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SE Chris Robertson now available in “Kentucky Blueburst”

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We love Black Stone Cherry at PRS. And Chris from Black Stone Cherry loves PRS. Earlier this year PRS Guitars Europe announced a Limited Run of an SE signature model for the Black Stone Cherry frontman.

The response for the SE was so fantastic that PRS Europe are thrilled to announce a second run of his guitar but in a new unique finish, “Kentucky Blueburst”.

The Black Stone Cherry frontman commented – “I was torn between blue and red for my guitar. Now I have my absolute favorite color on my signature guitar! Ain’t she a beauty!!”

Like the first one, The Singlecut-style SE has a mahogany body and neck, bevelled maple top with flame veneer. The 24.5” scale length, 22-fret neck sports PRS’s Wide Fat profile for a great vintage feel – and the onboard electrics also reflect Chris’s obsession with old-school tone.

A US PRS 57/08 humbucker in the bridge position is partnered with an SE Soapbar pickup at the neck – harnessed to a simple three-position toggle switch and volume/tone for each pickup – to allow access to a wide range of distinctive and characterful rock’n’roll voices. And the guitar’s stripped-for-action vibe is reflected in the rock-solid but highly adjustable PRS stoptail bridge.

The PRS SE Chris Robertson Signature model in “Kentucky Blueburst” is available across Europe now! See the guitar in action with Chris as Black Stone Cherry tour Europe through December & Janurary.

RRP for the new guitar is £995 / €1195 and is limited to 300 guitars worldwide, while stock lasts!

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Paul Reed Smith tours Europe!

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SPECIAL INVITATION TO MEET YOUR MAKER

Paul Reed Smith tours Europe!

From the 7th to the 12th November Paul Reed Smith will be touring Europe to share what’s new and happening at PRS Guitars. For select dates he will be joined by legendary former Whitesnake guitarist and songwriter Bernie Marsden.

Come meet a guitar making legend, hear first-hand the philosophy behind building guitars played by greats like Carlos Santana, John Mayer, Mark Tremonti, Mark Holbomb, Benie Marsden and many more.

These fun, informative events are geared towards guitar fans, and anyone into the artistry craftsmanship and playability behind these beautiful guitars.  At each event there will also be a special handpicked selection of new PRS guitars to check out.

Mark your calendars, tell your friends but hurry  -Space is limited!  Please contact the stores below for further details and ticket availability

 

DATE VENUE TICKETS / DETAILS
7th Nov Guitar Place, Aschaffenburg DE http://www.guitarplace.de/
8th Nov Rockland Music, Witten DE http://www.rockland-music.de/
9th Nov Dijkmans Muziek, Breda NL http://www.dijkmansmuziek.nl/
10th Nov  Guitar Guitar, Gent  BE http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/gent_shop.asp
11th Nov  Hard Rock Café, Madrid ES http://www.adagiodistribucion.es/prs/
12th Nov Born Centre Cultural (Sala Moragues) Barcelona ES http://www.adagiodistribucion.es/prs/
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New SE Series Unveiled!

It’s incredible to think that PRS’s massively popular SE range has been around for 15 years. And it’s been delivering amazing value and great quality to the masses since 2001.

For 2017 there are some significant changes to the SE range that we’re really excited about…

Perhaps most noticeably, the PRS SE headstock is getting a striking remake – the new design features Paul Reed Smith’s signature with the SE logo on the headstock, while model names are moving to the truss rod cover. Looks cool, doesn’t it – and not dissimilar to the US-made models.

2017 maple top PRS SEs are also being updated with carefully-specced, new and redesigned pickups, including 85/15 “S,” 245 “S,” Tremonti “S,” and Santana “S” pickups.

The new PRS 85/15”S” pickups are modeled after the 85/15 pickups Paul Smith designed for the company’s 30th Anniversary and offer remarkable clarity and extended high and low end. The SE 245 pickups have been updated to deliver more clear, warm tones. Mark Tremonti and Carlos Santana signature models are also getting new pickups – both artists worked with PRS to enhance their signature model pickups and bring them more in line with the PRS-wound pickups of the same name.

Finally, the SE Santana is being updated with 24-frets and a new electronics layout to better reflect Carlos’s Core model.

So there we go – better looking, better sounding and all round even more awesome than ever!

To check out the 2017 SE Series lineup, visit www.prsguitars.com.

 

The new PRS SE series carries recommended retail prices between £775 / €910 to £1015 / €1195

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Limited Edition Satin Nitro CE Models

There’s been a lot of love for the PRS CE range since it was reintroduced earlier this year – players love the snap and sparkle of its bolt-on neck construction and its incredible-sounding 85/15 humbuckers.

The introduction of a satin nitrocellulose finish option adds a fabulous, sleek tactile edge to the guitar that will age beautifully. And now there’s a very limited edition of three stunning colour options available in the CE Satin Nitro line-up…

Available only in Europe, Japan and Australia (and limited to just 150 pieces worldwide), the new short-run series comes in Faded Grey Cherryburst, Faded Grey Blueburst and Faded Grey Purpleburst and sports all the expected CE appointments. That mean a super comfortable, sleek-feeling ‘black out’ neck (Wide Thin carve), shallow carved maple top, mahogany body (toned to match top)and rosewood fingerboard with birds inlays; hardware includes those magical 85/15 humbuckers with 3-way toggle and push-pull coiltaps, PRS Phase II machineheads and PRS tremolo.

The new PRS CE24 Satin Nitro carries a recommended retail price of £1999 / €2349, which includes a PRS premium gigbag.

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SE Chris Robertson Signature For Europe

We love Black Stone Cherry at PRS. And Chris from Black Stone Cherry loves PRS.

The frontman’s been rocking PRS guitars for a good while – and now he’s got his own SE signature model, available exclusively in Europe!

The Singlecut-style SE Chris Robertson has a mahogany body and neck, bevelled maple top with flame veneer. The 24.5” scale length, 22-fret neck sports PRS’s Wide Fat profile for a great vintage feel – and the onboard electrics also reflect Chris’s obsession with old-school tone.

A US PRS 57/08 humbucker in the bridge position is partnered with an SE Soapbar pickup at the neck – harnessed to a simple three-position toggle switch and volume/tone for each pickup – to allow access to a wide range of distinctive and characterful rock’n’roll voices. And the guitar’s stripped-for-action vibe is reflected in the rock-solid but highly adjustable PRS stoptail bridge.

The PRS SE Chris Robertson Signature model comes in a single colour choice – Black Stone Cherry Burst, of course!

RRP for the new guitar is £995 / €1195 and the limited edition model will be available in 2016 only – orders for the guitar must be made before 31st December 2016

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SE Mark Holcomb Unleashed!

Following on from the success of his Core signature model, Mark Holcomb (Periphery) has now got his own SE model! And it’s an absolute cracker…

The SE Mark Holcomb features a 24-fret, 25.5” scale length wide-thin satin maple neck with 20” radius ebony fretboard, with a mahogany back/bevelled maple top body and stunning quilted maple veneer in ‘Holcomb Burst’. As you’ll see, it’s understated and very, very cool..

As far as pickups are concerned, the new weapon has a pair of Mark’s signature Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega humbuckers harnessed to a 3-way blade selector switch, volume and push/pull tone control. Shipping tuned to drop C (C-G-C-F-A-D low to high), the SE Mark Holcomb is, as you might expect, an absolute tone monster!

“With my SE signature model, we managed to capture all of the defining characteristics of my Maryland-made guitar and turn it into a streamlined, less costly package. It is an incredibly special instrument and one that is the primary focus of my rig in the studio and on stage,” Mark said.

RRP for the PRS SE Mark Holcomb is £899 / €1159 including PRS SE gig-bag.

You can check out Mark and his signature SE below!

 

 

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Vintage Heart, Modern Playability From McCarty 594

Combining the best of the old and the new is something of a holy grail in guitar building.

Vintage tone, worn-in feel, classic looks – we want them all. But we also want modern playability, super-stable tuning and versatility.

Enter the new McCarty 594, a PRS model created specifically to tick all the above boxes. Its 58/15 LT (low turn) pickups and push/pull coil taps provide an abundance of rich, old-school humbucking and nuanced sweet single-coil tones, while the new Pattern Vintage neck carve lends an immediately familiar, “years-old” playability. But typically precise PRS craftsmanship also means class-leading modern levels of intonation along the entire length of its 24.594″ neck (see where the name comes from?) – and tweaked Phase III tuners with a new ‘set screw’ ensure excellent tuning stability and maximum transfer of energy from string to guitar.

Add in a sumptuous spec list that includes figured maple top, mahogany back, bound rosewood fingerboard, Bird inlays, PRS 2-piece stop tailpiece and a choice of Blood Orange, Black Gold Burst, Charcoal Burst, Fire Red Burst, Faded Whale Blue, Gray Black, Honey, Jade, McCarty Sunburst colours and you’ve got another PRS model well worthy of the McCarty name.

So it’s easy to see why John Mayer says, “The 594 is the best new guitar I’ve played in years. It has a vintage heart and soul but without the technical limitations that usually come along with an old instrument. What good is an old guitar if you can’t get all that feel out of the upper frets, or the intonation is off? To hear that old PAF sound but be able to articulate the notes in a way that only modern manufacturing could allow is so exciting.”

 

The PRS McCarty 594 carries a recommended retail price of £4260 / €6659 in the UK/Europe

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PRS Guitars Europe Announce SE Bernie Marsden Final Run

Bernie Marsden’s signature PRS SE model is a truly fabulous guitar, designed to deliver big, fat vintage-style tone in a seriously good-looking package. This final run is PRS’s tribute to Bernie and this great guitar; it is limited to just 250 guitars for Europe after which the model will no longer be available. Even better, the Bernie Marsden final run is available in 6  PRS colours, Vintage Sunburst, Black Cherry, Santana Yellow, Trampas Green, Tobacco Sunburst and Grey Black, showing off the classic PRS book matched flame maple veneer top to great advantage – Just how good do they look?!

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Add in a lightweight Mahogany body, super-comfortable cream bound wide-fat mahogany 22 fret set neck with a classic 24.5” scale, topped by a rosewood fingerboard all powered by a pair of great sounding SE 245 humbuckers and it’s no surprise that Bernie’s guitar just feels and sounds spot-on.

As Bernie says “I have played my SE on stage and in the studio all over the world, and will continue to do so – it sounds great and has never let me down. I look forward to continuing my relationship with PRS and would like to thank them for making such a great guitar with my name on it!”

The Final Run Limited Edition versions are available at the same price as the original, at just £695 /€995 (inc VAT) including PRS SE gigbag!

These guitars are available across Europe now so contact your local PRS Dealer today!

For full details on the SE Bernie Marsden, visit http://prsguitars.com/2015/seberniemarsden

 

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PRS Guitars and John Mayer Introduce Limited Edition Private Stock Super Eagle

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PRS Guitars and John Mayer have announced a special run of Private Stock “Super Eagle” instruments. The Private Stock Super Eagle is the result of a very close collaboration between famed guitar maker Paul Reed Smith and Grammy-winning musician John Mayer. The goal of the partnership was to create a highly-sophisticated and unique instrument that at once reveres the history of guitar-making and guitar tone but pushes the boundaries of materials, design, and craftsmanship. The result is a truly new PRS instrument that embodies the PRS Private Stock culture of meticulous workmanship as well as Mayer’s keen eye for playability, tone, and detail.

“Working with John has been a truly rewarding experience. His knowledge and understanding of guitars is highly sophisticated,” said Paul Reed Smith. “We were on the phone on a literally daily basis attacking this project, and I am so proud to see this guitar on stage and in the studio with John and to be able to offer it to musicians and collectors to enjoy.”

Some of the more distinctive and personalized specifications Mayer and Smith decided on for this special run of instruments include a longer (for PRS) scale length of 25.375”, specially-wound 58/15 JM treble and bass pickups with a specially-wound Narrowfield JM pickup in the middle position (with three individual coil-tap mini-switches), a JCF Audio preamp with treble boost, as well as a hand-signed sticker in the f-hole of the guitar that was designed by Mayer’s friend David Smith (who also designed the cover art for Mayer’s 2012 “Born and Raised” album). The pickups deliver a bright, clear tone that has been heard in venues across the USA in Mayer’s recent performances with Dead & Company.

But according to Mayer, this guitar won’t stop with Dead & Company. “Paul and I worked very closely to create this guitar, and the result is an incredibly refined and elegant instrument. It has a completely new sound and spirit. It’s been a joy to play and I’m excited to share that experience with other guitar players,” John Mayer.

For more info on the Super Eagle click here

 

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Welcome Back CE 24!

It’s perhaps the perfect way to welcome in the New Year – the re-introduction of the much-loved CE 24 model (with some new tweaks, of course..!) to the PRS line-up.

Originally introduced in 1988, the CE was first conceived to offer players PRS design and build quality with the added snap and sparkle of traditional bolt-on guitars – now it’s back after nearly a decade away from the PRS catalogue, and it’s better than ever.

The new CE sticks to the classic PRS combination of mahogany back and maple top, with bolt-on maple neck and rosewood fingerboard – and boasts a Pattern Thin neck carve and satin nitro finish for a natural, sleek feel.

To maximise the guitar’s inherent tone and clarity, the CE 24 features the fabulous PRS 85/15 pickups, which Paul designed to have remarkable clarity as well as extended high and low end. The electronics consist of a volume and push/pull tone control with 3-way toggle switch for a total of six classic sounds.

The CE 24 is offered in eight classic PRS colours – Amber, Dark Cherry Sunburst, Grey Black, McCarty Tobacco Sunburst, Ruby, Trampas Green, Vintage Sunburst and Whale Blue.

The PRS CE 24 is available in Europe now, with a recommended retail price of £1869 / €2699

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Here it in action!