Moriarties guitars go for like $6k bare bones and I would buy a PRS over one of those anyday
Jon S. wrote:In my view, it is a mistake to characterize a PRS as a factory-built guitar if by that you mean little by hand craftsmanship. I've visited the PRS factory multiple times over the years and have gotten to know some of their workers personally. True, the bodies and necks are rough cut by CNC but after that, it's all human beings doing everything from the initial sanding to the final buffing. PRSs are not everyone's cup of tea nor should they be but they are finely crafted, highly consistent instruments of high quality.
P.S. Here's my own '86. Bought it new when neither myself nor anyone else I knew had even heard of Paul Reed Smith, much less played one of his guitars. Walked into my local shop to buy a Les Paul, played a bunch, then played the PRS Custom, bought the Custom, and spent the next year answering, "You paid $1400 for what?!" Well, the guitar's worth a bit more than $1400 today.
jeager wrote:Dear Mandoborg,
Not sure what you intend to imply by your comment but I am sure that all music has some connection to the past. The thing about 'Dead' music is that it continues to evolve and be a part of the future. In my opinion the Dead drew from the well of American roots music (and beyond) more than any other "rock" band I know of, and created their own synthesis that brought those elements into the present and future. While many of us on this forum may be happy to simply "realign with the past", there are a number of top professionals out there that have have drawn water from the well of 'Dead' music and are using it to grow something new of their own, this is similar to way that any improvising musician is probably drawing from Luis Armstrong at some level even if the result sounds totally 21st century.
I work with a keyboard player who keeps referring to the song choices made by the rest of the band as "Armenian Folk" tunes, implying that he thinks no one in our audience knows the stuff, and shouldn't we include some songs that are more popular, get higher paying gigs, get more folks up dancing etc, etc... Some people just don't get it (I am sure you do though)....
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