Apples in Tights

A few weeks ago I turned 30. Luckily, I’ve still retained my manly good looks and according to some older friends I’m still years away from getting old man balls*. Life is good, so turning 30 wasn’t a “Falling Down” moment.

*for those of you not in the know, old man balls, as far as I’ve worked out, is when all the elasticity in your skin has gone. This means your balls end up swinging down by your knees like apples in a pair of tights. This sight has ruined many a swimming experience.image

To show her undying love for me my wifey wanted to get me a gift – it’s a birthday tradition. After much deliberation I decided to convince her that a new acoustic guitar would make me a far better player. I don’t think she was convinced with the “better playing” argument but she was convinced with the “it’s my birthday and I would like a new guitar” argument.

Now I’m a bit of PRS fan boy, I love their electric guitars, the style, feel and sound of them is fantastic and that’s just their Korean made SE range. Now luckily for me I have an official PRS retailer just up the road from me, and I’d also been keeping my beady eye on their Angelus acoustics, so armed with an excuse to visit and play some guitars I took the wife and her purse to the shop.

After trying a number of different acoustics it was the PRS Angelus SE Custom that I fell in love with. It looks amazing, the headstock coupled with the cutaway electro-acoustic shape gives the guitar a nice rock look.


Now for the sound: I want you to imagine you’re stood outside my bathroom door and I’m inside taking a shower (please stay calm). From the bathroom you hear my bright but balanced voice singing the classic Stan Bush song “The Touch”, it’s a beautiful moment for all concerned. Bright and balanced, like my voice, is exactly how the Angelus SE Custom sounds. I tried the normal Angelus SE and a few other acoustics and to my ear they just didn’t sound as bright.

The Touch and feel of this guitar was another factor that really won my heart, in short it feels like I’m playing my electric. The action is low and the neck is nice and thin, it’s an absolute dream to play. It looks fantastic, it sounds beautiful and feels amazing, in short it’s the perfect 30th birthday present – so thank you wifey.

The best part of getting a guitar for a present is that when my balls are swinging down by my knees and my beautiful face has withered I will know that the soundtrack to my life will have been composed on this guitar.