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Happy Birthday Private Stock!

Just feast your eyes on these beauties…

This year sees the 20th anniversary of PRS Guitars’ Private Stock programme and to mark the occasion we’re making 40 (yes, just 40!) very special guitars.

The 20th Anniversary Private Stock model was created with lots of input from Paul Reed Smith, who went back to Howard Leese (Heart)’s Golden Eagle for inspiration. Like the Golden Eagle, these guitars have slightly modified body dimensions, with a 1/16” thinner top and 1/8” thicker back than the normal PRS “Custom” body design, for a warmer tone.

Paul also specified a very precise 24.6” scale length neck and hand-selected all of the East Coast curly maple tops from what he felt were two of the best batches of maple in PRS’s history. The electronics are also unique, with a three pickup configuration consisting of two narrow 408 treble and bass pickups and a Narrowfield middle pickup. The 5-way blade switch and control placements also nod to the Golden Eagle’s original electronics layout.

These gorgeous, limited and highly collectible guitars will have a retail price of £8299 / €11 950 and you can find out about the full specs here.

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A New Brace Of Baritones!

And now for something a little different..

We’re very happy to announce that the 2016 PRS SE line-up will feature a pair of baritone models – the SE277 and SE277 Semi Hollow Soapbar.

Tuned B to B (two and a half steps below standard), the two new guitars are designed to give a taut, muscular low end with powerful aggressive tones – and offer the flexibility of going from chimey clean sounds, to warm depth, to articulate tonal hostility.

Named for its baritone 27.7” scale length neck, the SE 277 Semi Hollow Soapbar takes the traditional mahogany back/maple top platform to new territories with its chambered back, f-hole, and dual soapbar pickup configuration. The semi-hollow body provides increased acoustic resonance and clarity while the soapbars deliver a balance of transparent, uncompressed clean tones and thick growl.

If you’re more comfortable with more traditional styling, PRS has introduced the SE 277, which features the same 27.7” baritone scale length as its semi-hollow brother but with a solid body and PRS SE dual humbucking pickups. The SE 277 covers the spectrum of sound from sparkling highs, to surf-rock jangle, to heavy down-tuned aggression.

Both the SE 277 Semi Hollow Soapbar and SE277 include a beveled maple top with flame maple veneer, mahogany back, 22-fret maple neck with rosewood fingerboard with bird inlays, PRS-designed plate-style bridge, PRS-designed tuners, volume and tone with a 3-way toggle pickup switch.

The beautiful new additions are available in Gray Black and Vintage Sunburst (SE277 Semi Hollow Soapbar) and Black Cherry and Tobacco Sunburst (SE277). The PRS SE277 Semi-Hollow Soapbar is available in Europe now, with the SE277 expected February 2016

Both the SE277 and the SE277 Semi Hollow Soapbar carry a recommended retail price of £795 / €1149

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New S2 Standard Satins Revealed

It might only be November, but already PRS have lifted the lid on the first of the 2016 range – three fabulous new S2 Standard Satin models in 24, 22 and Singlecut flavours.

Each of the new models is available in Charcoal, McCarty Tobacco, Vintage Cherry and Vintage Mahogany satin nitro finish – a super thin finish designed to enhance the vintage vibe of the S2 Standards and promote the warm, balanced resonance of the all-mahogany bodies.

PRS use no grain filler on the S2 Standards and allow the nitro clear coat to sink right into the wood, which looks great now and will age beautifully. And the satin finish on the neck gives it an immediately worn-in natural feel, like it’s already done a thousand gigs.

The S2 Standard 24, 22 and Singlecut Satins otherwise stick to the same specs as the original S2 Standards – set mahogany necks complement the mahogany bodies, locking tuners, PRS-designed pickups and push/pull tone controls.

Each of the new S2 Standard Satin models retails for £999 / €1395 and you can find out more and watch the guitars in action here!

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Final Run 30th Anniversary Custom 24s!

So here we are, it’s October and we’re coming to the end of PRS’s 30th anniversary celebrations…

And to mark the occasion, we’re releasing a very special ‘Final Run’ edition of the stunning 30th Anniversary Custom 24 model – the classic PRS with tasty anniversary appointments including 85/15 humbuckers, rosewood veneer headstock inlay and fingerboard purfling.

The Final Run model (of which just 100 will be built) sticks closely to the original 30th Anniversary Custom 24 blueprint, but is available (exclusively in Europe and Australia) in five amazing colours previously unavailable on the 30th Ann CU24 – Burnt Maple Leaf, Charcoal, Fire Red Natural Back, Faded Blue Jean and Yellow Tiger. Each of the Final Run guitars will also be numbered and signed by Paul Reed Smith.

These little pieces of history are truly beautiful, incredible sounding guitars – RRP is £3125/€4000

Here’s the Final Run 30th Anniversary Custom 24 in glorious Burnt Maple Leaf..

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Limited Edition SE A10E Acoustics For Europe!

We’ve been really pleased with the way the press and public alike have taken to the SE A10E acoustic. It’s been warmly-received by players and magazine writers for its mid-rangey, punchy tone – which is down to its all-mahogany construction and X-bracing/classical hybrid bracing.

And now we’re delighted to have a limited edition run of these lovely guitars heading to Europe. We have a single batch of this run – when they’re gone, they’re gone – available in four stunning colours. And they’ll only ever be available in Europe!

In terms of design and build, they stick faithfully to the original A10E, which means mahogany top, back, sides and neck, rosewood fingerboard, bone nut and saddle, PRS-designed tuners and PRS’s trademark bird inlays. The SE A10E is also fitted with undersaddle electronics that are accessible via the soundhole with both tone and volume controls.

The limited edition SE A10E run encompasses four stunning colours – Antique White, Cherry Sunburst, Tobacco Sunburst and Vintage Cherry, available at a recommended retail price of £499 / €699.

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New Fatback 24!

We’re very excited to announce the launch of another ‘exclusive to Europe & Australia’ PRS model – the fantastic Fatback 24, from the Wood Library programme.

Based on the 30th Anniversary Custom 24, the new guitar features a thicker ‘McCarty depth’ body, some amazing hand-selected, up-graded timbers – and just 60 of the Fatback 24s will ever be made available.

Although the body is thicker than a regular Custom 24, the use of lightweight Ribbon Stripe African Mahogany ensures the guitar balances perfectly – and the wide curl flame maple ‘10-top’ makes the Fatback 24 look as good as it feels, of course. The guitar also features 30th Anniversary mother-of-pearl birds inlays, very cool ivoroid fingerboard purfling and a choice of six colours: Charcoal Burst, Dark Cherry Sunburst, Fire Red Burst, Faded Whale Blue, Black Gold and Orange Tiger.

In terms of playability and tone the Fatback 24 features a Pattern Thin carve mahogany neck (with Gabon Ebony fingerboard and headstock veneer) and PRS’s new 85/15 treble and bass humbuckers harnessed to volume, tone (with push-pull coil-tap) order female Cialis online. We’re loving the new 85/15 pickups – they’re incredibly clear, with lots of low-end and a nice sparkly treble that never gets ‘ice-picky’

A PRS tremolo system rounds out the spec of the very special limited edition model, which ships in a similarly limited Black Paisley PRS case.

 

The Fatback 24 carries a recommended retail price of £3750 / €5400 inc VAT – and remember, there will only ever be 60 of these beauties available!

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PRS GUITARS DEBUTS THE “58/15” LIMITED EDITION CUSTOM 24

To know Paul Reed Smith, the working founder and Managing General Partner of PRS Guitars, is to know a man who is always pushing the proverbial envelope. His persistent desire to explore and discover is a huge part of PRS Guitars dynamism. So, when Paul and the R&D team ramped up their dissection and testing of pickups a couple years ago, it became very clear very quickly that something new was about to be born. Enter the PRS 58/15 pickups, introduced for PRS’s 30th Anniversary year.

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The 58/15 Limited Edition is a culmination of various features that the Custom 24 has seen throughout the last thirty years and is built around these new vintage-voiced 58/15 pickups, which have exceptional clarity and a focused midrange. Paul describes 58/15 pickups as, “very consistent, ‘best-of’ PAF-style pickups.” Other unique appointments on these instruments include solid shell birds, similar to those found on Paul’s Pre-Factory and the early production guitars, fretboard binding, a preview of a new headstock signature inlay and the Gen III PRS patented tremolo, which has been updated to further support the fidelity of the guitar’s tone and maximize sustain.

Each 58/15 equipped Custom 24 guitar will have an artist grade figured maple top, mahogany back, 24-fret, 25” scale length ‘Pattern Regular’ or ‘Pattern Thin’ mahogany neck with gaboon ebony fretboard, Solid Shell “Blue Purple” Red Abalone Birds (Pattern Regular neck) or Solid Shell “Dark Special” Red Abalone Birds (Pattern Thin neck), gaboon ebony headstock veneer with green abalone signature, Phase III locking tuners, 58/15 treble and bass pickups, one volume and one push/pull tone control with a PRS 3-way toggle pickup selector. Guitars are set up with PRS 10-46 Electric Guitar Strings and are shipped in a PRS Black Paisley Hardshell Artist Case.

Each 58/15 equipped Custom 24 guitar will have an artist grade figured maple top, mahogany back, 24-fret, 25” scale length ‘Pattern Regular’ or ‘Pattern Thin’ mahogany neck with gaboon ebony fretboard, Solid Shell “Blue Purple” Red Abalone Birds (Pattern Regular neck) or Solid Shell “Dark Special” Red Abalone Birds (Pattern Thin neck), gaboon ebony headstock veneer with green abalone signature, Phase III locking tuners, 58/15 treble and bass pickups, one volume and one push/pull tone control with a PRS 3-way toggle pickup selector. Guitars are set up with PRS 10-46 Electric Guitar Strings and are shipped in a PRS Black Paisley Hardshell Artist Case.

The 58/15 Custom 24 limited run will total 150 pieces worldwide: 50 of each color (Faded Whale Blue with Natural Back, Black Gold Burst with natural binding, Charcoal Burst), 25 of each color having a Pattern Regular neck carve with Solid Shell “Blue Purple” Red Abalone Bird inlays and 25 having a Pattern Thin neck carve with Solid Shell “Dark Special” Red Abalone Bird inlays. For complete specifications and to hear Paul tell the 58/15 story, please visit http://www.prsguitars.com/5815.

 

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SE 30th Anniversary “Floyd” Custom 24 Limited

PRS’s 30th birthday year rolls on with the introduction of a limited run of a truly stunning Floyd Rose-equipped SE model.

The SE 30th Anniversary “Floyd” Custom 24 is a beautiful new addition, with a fantastic quilt maple veneer over bevelled maple top, mahogany body with Wide Thin, 25” scale length maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with commemorative bird inlay package, powerful SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups and push-pull coil-tap tone control with 3-way blade selector.

And, of course, the 1000 Series Floyd Rose tremolo system, which is made to the same design and with the same quality materials of the original units. They’re built for a lifetime of divebombing and ‘return-to-tune’ abuse!

Just 400 of the new model will be available outside of the US, so this is a really limited edition version of a much-loved SE and it comes in a choice of five incredible colours – Grey Black Quilt, Whale Blue Quilt, Trampas Green Quilt, Black Cherry Quilt and Vintage Yellow Quilt.

The recommended retail price of the SE 30th Anniversary “Floyd” Custom 24 Limited Run is £949 / €1359.

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The Great PRS Summer Promo Returns!

While we’re waiting for the summer to really get going, here’s a little ray of sunshine for you…

The super-popular PRS Guitars Summer promo is back again this year! Buy a US-made ‘Core’ guitar, S2 guitar or US-made amplifier from an authorised dealer before 31 August and you qualify for a great bundle of goodies, including PRS t-shirts, pens, lanyards, strings and more (to a value of £100/€145 in the case of Core guitars, £60/€85 for S2 guitars and amplifiers)

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New Ace (Skunk Anansie) SE Signature – exclusive to Europe!

A long-standing PRS player (he’s been playing them for 15 years), Skunk Anansie’s Ace has worked with PRS Guitars recently to come up with this fantastic rock beast – his limited edition SE signature model. Just 180 of these guitars will be available, in Europe alone..

Modelled on Ace’s favourite, customised US Singlecut guitars, his SE guitar gets a full-depth solid mahogany body and bevelled maple cap, teamed with his choice of SE 245 pickups to give the guitar a classic blend of modern and vintage tone.

Other key features include Ace’s favourite Wide Thin neck carve, 25” scale length, 22-fret mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, old school birds inlays and smooth, stable PRS tremolo system. The guitar even comes with a swallow-in-flight sticker (as seen on Ace’s own Singlecut) in the included gigbag!

Ace will be using this guitar on-stage – it’s that good – and you can get an idea of what it’s really like in our exclusive video with him here.

The SE Ace Signature is available in Europe now, priced at £749 / €1079

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