PRS unveil new S2 Vela guitar

PRS has unveiled its new model, the S2 Vela. And the guitar looks like a bold move for the company, breaking a few traditions to reach out to new players.

For starters, its new offset body shape has more of a 'pawn shop' vibe than anything seen from the Maryland company before, with retro vibes even Mosrite fans might be attracted to.

And while its look may be more of no frills punk rock approach that bucks PRS's luxury traditions, the Vela's (RRP £1,199 / $1,699) spec offers real tonal versatility.

There's a new pickup combination on offer; a PRS Starla pickup in the bridge, providing what PRS call a 'bright, punky tone' and in the neck there's a new PRS design; the Type D single-coil.

That Starla bridge humbucker can also be split for single-coil tones and the plate-style bridge is a new design for PRS, who recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

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The 22-fret Vela will ship with the following finish options; Antique White, Black, McCarty Tobacco, Seafoam Green, Sienna, Vintage Cherry and Vintage Mahogany.

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Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.