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PRS jumping back into the bass market..

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nobody, Jan 24, 2013.


  1. Nobody

    Nobody

    Jul 14, 2004
    gravel
  2. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    They look great. I wonder what the neck profile and fretboard radius are.


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  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I agree their quality control is unreal I would love to play one.
     
  5. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass

    Aug 22, 2004
    They look great (like the guitars- the PRS guitar shape is one of my favorites). They should have gone with J pickups, tho and v/v/t so they could used the same knob placement as on the guitars as well. I've always wanted to see Jazz pickups in an updated body shape like PRS. That said, these still don't look as nice as their first attempt (the Bass IV and V)
     
  6. DanGouge

    DanGouge

    May 25, 2000
    Canada!
    PRS has had a few kicks at the can with bass, I don't know how committed they are this time around.
     
  7. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Always THE question when looking at a bass like this.


    Surprisingly, these are affordable. In the $2,600 range. $400 more for a fancy top.
     
  8. darkstorm

    darkstorm

    Oct 13, 2009
    Maybe ok. Their guitars tend toward the harsh and shrill side sound wise to me though. So Id diff have to play one before deciding if I liked the basses sound.
     
  9. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Spector Addict Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Highlands Ranch, CO.
    Better check your source - these are $8000 + basses....

    http://willcuttguitars.com/paul-reed-smith/prs-basses

    These are great basses, but PRS isn't exactly "jumping back into the bass market" with them, considering they only sell a handful each year.
     
  10. Those are the private stock basses that they've always made... if you want ANYTHING from the private stock at PRS, you pay $7000+

    The newly announced basses are a regular line for them, so they will be MUCH cheaper.

    I think you should check YOUR source.
     
  11. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I think those $8g basses are the "private stock". The basses they're going to release this year are "...to create a Core PRS bass with all the character and quality of Gary’s Private Stock models but with a more universal appeal."
     
  12. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Spector Addict Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Highlands Ranch, CO.
    My bad - I thought that top looked a bit cheap for an $8k bass...
     
  13. OK...too rich for my blood, though. I stii recall the hubbub about Paul's use of CNC machines and the whole "handmade" thing. I remember the great gnashing of teeth that ensued....;)
     
  14. BobWestbrook

    BobWestbrook Mr. Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Philly suburb
    I heard a PRS bass at a live outdoor concert last summer in Baltimore, and it sounded fabulous!
     
  15. Nobody

    Nobody

    Jul 14, 2004
    gravel
    Maybe if these are successful they'll add an SE line bass that the rest of us can afford.
     
  16. Teacher

    Teacher

    May 3, 2012
    Why were their basses not well received before?
     
  17. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    $2,600 isn't cheap, but for something made by PRS, it's very affordable.
     
  18. Yes, we all love the cosmetic perfection and flawless build quality of PRS. I have a PRS DGT in Amber Burst which never leaves its beautiful case for fear of potential scuffs to the immaculate finish.

    That guitar cost me £2,800 and yet my £700 Gibson SG blows it away in the tone department. Now if the same is true of this new bass...
     
  19. Well, maybe if this bass is well-received, they might launch SE models for affordability.
     
  20. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    PRS made two forays into the bass market. The first wasin the mid/late 80's, the 2nd was in the late-90's.

    The first version had 3 pickups (4 if you cound the hum-cancelling pickup on the back of the bass). The complaints were that it was expensive, and that the tone was on the dark side. Personally, I think these basses are awesome.

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    The second version was considered to be lackluster in every way, both in tone and construction. They weren't terribly expensive, but you could get a much nicer bass for the price PRS was asking for these.

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