Brand spankin' new 2009, the David Grisson signature Model Paul Reed Smith Guitar aka PRG DGT.
Unparalleled multipurpose tone for Rhythm or Lead. Some key features include the DGT special design pick-ups, the Neck Profile, Larger than Medium Jumbo frets and setup for 11s with a PRS Trem bridge.
They say its the PRS with the most vintage vibe. I agree. On July 15, 2009 I had the opportunity to spend time with Paul Reed Smith at GGuitars in New Haven, CT. The local high end guitar shop, now owned by Nick Bath, is doing a tremendous job for PRS becoming one of their higher volumn dealers of late.
Paul gave the party line on PRS guitars, but the proof was in the pudding. I was at GGuitars the day before when I saw that PRS would be in town the next day. It was mid to late afternoon and as I was leaving the UPS guy arrived with a LOAD of gear direct from Maryland with guitars and amps for the road show the following day.
When I arrived at about 4PM on Wednesday, Paul was in the acoustic room jammin' out on a Taylor. Nick and his crew were still unpacking some of the gear. By 5PM when Paul began hanging with the crowd of less than 20, he talked about the various models of guitars. As he would highlight a model, they looked around the room to see if there was one or two to demo. As is the PRS line, each and every guitar off the rack, just out of the box form UPS factory delivery, the guitars were tuned, setup, played and sounded amazing.
A couple months prior, I remember reading about the new PRS DGT in Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player, and it just sounded like one of those guitars that was well thought out and as a PRS, guaranteed to be well executed, but it kind of went out of my mind. Sure enough, perusing the floor, I ran across one and immediately found myself in the amp room trying out a fresh factory direct DGT in Gold Top with Nitro finish. Well, I was floored with the playability and tone. Hands down, no questions asked, if you know what it's like to try out guitars and find one that "connects" with you as a player, this is the experience in a box.
EDITORIAL: It is all too common a tale that whether standard line US made or Custom Shop, it too often takes trial after trial to find "the one" that speaks to you as a guitar player. It in fact took me five(5) Gibson Custom Shop '68 Les Paul Customs to find the one that had an acceptable build and finish, tone and playability before I took one home. Even then, I found it had an unacceptable buzz that it took my electronic genious Mark Moore to trouble shoot. The ultimate solution being to gut the electronics, replace the pick-ups with Seymour Duncan '59s and pots with RS Guitarworks Super Pots and parts to eliminate the annoying NOISE. (But I digress).
Back to the DGT: Bottom line, it was the best playing and sounding guitar that I have played. Read about it in the reviews, see the video, but get out and play one and you will know what I mean. I fully appreciate the subjective nature of this experience and I bet it has a lot to do with the fact that I like clean tones, large frets, non-baseball necks and heavy strings. This has all of that, so the comfort factor is in fact by design. But it is truly the entire package including to my surprise te Gold Top and Nitro Finish, the uber high PRS quality in the build. It's simply all there for me.