There have been lots of exciting new models from PRS already in 2015, but today’s a particularly good day – because here’s the all-new, made-in-the-US, quirky, stripped-for-action S2 Vela!
Joining the Mira and Starla in PRS’s ‘alt-guitars’ S2 line-up, the Vela is a hugely characterful new addition that brings together the best of vintage and modern guitar design. An offset, bevel-cut mahogany body with pattern regular neck are at the heart of things, but it’s perhaps the pickups and bridge that will first grab your attention…
The humbucker is the (coil-tappable) PRS-designed Starla model, while the neck pickup is the brand new Type-D singlecoil, giving a great swathe of confident, strident and chunky tones to choose from. The new PRS plate-style bridge has two brass saddles – designed to compensate for intonation – and an aluminum plate, both of which help provide maximum tonal sustain. This bridge harks back to Paul’s early designs and traditional bass plate-style bridges, but is top-loading for easy restringing.
In short, we think this is a fantastic new choice for those looking for PRS standards of build quality and tone in a slightly more edgy, funky package.
S2 Vela finish options comprise Antique White, Black, McCarty Tobacco, Seafoam Green, Sienna, Vintage Cherry and Vintage Mahogany
The S2 Vela will be available in Europe from April 2015 and has a recommended retail price of £1199 / €1699