2010 sees a major milestone in the career of one of the so-called new boys of worldwide guitar manufacturing; the 25th Anniversary of Paul Reed Smith guitars. In the next issue of Guitarist we’ll be helping the company celebrate with a huge feature that’ll outline the evolution of the PRS name, take a close look at the Custom, the model that started it all, plus a run-down of the of 25th Anniversary models, some of which have a very limited production run indeed.
I remember the first time I saw and played a PRS. It must have been 1986/7 and the shop at which I worked, Musical Exchanges in Birmingham, took delivery of a whale blue Custom 10 Top complete with Sweet Switch. It was a truly awesome guitar and gave players a genuinely new design, feel and palette of tones to get to grips with.
Gracing the cover of next issue will be this example of the Private Stock program, PRS’s ‘business inside a business’. It’s #2561 made on 9th February 2010 and the 29th of just 50 Violin McCarty solidbodies intended for production, and if it doesn’t whet your appetite, then nothing will.
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The June issue of Guitarist, GIT329, is on-sale 11th May 2010