Paul Reed Smith Private Stock March Guitar Of The Month Singlecut Archtop
The Private Stock Archtop was released in the fall as part of the 2016 model year. This model delivers tone, playability, and elegance to pro-level players and collectors alike. The addition of a maple top adds a new aesthetic and tone to the instrument while keeping the exceptional resonance and articulation of the spruce top model.
Like PRS acoustics, the back and sides of the Archtop are “locked down” while the maple top is left to vibrate freely. The top’s integral, parallel bracing further support the instrument’s build integrity and resonance; while the guitar’s Private Stock aluminum bronze bridge with brass saddles and solid ebony tailpiece further support the instrument’s woody depth and richness without sacrificing articulation.
Only six of these instruments will be made for March 2016, commemorating Private Stock’s 20th Anniversary.
The original Guitars of the Month were cased between December 1994 and March 1996. They provided the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and led directly to the creation of the Private Stock program, with the first “official” Private Stock instrument casing on April 19, 1996.
Model: Singlecut Archtop
Neck wood: Curly maple
Fingerboard wood: Ebony
Top wood: Curly maple
Back wood: Mahogany
Headstock Veneer wood: Curly maple
Neck Carve: Pattern regular
Side Dots: Ivoroid
Color / Stain: Laguna Smoked Burst
Fingerboard inlays: Mother of pearl “J” birds with paua heart centers, green ripple abalone and paua heart “Vine” inlay as well as mother of pearl purfling
Headstock veneer inlays: Mother of pearl “J” Private Stock eagle with paua heart center with mother of pearl “March” engraved “new” banner as well as mother of pearl purfling
Finish type: High gloss nitro
Pickups: Treble: 58/15 LT Bass: 58/15 LT
Electronics: Volume, tone with 3-way toggle
Hardware: Aluminum bronze PRS Archtop bridge with ebony tailpiece, gold phase III locking tuning pegs with ebony buttons as well as a bone nut
Set-Up: D’Addario .011 with a wound G
Case type: Private Stock 20th Anniversary Brown Gator Tolex
Specials: Laguna Smoked Burst high gloss nitro finish, mother of pearl “J” bird inlays with paua heart centers, green ripple abalone and paua heart “Vine” inlay on the fingerboard, mother of pearl “March” engraved “new” banner on the headstock as well as mother of pearl purfling along the fingerboard, headstock veneer and truss rod cover. This guitar is 1 of 6 March “Guitars of the Month” and was built to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Private Stock.
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