PRS-style Electric Guitar

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Project by Ripthorn posted 10-10-2015 03:17 PM 1367 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love PRS guitars, but the price tag is too high for me to have any more than the one I have. So I decided to make a practice one in preparation for making a nice hollowbody version. This is the practice one. Just done with maple and alder I had in the shop, along with some birdseye maple for the neck and pau ferro for the fretboard, also that I just had kicking around in the shop. I made templates for the outer shape and carved top and went to town. It is finished in Formby’s low gloss tung oil with paste wax. I love how it turned out. On to the real one!

Hmmm, it looks like it has rotated my photos, sorry ‘bout that!

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#1 posted 10-10-2015 03:30 PM

Very nice, Brian!
The Maple looks great, and the finish is clean. Love the neck, too!

Have room for an apprentice in your shop? I can sweep floors! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 10-10-2015 04:01 PM

Looks GREAT…

Very good job!

What does PRS mean? :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 10-10-2015 04:04 PM

Nice looking guitar.

Joe, PRS is the initials of the company founder Paul Reed Smith.

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#4 posted 10-10-2015 05:09 PM

Stunning work. It really turned out gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing how the hollow body turns out.

-- Brad, Texas,

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Patrick Jaromin

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#5 posted 10-10-2015 10:03 PM

Beautiful work! Can’t wait to see the hollow body version.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#6 posted 10-10-2015 10:08 PM

Joe, PRS is the company founded by Paul Reed Smith. Their American made guitars are widely considered some of the highest quality instruments out there, and they always look fantastic.

Terry, you make it down to Austin, you’re welcome to stay. I won’t even make you sweep floors!

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#7 posted 10-11-2015 01:00 PM

Looks way too nice to call it “practice.” Great job. So, how does it play?

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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#8 posted 10-28-2015 01:45 AM

Jam on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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