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You can see my review of this guitar in >thishere
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You can see my review of this guitar in >thishere
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here is PRS' actual review since he's to LAZY to follow the beloved GEAR FORMAT:

WOW! I'm lovin' this guitar! It feels, play's, and sounds great! I imediately had to change the tiny .09's out for some .10-.52's, and set it up for half a step down. Only had to adjust the intonation on 3 strings. Neck curve is just right. Action is perfect (for me at least). Virtually no fret buzz at all. The grover tuners are nice and smooth, and stay in tune.

The neck is very comfortable! It's a bit fatter than my PRS's "wide fat" neck, and slightly narrower. It's very comfortable to play on anywhere on the neck. The frets are of regular size (smaller than jumbo) and are very smooth. The fretboard is a nice dark silky smooth slab of rosewood, with abalone dots.

The body of the guitar is flawless, and very comfortable. It is a very well balanced guitar. You can feel the whole guitar resonate while playing, and it has a nice open tone to it when played unplugged.

The JB in the bridge sounds very nice, and seems a very good match with this guitar. I was a bit unsure about the Yamaha made PAF style in the neck, but after playing with it, I am quite impressed. It has a very nice vintage type tone.

I'm sure I've overlooked some things, so, if there's anything else you want to know about it just ask.

Here's a little clip I made the other night with it. The clean track used the middle position (both pickups), and the lead used the neck pickup (the very last little bit used the bridge).
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here is PRS' actual review since he's to LAZY to follow the beloved GEAR FORMAT:

WOW! I'm lovin' this guitar! It feels, play's, and sounds great! I imediately had to change the tiny .09's out for some .10-.52's, and set it up for half a step down. Only had to adjust the intonation on 3 strings. Neck curve is just right. Action is perfect (for me at least). Virtually no fret buzz at all. The grover tuners are nice and smooth, and stay in tune.

The neck is very comfortable! It's a bit fatter than my PRS's "wide fat" neck, and slightly narrower. It's very comfortable to play on anywhere on the neck. The frets are of regular size (smaller than jumbo) and are very smooth. The fretboard is a nice dark silky smooth slab of rosewood, with abalone dots.

The body of the guitar is flawless, and very comfortable. It is a very well balanced guitar. You can feel the whole guitar resonate while playing, and it has a nice open tone to it when played unplugged.

The JB in the bridge sounds very nice, and seems a very good match with this guitar. I was a bit unsure about the Yamaha made PAF style in the neck, but after playing with it, I am quite impressed. It has a very nice vintage type tone.

I'm sure I've overlooked some things, so, if there's anything else you want to know about it just ask.

Here's a little clip I made the other night with it. The clean track used the middle position (both pickups), and the lead used the neck pickup (the very last little bit used the bridge).
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PRSplaya

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Originally Posted by: PonyOne
here is PRS' actual review since he's to LAZY to follow the beloved GEAR FORMAT:

Give me a break man, it's my birthday. I'll go back and revise it, but not today since I'm being too LAZY. :rolleyes:
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Originally Posted by: PonyOne
here is PRS' actual review since he's to LAZY to follow the beloved GEAR FORMAT:

Give me a break man, it's my birthday. I'll go back and revise it, but not today since I'm being too LAZY. :rolleyes:
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Lordathestrings

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meh, at least its a Yamaha. ;)

Next time, a Washburn, fer sure!
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meh, at least its a Yamaha. ;)

Next time, a Washburn, fer sure!
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Originally Posted by: Lordathestrings
meh, at least its a Yamaha. ;)

Next time, a Washburn, fer sure!

Any suggestions?

no, No, NO, NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Must...resist...the...GAS!!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by: Lordathestrings
meh, at least its a Yamaha. ;)

Next time, a Washburn, fer sure!

Any suggestions?

no, No, NO, NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Must...resist...the...GAS!!!!!!!!
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Well, lesse, now...

When I needs a change from my Yamahas...

(late 60's?) Yamaha SA-30 sunburst 12-string hollowbody electric
1984 Yamaha SBG1000 black double cutaway LP type ("Brand X", with DiMarzio Dual Sound & SCHB pickups, my main axe)
1984 Yamaha SBG1000 black double cutaway LP type ("The Stalker"), with DiMarzio Tone Zone & PAF Pro pickups, my nasty axe)
19?? Yamaha RBX350 'walnut' 4-string electric bass guitar ("Thumper Thudpucker")

... I turns to my....

19?? Washburn EA20-12B Festival Series 12-string electric/acoustic
198? Washburn SBT-21 Telecoustic-styled white solid body with piezo bridge
(late 70's?) Washburn A-20CS Stage Series sunburst 6-string electric hard-tail (weird-looking beast)
1985 Washburn A-10 Stage Series Reissue trans-green 6-string electric w/Floyd Rose trem (dive-bomb specialist!)

(late 70's?) Odyssey Custom V built better than either the Gibson or Epiphone V's (sounds better too!)

... and I kin generally find summin t'entertain myself wit... :D



If the A-10 tickles your fancy, shoot me an e-mail. I been contemplatin' an eBay incident.
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Well, lesse, now...

When I needs a change from my Yamahas...

(late 60's?) Yamaha SA-30 sunburst 12-string hollowbody electric
1984 Yamaha SBG1000 black double cutaway LP type ("Brand X", with DiMarzio Dual Sound & SCHB pickups, my main axe)
1984 Yamaha SBG1000 black double cutaway LP type ("The Stalker"), with DiMarzio Tone Zone & PAF Pro pickups, my nasty axe)
19?? Yamaha RBX350 'walnut' 4-string electric bass guitar ("Thumper Thudpucker")

... I turns to my....

19?? Washburn EA20-12B Festival Series 12-string electric/acoustic
198? Washburn SBT-21 Telecoustic-styled white solid body with piezo bridge
(late 70's?) Washburn A-20CS Stage Series sunburst 6-string electric hard-tail (weird-looking beast)
1985 Washburn A-10 Stage Series Reissue trans-green 6-string electric w/Floyd Rose trem (dive-bomb specialist!)

(late 70's?) Odyssey Custom V built better than either the Gibson or Epiphone V's (sounds better too!)

... and I kin generally find summin t'entertain myself wit... :D



If the A-10 tickles your fancy, shoot me an e-mail. I been contemplatin' an eBay incident.
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Thanks, but I really don't like trem guitars, and I despise floyd rose trems!

Next up.... Custom built guitar! :D
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Thanks, but I really don't like trem guitars, and I despise floyd rose trems!

Next up.... Custom built guitar! :D
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Lordathestrings

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Originally Posted by: PRSplaya
Thanks, but I really don't like trem guitars, and I despise floyd rose trems!

Next up.... Custom built guitar! :D


I hear ya, on both points. I got the A-10 'cause the A20-CS is such a great guitar, and I thought maybe I'd grow to like the trem after I had some time to get familiar with it. Didn't happen.

I was all set to order a custom chambered-body maple-topped mahogany Tele from Warmoth, but they wouldn't do a cocobolo fretboard for me. Fargin' bastidges!
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Originally Posted by: PRSplaya
Thanks, but I really don't like trem guitars, and I despise floyd rose trems!

Next up.... Custom built guitar! :D


I hear ya, on both points. I got the A-10 'cause the A20-CS is such a great guitar, and I thought maybe I'd grow to like the trem after I had some time to get familiar with it. Didn't happen.

I was all set to order a custom chambered-body maple-topped mahogany Tele from Warmoth, but they wouldn't do a cocobolo fretboard for me. Fargin' bastidges!
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