Paul Reed Smith Wood Library Paul’s Guitar Brian’s Limited
This 10 piece run was hand picked by our staff at the Paul Reed Smith factory as a Wood Library Limited Run. We are now accepting pre-orders, these guitars are due in around June 2019. Please Contact us for pre-orders or with any questions. Thank you!
Historically, the Paul’s Guitar (like the Modern Eagle before it) has been a realization of Paul Reed Smith’s latest discoveries surrounding tone – the result of ideas mulled over a long period of time. As a guitar builder and musician, Paul is continually refining his life’s work and the Paul’s Guitar is his next step forward. As such, this instrument showcases Paul’s dedication to the finest points of tone and aesthetics and boasts several personal touches, including “dirty” deep-curl maple tops and narrow pickup bobbins.
While the aesthetics are similar to his guitars of the past, the Experience Limited 2018 Paul’s Guitar combines pickup innovations and a unique, but intuitive electronics layout to achieve a new tonal palette. Paul has recently spent a great deal of time meticulously studying vintage single-coils, dissecting them with the goal of bringing to market the clarity, fullness, and musicality that they provide. Most notably, this research has resulted in the new John Mayer Silver Sky signature guitar and its 635JM pickups. Through this research, PRS’s new TCI treble and bass pickups were developed. TCI (Tuned Capacitance and Inductance) pickups start with the end in mind. Knowing the desired tone goal in the beginning and designing the pickups to achieve that tone, allows the pickups to get a very pure, vintage sound while being very consistently reproducible.
The Experience PRS 2018 Paul’s Guitar also features two mini-toggle switches between the volume and tone knobs. This set up allows players to put either or both pickups in true single coil mode, which delivers the clarity and uniqueness of vintage single-coil tones in both single-coil and humbucking positions.
“I don’t just like the newest version of my guitar, I love it. With these new pickups, I can move from a strong bridge pickup to a very clear, “whoopy” neck pickup – you can hear every note – by just setting the mini-toggles and using the 3-way as normal. It’s a highly musical and very usable setup,” said Paul Reed Smith. “This guitar has clear, spanky single coils when you split the pickups but a very full soapbar quality when they are in humbucking mode. It’s just beautiful.”
The Paul’s Guitar is Paul Reed Smith’s choice for playing with his band – in the studio and on stage.
Top Wood: 10 top Quilt Maple
Back Wood: Mahogany
Number of Frets: 22
Scale Length: 25″
Neck Wood: 5 guitars will have natural Flame Maple necks, 5 will have Mahogany necks
Fretboard Wood: The Maple necks will have Flame Maple fretboards, Mahogany necks will have Ziricote boards
Fretboard Inlays: Sparkle Mother of Pearl birds with Paua outlines (Not Brushstroke birds)
Neck Shape: Pattern
Bridge: PRS Stoptail with Brass inserts
Tuners: PRS Phase III Locking Tuners
Hardware Type: Smoked Black
Treble Pickup: TCI
Bass Pickup: TCI
Controls: Volume and Tone Controls w/ 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch and Two Mini-Toggle Coil Tap Switches
Case: Black Paisley Hardshell
-Faded Blue Jean
-Black Gold Burst
-Fire Red Burst
Mahogany neck version: $4,880
Maple neck version: $5,199