I’m a big fan of PRS guitars, and over the last few months they have released several videos on Periscope where they pick out the woods and design a private stock guitar, guided by voting from the live Periscope users. One of the regular types of post on this site will be interesting videos that I’ve found on YouTube, whether old or new, and I’m kicking that off by linking to all of these Periscope wood selection videos so far.
I found these videos fascinating, to see the private stock wood library and the actual pieces of wood that they turn into beautiful and incredibly expensive guitars!
The original (unfortunately they committed the cardinal sin of holding the phone upright rather than on its side). This is a Custom 24, and right now it’s actually up for sale secondhand at World Guitars for £7995. More pictures can be found on the PRS Guitars blog entry about this guitar.
Number two, a semi-hollow McCarty – again, they made a blog entry for this one:
Number Three – this one is a Paul’s Guitar:
An interesting nugget of information from this video: most curly Maple trees don’t grow big enough to make one-piece tops.
Numbers 4 & 5 – they started to do them two at a time. Interestingly, they show the finished second Periscope guitar at the start, and a fine instrument it looks too! Here they did two Tremonti guitars.
Six and seven were done together again. Fortunately, by now they’d figured out how to hold the camera the right way up!
And the latest one was eight and nine:
I’ll try to keep an eye out for more pictures of the finished guitars – some of them probably haven’t been finished yet, and PRS has only blogged about the first two, as I linked above.
Here’s the first link to one of my videos on YouTube! I recently bought a Marshall Mini Silver Jubilee 2525H, and this was the first of several videos that I intend to make demonstrating this fine amplifier.
Until recently, I’d never played through a Marshall amplifier, and on a recent trip to England I took the opportunity to visit a shop where I was staying. They had several Marshalls in stock, both new and secondhand, and I tried a number of them. I was not looking at the handwired ranges as those are too expensive, and I really liked the sound and the flexibility of the DSL40C – an amp which is generally reckoned to be an excellent option in that price range.
However, the DSL40C is a combo and I really wanted a head, since I already have a 1×12 cab and I might buy a 2×12 cab in the future. The DSL15 comes in both combo and head versions, but the DSL15H is poorly specced in comparison to the DSL40C, with neither reverb nor an FX loop.
A little while later I had some good news financially, and so I decided to celebrate by buying a Marshall. Although I hadn’t had the opportunity to hear it, I decided to take a chance on the new Mini Silver Jubilee head. It’s a 20W head, switchable to 5W in low power mode, and the circuit is based on the JCM800 with some modern tweaks. It has an FX loop; no reverb but that’s not a problem as I can stick a pedal in the loop (it was the lack of both that really killed the DSL15H for me). It’s a bit more expensive than the DSL amps but I’ve a feeling that this will be a modern classic for Marshall, and that it will be a worthy investment.
Hi, I’m Jonathan Oakey, the owner of Gloopy Guitars. The site is named after my user name on several Internet forums – GloopyJon. I will post articles here, often related to videos that I publish on YouTube. My YouTube channel is here!