PRS Guitars announces new models for 2014
Ahead of next month's NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, PRS Guitars announces the addition of the P24 Trem, a 24-fret piezo-equipped solidbody electric guitar that effortlessly achieves classic humbucker tones and authentic acoustic sounds in one instrument.
The P24 Trem has two output jacks, allowing guitarists to plug into their favorite electric or acoustic guitar amp or DI into a soundboard. By utilizing the separate blend control, the tone of the P24 Trem's pickups can also be combined with acoustic sounds through a single output. With a nearly infinite range of tones and the added versatility and reliability or PRS's proprietary tremolo bridge, the P24 Trem is a perfect "go-to" guitar for players of all kinds.
The P24 Trem features a carved figured flame or quilted maple top with mahogany back, a mahogany 25" scale Pattern Regular 24 fret neck, East Indian rosewood fingerboard with bird inlays, the new rosewood headstock veneer with inlayed Paul Reed Smith signature, PRS Phase III locking tuners and a PRS piezo tremolo bridge. The electronics are comprised of uncovered PRS 57/08 treble and bass pickups, a volume and tone control with 5-way blade pickup switch and LR Baggs/PRS Piezo Pickup System. Finish options include eleven popular PRS colors and six "new for 2014" maple top colors: Aquableux, Blood Orange, Faded Whale Blue, Leprechaun Tooth, Obsidian, and Violet.
P24 Trems are also available through the PRS Artist Package program, which allows guitarists to further customize the instrument with enhanced top, neck, and fretboard woods as well as hardware and colors options.
PRS Custom 24
The Custom 24 is the quintessential PRS guitar. This iconic instrument was the first model that Paul Reed Smith brought to the public at PRS Guitars' first Winter NAMM show in 1985 and has been a top seller ever since. Always retaining its fundamental character, the Custom has been updated several times over the past twenty-eight years. New for 2014, the Custom 24 will be offered with a Floyd Rose tremolo system in both the Core and SE product lines.
The Core "Floyd" Custom 24 is equipped with the time-tested Floyd Rose "Original" tremolo system and PRS's \m/ (metal) pickups (uncovered). The Floyd Rose "Original" tremolo and locking nut tuning system, is a double-locking design precision-made from high quality steel, allows players to lock the guitar in tune at the nut and at the bridge which keeps the guitar in tune even during the heaviest dive-bombing sessions.
PRS will also offer the SE "Floyd" Custom 24 guitar for 2014 featuring the 1000 Series tremolo. Identical to the Floyd Rose Original, this tremolo is Korean-made with the same high-quality materials. The SE "Floyd" Custom boasts SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups paired with a push-pull tone control and 3-way blade pickup switch for coil tapping.
The Custom 24 will continue to be offered without the Floyd in both the Core and SE lines. The Core model features the choice of PRS's 59/09 treble and bass pickups or HFS treble and Vintage Bass pickups and PRS's patented tremolo system. For 2014, both Core Custom models are available in PRS's six new maple top colors (Aquableux, Blood Orange, Faded Whale Blue, Leprechaun Tooth, Obsidian, and Violet) and feature a rosewood headstock veneer with inlaid "Paul Reed Smith" signature. Guitarists looking to add additional options, colors, and enhanced features can order a Custom 24 Artist Package. The SE Custom features the PRS SE tremolo and SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups paired with a push-pull tone control and 3-way blade pickup switch for coil tapping.
PRS S2 Singlecut
PRS has also announced production on two additional S2 models: the S2 Singlecut and the S2 Custom 22. Both of these new models, officially announced in December 2013, will be on display at the 2014 NAMM show in Anaheim, California.
The S2 Singlecut and Custom 22 guitars feature figured maple tops with mahogany backs, 22-fret 25" scale length Pattern Regular mahogany necks with rosewood fretboards, and dot or bird inlays. The guitars incorporate PRS-designed S2 #7 treble and bass pickups paired with a 3-way blade switch push-pull tone control for coil-tapping versatility as well as PRS fretwire, nuts, and double-action truss rods.
The S2 Singlecut features the same PRS stoptail that is used on the company's Core line. The S2 Custom 22 features a PRS tremolo (the same tremolo that has been used on the PRS SE line for more than a decade). Both new S2 models are available in seven color choices: Black, Antique White, Black Cherry, Blue Crab Blue Smokeburst, Dark Cherry Sunburst, Grey Black, and McCarty Tobacco.
PRS S2 Custom 22
PRS President Jack Higginbotham offers, "The S2 project has been energizing to us as a company, largely because we are bridging the price gap between our SE line and Core electric lines with a guitar that is made here in our Maryland factory. It required us to look at every element of the manufacturing process with a fresh set of eyes and few preconceived notions. The result is a series of guitars that appeals to long time admirers of our brand as well as a new audience of musicians."
Artists currently using S2 Series instruments include: Dave Knudson (Minus the Bear), Thomas Fekete (Surfer Blood), Isaac Ellsworth and Stephen Holmes (MoneyPenny), Jonathan Sutten and Seth Trimble (Throw the Fight), and JJ Grey (Mofro).
The S2 Single Cut and the S2 Custom 22, officially announced in December 2013, will be on display at the winter NAMM show in Anaheim California from January 23-26 in PRS rooms 210A and 210B. Shipping will begin in the first quarter of 2014.
PRS Marty Friedman signature model
In addition, Paul Reed Smith Guitars is proud to welcome Marty Friedman – one of the most celebrated lead guitarists of thrash metal – to the PRS family of SE signature artists. Known worldwide for his groundbreaking work with Megadeth and Cacophony, Friedman's career to date includes 27 gold and platinum records and 5 Grammy awards. His new SE signature model, a black singlecut with star inlays personally chosen by Friedman, is also a force to be reckoned with.
The SE Marty Friedman features a beveled maple top with mahogany back, a 25" scale length wide fat 22 fret mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard and star inlays, PRS-designed SE locking tuners and PRS's adjustable stoptail bridge. SE humbucking treble and bass pickups with volume and tone for each pickup with a 3-way toggle switch on the upper bout gives players ultimate versatility and control.
"The PRS Marty Friedman signature model was developed over the course of recording 'Inferno' - my most 'guitar demanding' album yet. Its sound is all over that record. PRS has finally created my ultimate go-to guitar," said Friedman.
The introduction of the SE Marty Friedman comes months before the set release of Friedman's studio album "Inferno," which features what Friedman told Guitar World is, "the most intense writing and playing I can do." Just as he changed the game of metal and guitar with his revered solo debut "Dragon's Kiss," Friedman's new SE signature model will raise the bar for a new generation of players.
For more information, visit the official PRS Guitars website.