I've been a long time distant admirer and observer of PRS guitars, they have features I find missing in my usual fender guitars. So I got one today at guitar center and I was very disappointed when I got it home.
I only bought a SE Custom which is their budget model, but it has a set neck and I really loved the tone I got out of it with similar amps to those that I own at the store.
Hell I still love the tone on clean channels here at home and on distortion when both pickups are on, but the odd part is I get an amazing amount of 60 cycle hum with just one of the two pickups selected. And the reason thats odd is this is a 2 humbucker guitar.
How the hell do I play a guitar in the store for at least two hours on countless amps, one the next generation up from my main amp, notice no noise, take it home and its worse than my roommate's squire.
Either guitar center shields its walls with some serious tin foil or something messed up in the ride home.
I opened up the back plate and inspected all the solder points and none look bad, though so I'm not sure whats wrong. I dunno, I guess I'm returning the guitar unless you guys can say "oh well its probably some quick fix like so..." or something.
Also some odd buzz started on not just some strings at certain spots but some places where a certain octave of D is played, the 12th fret of the D string, 7th fret of G, and third fret of the B. No buzz on that note on 17th fret of the A string or 22 of the low E.
That I can't explain either. I've tried muting every other string at the time and muting the strings past the nut to no effect.
And the crazy part is that didn't happen at the store either, I know for a fact that I played at least that D on the G string more than enough to notice the buzz.
I like the way this guitar feels and looks, and the way it sounded in the store, but it sounds like crap here at home. Can I fix this or do I send it back?
is there a warrenty or anything like that? maybe they can take a look at it if there is one.
the thing thats messing with my head is that its at spacific points on the string also.
its a 3 way switch right ? no accidental coil taps ? no bare wires that could accidentally hit the shielding as you play (creating a ground loop)?
have you called GC and told them the problem? maybe by some off chance youll talk to someone who has a clue and they can pass it on to you. id still wait to see what more people here say. Im not the best when it comes to electricity.
dressner said: "How the hell do I play a guitar in the store for at least two hours on countless amps, one the next generation up from my main amp, notice no noise, take it home and its worse than my roommate's squire."
One of the reasons I really dislike GC is the amount of noise in the store. Between the LOUD background music and teenagers playing rockstar, you can't hear what the amp or guitar you are trying out really sounds like. Pretty frustrating.
I have a Santana II and don't have any problems with 60cycle hum, but occasionaly get a little crackle from static produced when my hand brushes the pick guard. I also had a little string /fret buzz on the g & b at frett 15, but I touched up the action and it went away.
I'd say when you go back to GC, try out the guitar in a quiet room, they usually have one where the high-end stuff is. HTH Carl