Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sydney Australia
Re: Gibson LP Vs PRS standard satin
Oh well, here goes my broken record again - years ago I worked in a "Vintage" guitar shop that was also a Gibson dealer - the owner of the shop (who is a pretty cool dude despite my odd gripes) told me I HAD to play Gibsons, as PRS weren't collectible, had no vintage market, no heritage blah blah blah (of course the real reason was that he didn't deal in PRS), so, against my better judgement I plonked down the GDP of a small African Nation on a Custom Shop '57 Goldtop - the tone was great - what a pity that the guitar REFUSED to stay in tune, REFUSED to intonate correctly across the neck, weighed so much that I ended up spending about ten sessions with a sports physiotherapist due to nerve damage to my left arm, and like all Custom Shop Gibsons was shipped to Australia with NO levelling and crowning to the frets at all! Eventually due to the above issues I swapped to a '64 SG, which sounded even better, tone wise, but had EVEN MORE TUNING ISSUES, took me literally months and months to track down every rattle and buzz on the guitar and just generally, despite being an exceptionally cool looking guitar just completely shat me up the wall.
So I eventually left the guitar shop, flogged the Les Paul and SG and bought a PRS Custom 22 stoptail - all the above issues disappeared in one fell swoop, the PRS is a dream guitar - to the point that since then I have also bought a PRS Custom 22 Soapbar and a Singlecut Artist - all three are superlatively great instruments - and all this tosh about PRS not being as good as they used to be is just that - tosh - every PRS I pick up (and I pick up every PRS I see in Sydney) is as good as any other - even the SE series are exceptionally good instruments.
That's of course just my personal opinion, but I have owned and played plenty of both Gibson and PRS guitars, and there are now basically no Gibsons (except a trashed Explorer project) and three PRS's in my collection - and the PRS's get gigged whereas my JEMs do case time at home.