It's finally happening... ordering my own PRS Private Stock!

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  1. HighGain510

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    After a lot of internal debate, I figured if I don't do it soon, I'm going to miss my opportunity to build a custom PRS Private Stock so I officially pulled the trigger last night! :hbang: I'm ordering through Brian @ Brian's Guitars as he's always been fantastic to deal with and I've bought a LOT of nice used Private Stocks from him that he either spec'd himself or helped the customer spec it out. His next trip to the PS Vault is in March so I still have to wait about 2 months, but I'm taking the day to go to the factory myself and hand-pick all my woods in person with Brian and I absolutely cannot wait!!! I've wanted to do this for years and I've played enough PRS models to know what I like and based the choices I made on this guitar from many different experiences with both PRS Core and PS models.

    If I had to say there was one PRS that I'd consider "the one that got away" it would definitely be PRS PS #4346, which was that gorgeous SC245 Signature with piezo. Everything about it was just perfect, I foolishly sold it in a fit of GAS when another piece of "unobtanium" popped up (a rare guitar from a small run that I REALLY wanted to check out and knew I'd never get another chance if I didn't act the same day) and I have kicked myself ever since. :noplease: I figured since that one was unique and is still something I don't have in my arsenal, a PRS "Les Paul Killer" is something I would very much like to have again as the short scale and PRS quality just worked way better for me than any Gibson I've ever tried to bond with in the past. I'm making a few tweaks like removing the piezo and obviously going with one of my absolute favorite PS finishes instead, but wood-wise I'm sticking to the original recipe from 4346 as it's the classic LP combo and should produce some killer tones. Some folks like to go crazy with the wood specs and then end up disappointed when it doesn't sound how they wanted/expected it to, so I already know not to make that mistake with my one shot! :lol: Here's what I'm looking at for my order:


    PRS Private Stock Custom Order:

    Model: McCarty Singlecut 594
    Neck Wood: "Sinker" Mahogany
    Fretboard Wood: Brazilian Rosewood with Curly Maple Binding
    Top Wood: Flamed Maple
    Back Wood: Mahogany
    Headstock Veneer: Brazilian Rosewood
    Neck Carve: Pattern Vintage
    Fret Size: DGT
    Side Dots: Black
    Color/Stain: Jade Glow
    Fingerboard Inlays: Gaspeite Green “J” Birds with Banded Malachite Centers
    Headstock Inlay: Gaspeite Green “J” Private Stock Eagle with Banded Malachite Center
    Finish Type: High Gloss Nitro
    Pickups: Treble: Brushed Nickel Covered 59/09, Bass: Brushed Nickel Covered 59/09
    Electronics: Signature wiring on push-pull tone pots
    Hardware: PRS Zinc Two-Piece Bridge, Phase III Locking Tuner Pegs with Brazilian Rosewood buttons and Matching Mahogany Back Plates
    Setup: D'Addario 10's
    Case Type: PS Brown Leather


    This was the original guitar, PS #4346

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    Mine will look more like this but with my finish and inlay options added:

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    The depth of the McCarty Singlecut 594 body is legit!

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    The one thing I am going to be super picky about is the color as Jade Glow is pretty popular so I've seen a ton of examples and it appears there can be quite a bit of variation depending on the original shade of the wood itself and possibly how much of each of the stains gets applied or how much of a burst they add to the edges. Here are some examples:


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    What do I want mine to look like? As close as humanly possible to the Jade Glow finish they did on my old PS #3675! This one was seriously one of THE most beautiful guitars I've ever seen in person, a true jaw-dropper!



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    I'm also borrowing the matching inlay motif from that guitar as it looked fantastic in person!


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    That's all for now, I'll update the thread with a ton of pics once I get to go to the PRS PS Vault, but figured for now I'd share the excitement! Should be an amazing instrument, and getting to hand-pick all the woods makes it even more special! :wub:
     
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    Esp Griffyn Play more music

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    Cool, hope it turns out how you want it.
     
  3. getowned7474

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    Great choices! I played a single cut jade glow once, it both looked and sounded beautiful. The green inlays and maple binding on the fret board sounds pretty cool.
     
  4. feraledge

    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    Very solid. Selling a bunch to get "the one" is always awesome, especially when you still have other "the ones" to accompany it! :lol: But will be cool to see the build progress and starting with picking your wood.
    Stoked for you!
     
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    KnightBrolaire Pointy Gang

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    damn do i love private stock finishes/aesthetics, I just could never justify the price. definitely going to follow this thread because wood porn is my favorite porn.
     
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    PS #3675 is perfect -- good luck with the finish recreation. I wonder how much of the variation is under their control and how much is influenced by the wood?
     
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    Noisy Humbucker Only obsesses over guitars when not playing them.

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    Well, if anyone should have one it's you HG!
     
  8. HighGain510

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    Thanks! The PS builds typically go pretty smoothly, especially if you pick out the woods in person so there won't be any surprises. :lol: I have seen a few times where something got botched (color wasn't quite right, etc.) and they always make it right. One dude was RIDICULOUSLY picky about the finish on his guitar and I think they redid it twice for him to ensure he was satisfied. :lol: He didn't pick out his woods though so part of it was his fault as he specified the type of figure he wanted but didn't tell them exactly what he wanted to see.

    Right on, yeah the matching green inlays on 3675 really looked awesome in person. I debated doing gold MOP with outlines, but the gaspeite and malachite pairing looked incredible on 3675 so I figured I'd stick with that as it ties the whole thing together nicely!

    :rofl: Yeah exactly, I still have a bunch that won't be going anywhere, but considering how many I have currently, I'm okay with paring down the group to bring in something truly special! I know which options I want and that the specs worked well for me in the past, so I'll almost certainly love this one when it's done assuming they nail the finish. The neck carve and fret combo kicked major ass on #4346!

    Oh believe me, I hear you! The rough thing with PS pricing is that if you decide to sell, you're going to take a 30-50% hit. :flame: It's awesome when you're a used PS buyer but considering the tag, that can be a MAJOR ouchies as a seller. I've waited long enough to ensure if I buy this one new, I'm spec'ing out something I know I'll be inclined to hang onto! :yesway:

    I really think it's a combination of both factors. I've seen cases where the PS paint team will mix up custom blends of the finish, but the wood the customer chose was too light or too dark to get the desired effect, and sometimes that can be tough when the customer is picky about both the figure and color (which is not UNEXPECTED when you're shelling out that kind of coin! :lol:). I'm picky about both, but my plan is to request that one of the PS paint guys swing by and help minimize guessing on what natural shade the maple needs to be and then I'll make my choice from there. I'm guessing to get that bright lime center I will need to pick maple that is on the whiter side of the spectrum as the ones that have a more natural yellowish tint tend affect the outcome of the stain based on what I've seen in the past. The other thing I've seen before is paint samples in the PS area when folks are spec'ing out their guitars, so I'm not sure if that is done by cutting off a piece of the edge of the top you're picking or not but I'm going to ask about that as well as it would take even more of the guessing out of the equation if I can literally see how the maple takes the stains while I'm there in person. :yesway: Fortunately I think I know most of the questions to ask to avoid leaving anything to chance!

    Haha right?! I'm genuinely surprised that it has taken me this long to do it, but honestly it's mostly been GAS getting the best of me. Plus every time I start thinking about doing a Private Stock build, the internal debate fires up where my logical side goes "you do realize you could buy 2-3 Core or Wood Library builds for what you're spending on one Private Stock?!" or a really nice used PS will pop up at a price I can't refuse and then the money is gone. :lol: I have loved PRS guitars forever and had dreamed about doing this ever since I started college, so it's been a looooong time coming, figured before we have kids this is my last shot at finally putting in a PS order! :lol:
     
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    If i were you i would go Mccarty body thickness as 594.
     
  10. HighGain510

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    Haha that's actually funny, I have a question in with someone at PRS who is intimately familiar with the electronics used in the Signature electronics as I had been kicking around the idea of doing a 594 Singlecut instead to gain the super thick body but I didn't want to deal with a CNC upcharge for custom electronics routing for the mini-toggles used in the Signature Switching. That's really the only thing that's really still up for debate, but once I hear back from him I'll see which direction I'm going.

    The PS SC245 I had certainly sounded amazing, but I figured the thicker body would be a plus to really nail the huge LP tone vibe I'm going for out of this build. If there's no issue with me moving to the McCarty Singlecut 594, I'll be doing that! :yesway: I don't typically love TOM-style bridges, but the one that PRS use on the 594 have those fat rounded saddles which are pretty comfy! :metal:
     
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    So jelly :lol:

    Really looking forward to seeing how this one turns out, should be amazing!
     
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    Really, man, considering what one of these things cost, passing up on an option you want because of a routing upcharge seems silly. Just do it. :lol:
     
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    Me too, I already know what I want out of the guitar so that certainly helps! They can typically grab the PS folks for a couple minutes so I'll make sure any paint-specific stuff gets addressed first and foremost and leave the pics with them so they can reference them easily. I have no doubt they'll absolutely nail it! :D

    I actually heard back from my guy at PRS and he said they can do the Signature switching using push-pull pots for each pickup instead. Honestly for the previous one that had piezo and all on there it made sense to do mini toggles since the routing was there for that model and it already needed the piezo mini toggle, but in this case I don't have piezo going on there so it would look much cleaner with the 4-knob layout and the pickup selector toggle on the upper bout.

    Since I'm able to do the Signature wiring on a 594, I confirmed today it was no problem to change over to a McCarty Singlecut 594 so that's the plan! The added body thickness, scale and 2-piece bridge should actually help even more to nail the huge Les Paul tone on this guitar which was the main goal. It's just an added bonus that it won't be an upcharge. ;) When you're talking $750-1K for a CNC modification, that's not exactly pocket change so despite the tag already being high on a PS, I'm not actively looking to customize things that aren't necessary. I dig push-pulls and it won't look off at all since it's the standard config anyway. :yesway:
     
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    That's great news - will look so much cleaner with that electronics config. I love the 594 thickness too. I've never connected with a PRS like the 594, and I think the thickness has a lot to do with it. Might just be a mental thing, but whether it's real or not, I like it better.
     
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    This just keeps getting better :D
     
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    I'm not fond of green guitars actually but that scheme with malachite inlays is ubersmart (don't care if that word doesn't exist, it's legit today in that thread !)

    Big congrats :yesway::yesway::yesway:
     
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    holy cow i'm gonna need a new pair of pants, good luck and grats on the build mate
     
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    What an experience, sounds killer!!
     
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    The Holcomb refin, and now this. You are going to have quite the epic collection good sir.
     
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    Congrats, man!
    It's going to be time to reeaalllly start watching the "PrivateStock Friday" thread soon, huh? :lol:
     

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