REVIEW: Paul Reed Smith Signature Limited

Paul Reed Smith has many gorgeous signature models for artists like Carlos Santana, Alter Bridge/Creed’s Mark Tremonti, David Grissom and Al DiMeola, as well as SE models for Orianthi, Dave Navarro, Bernie Marsden, Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt and many more. The PRS Guitars Signature Limited is a signature model too, but you won’t find a specific artist named on the headstock. Instead this model has the backing of multiple artists: Howard Leese (Heart/Bad Company), Davy Knowles (when I told Davy I was reviewing the Signature Limited, he offered a few words: “It’s the only guitar I’ve played for ages now. So proud to be a part of it!”), Michael Ault, legendary guitar historian Tom Wheeler and Paul Smith himself. The model was launched at the 2011 Winter NAMM show as a 100-piece run through the company’s Private Stock division, but in 2012 the model has been shifted over to the core production line for a still-limited but much-larger, 400-piece run.

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NEWS: Bad Company live DVD and Blu-Ray

YES! Who’s reader for some reunited Bad Company rock and roll, right in your living room? This forthcoming Bad Company live DVD (filmed in 2010) features original members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke, as well as the impossibly cool Howard Leese (Heart) and Lynn Sorenson.

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BAD COMPANY LIVE AT WEMBLEY DUE JUNE 28 IN THREE FORMATS

New York, NY (June 14, 2011)—When legendary classic rockers Bad Company performed at the historic British venue Wembley Arena in London on a beautiful April 2010 spring night, high-definition cameras captured the whole evening in all its glory. On June 28, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live At Wembley simultaneously on DVD, Blu-Ray & CD, through its Eagle Vision & Eagle Records imprints.

There was magic in the air as all three original Bad Company members—vocalist extraordinaire Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke—are augmented by bassist Lynn Sorensen and guitarist Howard Leese. (Original bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006.)

The set list is packed with every major hit, fan favorites and seldom-heard deep album cuts. The DVD and Blu-Ray includes a band interview.

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NAMM 2011: Paul Reed Smith Signature Limited

I had the pleasure of checking this guitar out in person last night at a PRS event – the ever-awesome Davy Knowles showed me his personal guitar – and I was blown away by the playability of the neck. It plays way too fast for how it looks, and the sustain is great. Haven’t had a chance to hear the pickups yet but Davy told me they were especially designed for authentic split-coil sounds, with the neck unit designed and placed to take advantage of the 24th fret harmonic location.

Here’s some info from the PRS site:

The Signature Limited Run reintroduces the concept of the popular “Signature Series” guitar first offered over 20 years ago and adds PRS’s top tier Private Stock appointments and a list of influential artists. Limited to 100 pieces, the Signature model showcases a culmination of years of artist input and boasts PRS’s first ever multi-endorsement guitar Tom Wheeler, Howard Leese, Michael Ault, Davy Knowles, and Paul Reed Smith all backing the model.

“Every update the PRS Tech Center (PTC) has to offer has been included in the creation of this model’s specifications, and the artist line up speaks volumes of this guitar’s capabilities,” said Paul Reed Smith.

Highlights include a brand new pickup system with proprietary 408 treble and bass humbucking pickups which produce eight sounds on a simple switching scheme. A highly figured Private Stock maple top, and ME (Modern Eagle) birds with brown mother of pearl centers create an arresting visual impression. This model’s filled in “sinker” mahogany neck gives the player a new but familiar unfinished feel.