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Re: Strat comparisons

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Had the PRS Silver Sky for a few days now. Leaving aside the Marmite aesthetics it's a great sounding and playing guitar. Bridge pickup I'm actually not 100% sure of, though I've heard demos that sound really good so I'm sure it's worth persisting with. Usual PRS build-quality / tuning stability. Rosewood is as dark as ebony and beautifully smooth.

Tiny niggles include it being difficult to thread strings through the trem block. The end of the hole might usefully have a chamfer to better guide the string. The volume pot is all but off by the time it's at five. Don't understand the reason for such a steep taper. Trem arm needed a trip to the vice as the 90 degree bend left it too close to the body (a personal thing and an easy fix). Output jack could have a more positive 'click' into position. Neck carve wouldn't be my first choice but, again, that's a personal thing. It still plays really well so maybe that doesn't matter.

Main thing is that it sounds like the Strat in my head (bridge pickup maybe less so), and it plays like a PRS.
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Molly wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:56 pm Main thing is that it sounds like the Strat in my head (bridge pickup maybe less so).
Now thats super exciting!!
Cause I’m bigger than my body gives me credit for…

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Cause I’m bigger than my body gives me credit for…

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jeremyb wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:35 pm
Molly wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:56 pm Main thing is that it sounds like the Strat in my head (bridge pickup maybe less so).
Now thats super exciting!!
I like this demo.



He gets a huge range of tones including some cool Malmsteen type thing near the end. Not that you couldn't do that on loads of S-type guitars.

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Re: Strat comparisons

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I've tried a few Silver Skys including a white one in the K Rd Rockshop, wonder if it's the same one. I really liked the neck shape, reminded me of the 63-64 era strats with that taper that gets thicker as you move away from the headstock. I also really liked the pickups, my mates SS has a really nice sounding bridge pickup. It's great you got one with a dark fingerboard.

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Good bunch compared here:
  • Fender Custom Shop 2020 LTD '59 Strat Heavy Relic Chocolate over 2TSB
  • Schecter Guitars
  • Xotic Guitars
  • Suhr Classic Pro Peach LTD - SSS Roasted Maple Sonic Blue
  • PRS John Mayer Silver Sky
  • Knaggs Chesapeake Severn X Tier 3 Aged Ivory
Cause I’m bigger than my body gives me credit for…

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jeremyb wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:17 pm Good bunch compared here:
  • Fender Custom Shop 2020 LTD '59 Strat Heavy Relic Chocolate over 2TSB
  • Schecter Guitars
  • Xotic Guitars
  • Suhr Classic Pro Peach LTD - SSS Roasted Maple Sonic Blue
  • PRS John Mayer Silver Sky
  • Knaggs Chesapeake Severn X Tier 3 Aged Ivory
I watched that. On this demo at least they're pretty much indistinguishable from each other IMHO.

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Nice one Brian. Just saw who you bought it from. That’s the one I imported, it’s a good one.

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Re: Strat comparisons

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Molly wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:56 pm
Main thing is that it sounds like the Strat in my head ..... and it plays like a PRS.

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This may be the definitive ruling on the Silver Sky!

Well said Molly.
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No need to remind him every 6 months.

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opsguy wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:15 pm Nice one Brian. Just saw who you bought it from. That’s the one I imported, it’s a good one.
Cool! It's got heritage! :-)

Glad it's your old one. I know you're choosy.

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John plays with the tone rolled back quite often, have you tried that in the bridge Brian? Silly question probably :lol:
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jeremyb wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:51 pm John plays with the tone rolled back quite often, have you tried that in the bridge Brian? Silly question probably :lol:
Seems important in the bridge. In the demo I posted the guy does some nice slide with one tone down and the other up. Sounds cool.

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THAT TOAN!!!!!!

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Re: Strat comparisons

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Can't beat the tweed deluxe :)


maybe with a tweed vibrolux...

or both in stereo :P
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Bg wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:43 pm Can't beat the tweed deluxe :)


maybe with a tweed vibrolux...

or both in stereo :P
If I ever get decent at guitar I'm gonna get me a deluxe!
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