TYPE: Single-cutaway, solidbody electric
BODY: Asymmetric bevelled thin mahogany
NECK: Mahogany, glued-in
HARDWARE: Tune-o-matic-style bridge, Bigsby B50 vibrato, S2 locking tuners (w/brass posts)
ELECTRICS: PRS Starla S2 Treble (bridge) and Bass (neck) humbuckers, 3-way lever pickup selector switch, master volume and tone with pull/push coil-split
The Starla is the only single-cut in our trio – and the neck joins the body at the 16th fret. Of our trio it’s the most unaltered compared to the previous USA model. Its pickups are modelled on the USA Starla humbuckers - a completely different design for PRS, aiming at a more Gretsch/Rickenbacker-like tonality, a tune-o-matic bridge and licensed Bigsby vibrato. The S2 tuners are Koreran-made versions of the USA Phase II tuners.
The Starla has a rounder-nosed Gretsch-y, Rickie-like voice: it begs for lashings of reverb and a dab of Brylcreem - and could bethe most un-PRS-sounding PRS we’ve ever played.
Few players won’t enjoy its evocative, classic voice – could this be the guitar to turn the vintage-obsessed doubters on to PRS?
Chris Robertson from Black Stone Cherry on the new S2 Starla