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