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The Fender shape has a lot going for it. Properly done it's well balanced (no neck dive) with little or no difficulty getting to the highest frets.

 

I don't like the PRS headstock on it though. But that's just for looks. I prefer the 6 in line on the Fender shape, I think it goes with the offset shape of the guitar better (although if I liked everything else about the guitar, it wouldn't be a deal killer).

 

What I don't like about the Fender is the short neck radius and the PRS continues with that profile. OK for others, but I prefer a 14" radius. I have no trouble with the chords at the flatter fretboard and it makes extreme sting bends easier, even with low action. I also don't like the weight of the strat. I play sax, flute, wind synth, guitar, and sometimes keys on my gigs, and sometimes that requires a lot of instrument switching. A lighter guitar is appreciated.

 

So I got Parkers. Unfortunately people didn't see the advantages of Parker guitars so they withered away. I get a contoured, balanced and light weight body. Even though it's light weight, it sustains as well as my 8+ pound Les Pal clone while it is over 3 pounds lighter. The locking tuners, graph tech nut and bridge plus the almost straight string path from machine head to bridge makes for excellent tuning stability. It stays in tune better than my non-whammy guitars. Plus I get Duncan Pickups with a piezo under the bridge that can be blended with the mags, hardened stainless steel frets that after years still show no signs of wear, and a quality build.

 

I liked it so much I bought two. The second one with a different pickup configuration. Since I gig for a living, if one has an accident, I have a backup that feels the same.

 

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Now I still love my Gibson, but my Parker goes to the gig with me. It's definitely not the best solution for everybody, but it's the best for me.

 

BTW, the one on the right is the Notes Norton Signature model (I had it done in the custom shop) ;)

 

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IMHO.. PRS guitars, build specs/quality aside.. have always been a solution looking for a problem to solve...

 

 

Very True!

Great guitars, but yeah, for me, they've always been a little "homeless".

 

 

My opinion on the one above.........meh..........my personal preference is that true "strat" style guitars need a six in line style headstock.

 

NHTom

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PRS have slightly devalued my opinion of them with this, but they are doing no less than most all other guitar builders.

That includes Gibson & Fender of course....

 

 

 

 

 

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I have no problem with 'copies'. I just think it very sad that anyone feels the need to copy. What is it about these 60 year old designs that is thought to be so special? The lack of imagination and innovation is appalling.

 

I would buy a 'copy' if it was better than the original, but I'd prefer a different design best of all.

That Gibson looks like something Paul Gilbert would play.

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the strat shape is the biggest harlot (the editor wont let me use the ess ell yoo tee word) of the guitar world. who hasn't made a strat shape? i bet the number of ones who haven't is a shorter list than the ones who have. [flapper]

 

i'd like to try one of those prs strats just to see what it feels and sounds like. i doubt i'd buy one though. i'd rather build another partscaster.

 

i just reached for a chocolate milkshake that i finished 20 minutes ago. pshew :lol:

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the strat shape is the biggest harlot (the editor wont let me use the ess ell yoo tee word) of the guitar world. <...snip...>

 

That's because it works. It's contoured so your arm doesn't hurt and it fits your body, it's well balanced so there is no neck dive, and it gives you easier access to the highest frets. When the shape of the tool doen't get in the way, it's possible to play better. Leo shaped the Strat using feedback from real musicians telling him what they didn't like about the tele shape.

 

Greatness inspires copies, and the Strat shape is great for the player.

 

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That's because it works. It's contoured so your arm doesn't hurt and it fits your body, it's well balanced so there is no neck dive, and it gives you easier access to the highest frets. When the shape of the tool doen't get in the way, it's possible to play better. Leo shaped the Strat using feedback from real musicians telling him what they didn't like about the tele shape.

 

And he already had the Precision, which the few players that had one loved. He had begun contouring some of them.

 

And he wanted four pickups in the Strat.

 

rct

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It's sort of inline with something Carlos Santana said a few years ago when asked about the latest release of his signature guitar. When asked about the tone Carlos said they worked "...really hard to make it sound just like a Strat..." Wonder if he'll start playing this new PRS instead?

 

Sound like a Strat? That'd be a pretty neat trick. A 24.5" scale, with Humbuckers & a set neck!

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