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PRS Stunning New Private Stock Models

(PRESS RELEASE): PRS Guitars Europe has revealed details of six exciting Private Stock “Models” heading to Europe right now. These Private Stock guitars are built by the Private Stock team alongside the continuing built to order Private Stock instruments.

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 PRS Private Stock models, L-R: Paul’s Guitar, Violin II, McCarty Singlecut, Custom 24, Tremonti, Santana #2

As Paul Reed Smith explains, “Over the years we noticed many Private Stock customers were choosing similar options and models for their built to order Private Stocks, so we decided to make these in small batch runs as Private Stock Models. This allows us to make exactly the same quality instrument using exactly the same Private Stock grade timbers more efficiently, accounting for the lower price tag. These are Private Stock instruments of the highest calibre showcasing the best of PRS, they are truly beautiful musical instruments, I should know as I play each and every one of them before they are approved for casing.” 

European Private Stock Models benefit from a high specification although there are some options such as a curly flame or quilt maple top, or the ‘Maple Package’ which adds maple binding and headstock veneer to match the top. There are an almost unlimited number of Private Stock color choices too. Each Private Stock Model is supplied with a PS number and the usual signed PS certificate detailing full specification.

Further details can be found at www.prsguitars.com/privatestock

Violin II

PRS Violin guitars are deeply rooted in Paul Reed Smith’s belief that the guitar is the violin of our time. Violin II instruments pair curly maple necks with ebony fretboards, “Violin” finish colour (a beautiful glowing amber/gold reminiscent of old violins), and Private Stock’s new “Strad” purfling on the neck and headstock. Features include a carved figured maple top, lightweight mahogany back, 25” scale length, 22 fret “Pattern” curly maple neck, ebony fretboard and headstock veneer, gold Mother of Pearl “Violin” bird inlays and headstock eagle, beautiful “Strad” fretboard and headstock purfling, plated nickel/silver 57/08 pickups with one volume and one push/pull tone control with a 3-way toggle pickup switch, PRS Phase III locking tuners, PRS stoptail bridge with brass inserts (PRS tremolo option available), hybrid hardware, and a paisley hardshell case.

McCarty Singlecut

Named after Paul’s mentor and a legend in the guitar industry, the Private Stock McCarty Singlecut is a direct reflection of Ted McCarty’s work in the 1950’s on solidbody guitars and everything he taught Paul decades later.

Features include a McCarty Sunburst carved figured maple top, thick mahogany back, 24 1/2” scale length, 22 fret “Pattern” mahogany neck, figured maple bound Madagascar rosewood fretboard, Madagascar rosewood headstock veneer, mammoth ivory bird inlays and headstock eagle, plated nickel/silver 57/08 pickups with two volume and two tone controls with a 3-way toggle pickup switch on the upper bout, the trademark Santana headstock shape, bone nut, PRS Phase III locking tuners, “flat jumbo” fretwire, custom–machined PRS two-piece bridge, nickel hardware, and a paisley hardshell case.

Custom 24

A model that needs little introduction, the Custom 24 is the quintessential PRS guitar. This iconic instrument was the first model that Paul Reed Smith brought to the public at PRS Guitars’ first Winter NAMM show in 1985 and has been a top seller ever since. The Private Stock Custom 24 is a beautiful take on an established classic.

Features include a McCarty thickness African ribbon mahogany body, Madagascar rosewood fingerboard and headstock veneer, “Pattern Regular” carve mahogany neck, green ripple abalone birds inlays with Mother Of Pearl outlines (neck and headstock), 53/10 treble and bass humbuckers with volume and tone controls and 5-way blade selector switch, gold/nickel PRS tremolo, Phase III locking tuners with ivoroid buttons.

Tremonti

One of PRS Guitars’ most popular signature models, the Tremonti was created to deliver Mark Tremonti’s characteristic aggressive rhythm and fluid soloing style.

 Private Stock model features include Private Stock grade mahogany body and neck, Madagascar rosewood fingerboard, “Pattern Thin” neck carve, green ripple abalone birds inlays with Mother of Pearl outlines, Tremonti treble and bass pickups with individual volume and tone controls and 3-way toggle selector switch, nickel PRS tremolo with trem up-rout, Phase III locking tuners with ivoroid buttons.

Santana #2

Carlos Santana’s creative association with Paul Reed Smith goes back many years and has done much to shape the destiny of PRS Guitars. The Private Stock Santana #2 model takes the distinctive outline of the regular Santana signature and adds some beautiful touches. 

Features include Private Stock grade mahogany body and neck (with Santana neck carve), Madagascar rosewood fingerboard, green ripple abalone “old school” birds fretboard inlays, green ripple abalone Private Stock Eagle headstock inlay, original Santana treble humbucker, 57/08 bass humbucker, volume, tone and 3-way toggle switch, nickel PRS tremolo, Phase III locking tuners and Madagascar rosewood ‘OM’ symbol trussrod cover.

Paul’s Guitar

Based on the instrument that Paul Reed Smith currently uses in the studio and on stage, Paul’s Guitar carries on the tradition of the PRS Modern Eagle.

Private Stock Model features include Private Stock grade mahogany neck and body, Private Stock grade Madagascar rosewood fingerboard, “Pattern” neck carve, green ripple abalone birds inlays with Mother Of Pearl outlines (fingerboard and headstock), Paul’s Guitar treble and bass pickups, volume and tone controls with 3-way toggle selector and 2 mini coil-tap switches, nickel PRS tremolo, Phase III locking tuners with ivoroid buttons.

 

 

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