Joined: Oct. 2004
||Posted: Jan. 13 2005, 14:53
I watched the TB II & III live DVD's again recently and was struck by the prominence given to MO's PRS guitars (particularly on TBIII). Other than the red Strat on II, no other brand is featured to any significant degree.
Despite his best attempts to the contrary, MO is still known to be an excellent guitarist. His technique, with fingernails rather than picks, together with his means of dampening unused strings is completely unique. In the 1970's the tones he used contributed signficantly to the popularity of the electric guitar, beyond its association with just the blues and heavy rock. That contribution greatly helped the likes of Paul Reed Smith to find a market to sell into.
Yet, to all intents an putposes, PRS Guitars make no acknowedgement that MO uses PRS almost exclusively live, and that, in concert with Carlos Santana, he is one of their most internationally-known artists to be seen sporting a PRS on-stage.
PRS's artist list at PRS Artist list doesn't even mention MO.
And who should get the signature models?
Well, Carlos Santana for one. No argument there. His Santana I,II,III and SE models are hugely deserved and his contribution to PRS should be acknowledged.
Mark Tremonti - former lead guitar with Creed (who have subsequently broken-up). Popular in the US, but virtually unknown elsewhere. I don't believe Creed even toured the UK. I would struggle to think of a single Tremonti riff I would want to remember.
Billy Martin - lead guitar with Good Charlotte. Up-and-coming guitar band, but not yet filling stadiums.
So, anyone any ideas. Why does Mr Smith resolutely decline to acknowledge MO (even the Americans have heard of him). Has MO ever been offered a sig' model, and would he be interested?