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NAMM 2021: PRS LAUNCH SILVER SKY 1,000 PIECE LIMITED EDITION

Published 1 month ago on January 23, 2021

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

1,000 Pieces Worldwide | Maple Fretboard and Neck | Lunar Ice “Flip-Flop” Finish

The PRS Silver Sky is an idealized version of a vintage single-coil guitar where every detail adds up and sets this guitar apart from the pack and the past. The result of a close collaboration between Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer and Paul Reed Smith, the Silver Sky is based off of years of development. Incorporating Mayer and Smith’s favorite elements of 1963 and 1964 instruments with an eye toward modern references, the PRS Silver Sky delivers the warmth and familiarity of an old guitar with the finesse of a brand-new instrument.

PRS Silver Sky Lunar Ice
PRS Silver Sky Lunar Ice

This limited-edition Silver Sky is outfitted with a unique polychromatic finish that accentuates the lines of the Silver Sky’s body in opalescent splendor. From shades of green, pink, blue, purple, and more, this “flip-flop” finish reflects hue and light differently at different angles, giving the guitar a dynamic look that is both delicate and powerful.

Some of the Silver Sky’s other unique features include the headstock shape, tuners, bridge, pickups, and neck and fretboard options. The headstock shape is based on PRS’s trademark design, but inverted both to accommodate Mayer’s playing style and also to keep a consistent length of string behind the nut, which makes staying in tune easier. The tuners are a traditional vintage-style, closed-back tuner, but with PRS’s locking design. The steel tremolo takes the patented PRS design and incorporates Gen III knife-edge screws. Setup flush to the body in the neutral position so that the tremolo bridge only goes down in pitch, the bridge’s increased contact with the body allows the guitar itself to be acoustically louder, which in turn improves the signal to noise ratio of the single-coil pickups. The 635JM single-coil pickups are very round and full, with a musical high end that is never “ice-picky” or brash.

Polychromatic

With its polychromatic finish, this Lunar Ice model Silver Sky will certainly turn heads. While it looks good on the publicity photos, I suspect it will look even better in the flesh. The guitar itself has exactly the same specifications as a regular PRS Silver Sky and comes fitted with a set of three 635JM single-coil pickups.

Maple Fretboard

PRS Silver Sky Lunar Ice limited edition
PRS Silver Sky Lunar Ice limited edition

This is the version with the maple fretboard and the smaller hollow bird inlays, a distinct difference to last year’s model, with its rosewood fretboard. That may contribute to higher collector prices, so be warned. If you want one, don’t and around or they will sell out. With the increased production run of 1000 over last year’s 500, hopefully, that effect won’t be as marked.

I’ve added a video of last year’s Nebula finish model, so you can see the flip-flop finish and how it reacts to light.

RRP – TBC

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