PRS Announces Signature Artist SE Models at Winter NAMM 2010
January 14, 2010
A classic PRS sound with white pearloid birds and red sparkle finish, the Orianthi SE model is the very first signature model instrument bearing the guitar goddess’ name. It comes standard with a Korina back and maple top, 24 fret wide-thin maple neck with 25″ scale length and an ebony fretboard featuring white pearloid birds and an “O” at the 12th fret. The model also features PRS designed Tremolo and PRS designed tuners with nickel hardware and two humbucking pickups to give new and seasoned players alike a shiny new ax to grind.
“When I was approached about doing a signature model with PRS, I knew that in my career I had reached every goal I had wanted to reach. This model is based off of my two favorite PRS guitars, one being the first PRS I ever owned. This SE model holds up to both of those guitars as a players guitar that can take a beating….I have put everything I am into this guitar and can’t wait for you to hear it.” Zach Myers
Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth
As the lead vocalist and guitarist for the acclaimed death metal band Opeth, Mikael traverses the musical terrain with sounds that are “subject to savage punctuations of death metal fury at any given moment.” Akerfeldt once commented on the diversity of Opeth’s music. His new model follows suit with a singlecut mahogany body, maple top and flame maple veneer, maple neck with ebony fretboard, 24 jumbo frets, original PRS bird inlays, PRS designed tremolo bridge, gold hardware, HFS and Vintage Bass pickups, volume, tone, 3-way toggle. A Tortoise Shell finish with a Opeth “O” logo on body give this guitar a unique look to compliment a unique voice.
“I’m a writer, a rhythm, lead and acoustic player. I try to be as versatile as possible, that’s why I needed a guitar that can match those ambitions both live and in the studio. On top of things, it is proper eye candy too.” Mike Akerfeldt
SE Nick Catanese of Black Label Society
Nick Catanese and PRS have created a signature model SE worthy of Nick’s “Evil Twin” moniker. Starting with an extra-thick Singlecut mahogany body, the guitar tops off with a Gloss Black finish with red binding on body, neck and headstock, and and “Evil Twin” logo on body. The model also features a mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, 22 jumbo frets, no inlays, TonePros adjustable stoptail bridge, and EMG 81 and 85 pickups with red pickup rings. Other appointments include volume, tone and 3-way toggle on upper bout.
“I have a home that knows how to make an elegant weapon. PRS is a guitar players home.” Nick Catanese
Paul Allender of Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth guitarist’s ever popular model is updated with new pickups and new colors for a filthy new take on Paul Allender’s namesake ax. Now available in available in Emerald Green Burst or Scarlet Red Burst, the double-cutaway mahogany body still has a flame maple veneer and a special arm carve. Additional features include rounded edges on the body, maple neck with ebony fretboard, 24 jumbo frets and the bats in flight inlay. New EMG 89 and 81-TW pickups with coil tapping give the guitar an updated sound, and a tremolo bridge, nickel hardware, push-pull volume, push-pull tone and 3-way toggle switch are also featured.
“More metal than your gran’s left hip.” Paul Allender
Now this is interesting. Finding his guitar needs shifting in new directions and no longer feeling that Ibanez reflected his personality, Dave Weiner is selling off a bunch of his Ibanezes and is hooking up with PRS under a non-exlusive agreement which will allow him to play other brands when he feels like it, while also developing 6 and 7 string models. Cool!
Dave talks about his sweet new PRS 513 in this video here:
You can read more, including comments from Dave, on this thread on Jemsite.
As for Dave’s garage sale, check out the guitars he’s saying goodbye to here. Currently he’s selling an Ibanez LACS (LA Custom Shop) 7 string, an Ibanez AF207 7-string jazz guitar with one-of-a-kind 5-way high frequency filter, an Ibanez AJ30ECE acoustic guitar used on Steve Vai’s recent ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ live CD and DVD, and an Ibanez SR485 5-string bass.
Did you manage to see Nine Inch Nails on their final victory lap before they were retired as a live band (at least in the current form – I’m pretty sure we’ll see them again some day, eventually, and when that day comes everyone will be all like, ‘pfft, what a rip. I paid to see their last tour because it was their last tour, and now they’re touring again? WTF, NIN, WTF? But I digress). Well NIN may be no more but thanks to Trent Reznor’s decision to bail out of the touring game for the time being, there are a hell of a lot of cool NIN-owned/used guitars being sold on eBay at the moment by the band. Check out this ESP Eclipse with artwork from The Fragile.
Paul Reed Smith to Assume Responsibility of the PRS Private Stock Department
Joseph Knaggs, Director of R&D and Private Stock, has decided to leave PRS Guitars to launch his own artistic endeavor. As of July 1, 2009, Paul Reed Smith will assume management of PRS Guitars’ world-renowned Private Stock Department. Both Paul and Joe are looking to a positive future.
Paul Reed Smith stated, “I grew up with Joe. He has been with the company for decades, and I wish him the very best.”
As one would expect, Paul has strong plans for the growth of the Private Stock department. While official announcements will be made in the coming months, one thing that can be counted on is the input and beautiful craftsmanship from the remarkable luthiers of the Private Stock Department who have been building breathtaking instruments over the years. PRS also has many unique Private Stock activities planned for “Experience PRS” being held this September.
PRS Guitars constantly strives to build the highest quality instruments possible. The Private Stock department seeks to raise that bar through material choice, personalized specifications, and the careful, trained eyes of a small group of specialty luthiers. It has been described as “a business inside a business” and has always been a healthy addition to PRS’s offerings. Paul’s talent, instinct, and management make this a natural transition…or as Paul Reed Smith simply said, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to build guitars again.”
About PRS Guitars:
Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high-quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has been providing some of the world’s most renowned guitarists with instruments since 1985. More than 290 highly skilled craftspeople produce more than 70 guitars each day for worldwide distribution. PRS Acoustics and PRS Amps were introduced as new product lines in 2009 with support from renowned artists Ricky Skaggs and Derek Trucks. Carlos Santana, Linkin Park, Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down and Mark Tremonti of Creed are also among the artists currently playing PRS guitars.
PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com
Although I’ve always loved the quality, sound and playability of PRS guitars, I never really thought about buying one just because I’ve been more into other design types. That kinda changed with the Bigsby-loaded Starla, one of the guitars on my “I’ll buy it when I’m rich some day” list. Aand now PRS is releasing a Stoptail version of the Starla for folks who aren’t as into the Bigsby as I am. Everyone wins!
PRS Guitars Debuts the Starla Stoptail Electric Guitar
The Starla Stoptail has the same retro-inspired vibe as its predecessor with one noticeable difference: it features a two-piece, adjustable stoptail bridge that dramatically alters the look and feel of the original Bigsby fitted Starla model while bringing out more of a mid-range woodiness in the tone. Exclusive double-screw Starla Treble and Bass Pickups are currently standard on all models in the Starla series and offer a bright high-end bark that allows these guitars to cut through the mix.
The Starla Stoptail’s solid mahogany body is accented with a 24 ½” scale rosewood fingerboard, a solid mahogany neck and dot inlays or optional bird inlays. Proprietary Alnico magnets incorporated into the pickup design contribute to the guitar’s unique clean and crisp sound but are also capable of rich harmonic overtones when driven.
Other features include a uniquely shaped black plastic pick guard, tone and volume pots and a three-way pickup selector. Color options include Vintage Cherry, Vintage Mahogany, Vintage Orange and Black as well as the new metallic colors including Gold Sparkle, Silver Sparkle and the new metallic Hot Hues colors Twilight, Catalina Dream, and Sinful Cinnamon. Starla Stoptail models are currently shipping to authorized PRS dealers around the world.
“The Starla is inspiring to customers and to PRS employees. We wanted to open the door to players who might shy away from the tremolo version,” said PRS Sales Manager Rick Hodgson.
The Starla model featuring the Bigsby tremolo bridge was originally unveiled as part of the Experience PRS 2008 open house event. Similar in spirit to the double cutaway Mira model introduced at Experience PRS 2007, the single cutaway Starla and Starla Stoptail have many vintage themed appointments.
Anyone tried the Paul Reed Smith 1957/2008 pickups released last year? Well here’s the next evolution of that pickup: the 59/09.
PRS Presents the 59/09 Electric Guitar Pickup
The PRS 59/09 is the newest addition to Paul Reed Smith Guitars’ 1957/2008 Series™ line of pickups. Slightly darker and more powerful in the bridge with a touch more clarity and brightness in the neck, the 59/09 provides a tonal alternative to the industry revered original 1957/2008 pickups, known for their articulate clarity and rich harmonic overtones.
1957/2008 Series ™ pickups utilize PRS exclusive wire and incorporate proprietary winding and magnet innovations to produce iconic sounds but with unique tonality.
“Guitarists are delighted by the classic sounds of the original 1957/2008. In the new 59/09 we wanted to provide the same vibe but with additional output for those players wanting to drive the amp’s front end a little earlier, while providing a wider spread of tone between the neck and bridge pickup,” said Paul Smith.
The new 59/09′s feature PRS exclusive wire produced on the original machine used to make the classic ’50s era pickups. 59/09 pickups will be available on select PRS models shipping in July to authorized PRS dealers.
May 22, 2009
Paul Reed Smith Guitars is once again teaming up with long-time partner DuPont and their Hot Hues™ palette of colors to present brilliant new metallic guitar offerings. “Twilight,” “Catalina Dream,” and “Sinful Cinnamon” make up the roster of new color options offered.
PRS Guitars has been using DuPont paints for more than ten years and has been using Hot Hues™ paint since its inception. Over the span of this partnership, the prominent guitar manufacturer has joined DuPont at two SEMA shows, providing guitars finished in Hot Hues™ colors for the DuPont booth display, and provided a custom guitar for The Jeff Gordon Foundation. This guitar, signed by Jeff Gordon, Chip Foose, and Carlos Santana, was finished in the same paint as the Hot Hues “Heat Wave and Flames” No. 24 DuPont racecar driven by Gordon. PRS also chose the Hot Hues™ line to reintroduce the CE Alder Bolt-on guitar in 2008 with exceptional results.
“We are very proud of our relationship with Paul Reed Smith Guitars and we’re very pleased that they have chosen our Hot Hues Custom Finishes for their new line of guitars. DuPont is a company powered by Science and Innovation and that is a great fit with the innovative spirit of PRS Guitars,” says Fred Wissemann, Brand Manager for DuPont Refinish and Hot Hues Custom Finishes.
The most recent application of the Hot Hues™ line will appear on some of PRS’ newest guitar models: the Mira and the Starla. Rick Hodgson of the PRS Sales Team said, “We are excited to offer these unique colors. They are brand new for us, and we think they will give these already retro-inspired guitars a customized, Hot Rod vibe.” These guitars began shipping to dealers in mid-April.
“DuPont Hot Hues products offer the most user friendly metallic paint system we have tried,” says Steve Sears, Topcoat Finish Manager of PRS Guitars. “The ease of application, quality of coverage and variety of colors make Hot Hues™ an astounding product line.”
Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high-quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has been providing some of the world’s most renowned guitarists with instruments since 1985. More than 260 highly skilled craftspeople produce more than 70 guitars each day for worldwide distribution. PRS Acoustics and PRS Amps were introduced as new product lines in 2009 with support from renowned artists Ricky Skaggs and Derek Trucks. Carlos Santana, Linkin Park, Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down and Mark Tremonti of Creed are also among the artists currently playing PRS guitars.
This is the second I Heart Guitar lookalike post (remember my suspicions about Satch moonlighting as Bobby on The Kingdom Of Paramithi?). Last night I was watching TV and an ad for Celebrity Rehab With Dr Drew Pinsky came on. My first thought was “Sweet, what’s Paul Reed Smith doing on E! ..?” Don’t tell me their latest reality show is ‘Woods Of The PRS Private Stock Showroom’ or ‘Keeping Up With The McCartys.’
So what do you think? Is Paul Reed Smith moonlighting as a celebrity rehabilitation facilitator? That’s Paul on the left and Dr Drew on the right.
Introducing the PRS Tech Center PLUS Free Pickups Offer!
That’s right! Any current PRS pickup pair of your choice including the coveted 1957/2008!
In response to numerous customer requests, PRS is pleased to officially launch the PRS Tech Center (PTC) to provide factory repair, set-up, electronics upgrades, refinishing, touch-ups and other services to the PRS family of players.
As a way of introducing PRS customers to our new PRS Tech Center (PTC), we’re offering a great opportunity to buy a (made-in-USA) PRS guitar and receive (2) PRS pickups of your choice, factory installed with set-up at our new PRS Tech Center!
We’ll GIVE you the pickups for your new PRS guitar or even UPGRADE your current PRS guitar! AND, we’ll do a basic set-up absolutely FREE.**
Here’s how it works:
Buy a new PRS guitar anytime between March 1, 2009 until August 31, 2009 from an authorized PRS dealer and receive a FREE pickup set installed for FREE including a factory set-up at our new PRS Tech Center (PTC) in Stevensville, MD!
You can UPGRADE either your EXISTING PRS guitar or the newly purchased PRS guitar to the pickups of your choice as long as you purchase a new PRS guitar during the program period.
When you purchase your new PRS, send the original authorized dealer receipt and completed PRS Guitars PTC SALES PROMOTION REDEMPTION COUPON (available from your authorized PRS Dealer) to the address on the coupon.
PRS will register your purchase and place your reservation at the PRS Tech Center. You can schedule your guitar for upgrade and set-up anytime for up to one calendar year from the date of purchase. Scheduling will be subject to PTC availability. The PRS Tech Center will contact you to provide shipping instructions and projected completion date.
Shipping to PTC is paid by customer with return shipping paid by PRS Guitars.
Any PRS pickup set currently available including the 1957/2008 humbuckers can be specified by the customer!
PRS set-up includes fret dress, truss rod adjustment, new strings, and intonation adjustment. Other adjustments or repairs can be done on a fee basis while we have your guitar at the PTC.
This promotion applies only to guitars purchased by U.S. domiciled end-users from continental U.S. authorized PRS dealers.
**Subject to compatibility with your PRS guitar’s existing switching and/or electronics system. Special requests will be considered on a charge basis.
CLICK HERE to see Paul Reed Smith guitars on eBay.
This is a pretty cool idea. As an Ibanez geek I’d love to see Ibanez do something similar (with Dimarzio pickups), although that’s probably not very likely from a logistical point of view. This is a great way of helping users to customize their guitars in an ‘official, PRS-approved’ way, and it’s gotta be good PR too.
PRS Guitars is proud to welcome Black Label Society Guitarist Nick “Evil Twin” Catanese as the newest member of the PRS artist family. Years ago Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde dubbed Catanese “Evil Twin” in honor of his epic musical chops that kept the pace with Wylde’s intense live and studio performances. Nick has been with Zakk for the last 13 years and has not only toured the world over numerous times, but has contributed to two live DVD releases, nine studio releases and has hailed the stage for too many Ozzfests to count. Nick has also formed a band with Mike Stone from Queensrÿche (guitar and vocals) Josh Sattler (bass) of DoubleDrive and drummer Mike Froedge of Doubledrive. Their debut album will be released sometime by mid 2009 under the band name Speed X. PRS is thrilled to have Nick join the team and is looking forward to making guitars he can shred to his heart’s content.
CLICK HERE to look for the Washburn Nick Catanese model on eBay, since I guess they’ve gotta stop making it now!
Check out this footage of the reunited Jane’s Addiction rocking the Echoplex in Los Angeles on Monday February 16. Notice anything different? Yep, Dave Navarro’s using a white Ibanez RG with a humbucker and two single coils, black headstock, gold-plated hardware, PRS-style knobs and a PRS tremolo. This appears to be an Ibanez LA Custom Shop creation. So is Dave no longer with Paul Reed Smith?