David Grissom's first signature model PRS guitar, the DGT, will be unveiled at this year's Austin Summer NAMM show. The result of more than 20 years of collaboration between Paul Smith and David Grissom, the DGT (short for David Grissom Trem) is essentially a McCarty Trem with special pickups, special wiring, a neck smaller than PRS' wide-fat neck, bigger frets and heavy gauge strings that permit beautiful rhythm and solo tone.
David Grissom, a guitarist and songwriter who lives in Austin, TX, has played with John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville (with the Double Trouble rhythm section) and The Dixie Chicks among many others. David has been playing PRS guitars since the beginning of his career with Joe Ely.
The DGT was inspired in part by David's wish to take the best elements of his PRS guitars and combine them with an extra volume control, a nitro topcoat, vintage colors, his favorite neck shape, large frets and .011 gauge strings.
Smith and Grissom were really pleased with the integration of the model's unique combination of elements. David's goals were to, "have something the studio guitarists would go for and would capture the hearts of touring musicians."
Paul Smith added, "During the DGT's final design phase, I discussed changes with David...just some minor tweaks I was considering. David's response was 'Don't touch it. I like it the way it is.' It feels good to know we got this one right for him and look forward to giving other musicians the same gratification when they play one for the first time. Almost every single prototype we've built has left our factory the same day it was completed, and almost all are in the hands of well-known studio musicians. These guitars have already become their number one instruments."
PRS Guitars will host David and his band Storyville at PRS' Summer NAMM party, Friday, July 27th, at legendary Austin music venue Antone's. David will also be on hand for demonstrations and signings at the PRS booth (# 1226) during the NAMM show. In addition to the new DGT model, PRS will also display all new models released at Winter NAMM.