As you may expect from Mayer’s longstanding love for Strats and frequent Instagram posts on the model, the Silver Sky is based on 1963 and ’64 Strats - no surprises there.
The guitar was apparently two-and-a-half years in the making, and specs include an alder body and maple neck with 7.25” radius and 635JM neck shape, plus a rosewood fingerboard with small PRS bird inlays.
A trio of 635JM single coils are wired to a single volume control, two tone knobs and a five-way blade pickup selector, while the PRS steel vibrato unit and body-mounted output jack are visually faithful to Fender’s originals, but offer Mr Smith’s precision engineering, including Gen-III knife-edge screws for the trem.
Other unique touches include a reverse PRS headstock shape complete with vintage-style tuners, plus the lack of a rear cavity cover, leaving the vibrato springs exposed. A bone nut is also listed on the spec.
“It’s been a dream of mine for years to design a guitar that includes some of my favourite vintage specifications but with a modern spirit and aesthetic,” says John Mayer.
“After two years of study and refinement, the Silver Sky is my vision of what a reboot of the electric guitar should look and feel like.”
Four finishes are available - Tungsten (which Mr Mayer is holding above), plus Frost, Onyx and Horizon, with distinctive accents on the trademark PRS lower horn scoop.
The price tag is £2,549, which is considerably less than Mayer’s previous two efforts with PRS, the Super Eagle II and J-MOD 100, and a far cry from his $15k Martin signature acoustic, which was unveiled earlier this year.
Flush Mayer fans will be keen to be among the first 500 purchasers, as the initial batch of guitars includes a commemorative hardshell case. After that, the model will ship in a newly designed, premium gigbag.
Head over to PRS Guitars for more info.