In 2001, after quite a while of saving up, my mother brought me to a Sam Ash Music store to buy a classic guitar I had wanted for a very long time. I came in and played it for a while through a half stack and, despite the fact that I had never even played one before, I kept eyeing the PRS guitars hanging up behind the counter. My mother noticed and said, you keep staring at them, why don’t you try one out? So the sales person took down a standard for me to plug in. The comfortability of the neck was absolute heaven as I played a few chords and various licks and riffs by PRS artists who I had admired. That other guitar I came in for was no longer cutting it.
Since the standard was a bit more then I had to spend the sale person recommended their credit card with no interest. An hour later I walked out of the store with my very first PRS guitar. Heroes of mine - Mark Tremonti, Mike Einziger and Daniel Johns played these guitars and they always seemed out of reach to me. I felt like I finally had a tool of the trade that would help me sonically advance. I ended up playing that standard through my very first tour in Summer 2004 and feel like that guitar was the real game changer for me as a writer and player. Since then I have acquired a Custom 24 and two Hollowbody’s that I use in my band Scattered Light.