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  1. Okay, at extreme risk of revealing the depths of my depravity, I am going to post a couple of things. Why? well, I am approaching a major (read big round) age milestone. Sooner or later someone is going to deal with a whole buncha stuff when I am gone. So, I keep trying to scale back. It is NEVER a straight line. I HAVE sold many guitars lately. These two have attracted the attention of one repeat buyer (five guitars last week). My guess is that, if he buys these as well, they may soon be headed off to some collector's vault in Asia. (No, not Japan). So, why not at least post an alert? And, yes, I know they are way over the top in just about every possible way, including the price......Let me say, for perspective, I have had a lot of pretty nice guitars. Any many that were too fancy for many people. I have always liked working with wood, in my barely talented amateurish way, and so I appreciate it when people more talented than myself do add something of an "artistic touch" to their work. Even if some others think it is way too indulgent. I have never been afraid to play any instrument I have ever owned. I WILL say that these two do "intimidate me" just a little. First is a 2013 Private Stock DC-245. Which means a doublecut guitar with a 24.5" scale. Sort of a predecessor to the 594 series. In a "Zombie Skin Stage 1" finish. EI rosewood neck, Madagascar rosewood board, African Mahogany body and quilted maple top. Pickups are, IMO, one of the best combinations of the "PAF" flavor pickups, with a 57/08 neck and 59/09 bridge. It has the usual "McCarty" type electronics, with a push/pull coil split. RW buttons and locking tuners. Also somewhat unique, and apparently no longer even available.....The inlays and side dots are genuine ivory......Legal, as they are mammoth ivory. Mammoths are extinct, NOT endangered. The centers of the inlays are "leopard skin". Obviously, a natural stone type of material NOT animal parts! Topped off with a Private Stock leather hard case. It dates to 2013 (I am the second owner, as best I know) and it does have the original certificate. Does the ivory and such contribute to greater tone? Of course not. But the combination of woods, IMO, does make it a great sounding guitar, with that extra bit of "hi fi" or "grand piano" character I like from a rosewood neck. I did post it locally for $5950. I believe my Oriental buyer will be back in town later this week, wanting to look at both this and the other (to follow). In the meantime, I will just mention it here in the event anyone knows anyone more stateside. Otherwise, feel free to check out my lousy attempt at picture taking......Or decry the notion that people should actually pay such STOOPID amounts for a guitar, if that is your preference. What can I say? Not everything I do is completely rational. As is even more obvious when I consider what I paid.
  2. So, why the multiple sales to kick off 2019? To quote the late John Belushi, "Tew much chit, man!" Also, I find most of my "f-hole" attention going to a pair of longer scale guitars, one a very special custom Order SuperPro, the other a "high end import". And, perhaps, I am getting too old to keep a lot of relatively unused things just because "I like them". So, first up, a guitar that is actually more hollow body than semi.....It has a post under the bridge, connecting the top and back. But is has a smaller body and seems much more resistant to feedback than such as the Gibson ES-330s I once owned. This is a near mint PRS HB II Artist Package guitar.....Artist Package is, IMO, the "sweet spot" in the PRS line up, price-wise, above their normal "core" line, with woods that are above the typical "10 top" and in many cases equal or nearly equal to those offered on their highest end "Private Stocks". This one has the upgrade to a truly exceptional top AND back. In additional to the exceptional body woods and finish, it has a highly flamed maple neck, topped with an ebony fingerboard. This color, Bonnie Pink, is definitely NOT for everyone. I reckon people will either love it or hate it. I can pretty much guarantee you are not likely to see another like it. As someone here once told me....."Man, that is a guitar ELVIS would have played!" (Sunglasses not included!) The newer HB II guitars, including this one, came with the very vintage sounding 57/08 pickups. For someone that wants a more vintage rock or blues tone, they are a huge improvement over the original "McCarty Archtops" that came with the original versions of this guitar. they match well with the piezo system that allows you to mix and match acoustic and electric sounds, using the best control system (proprietary to PRS) I have ever seen on such a guitar.......Combine the two signals into a single amp, our get the maximum tone control by sending each signal to a separate amp. Comes with the original hardshell case, which is an exceptional one, IMO. I am asking $4200, shipped (CONUS). Add payment fees if required.
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