PRS Guitars Debuts the Starla Stoptail and 59/09 Pickups

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 25, 2009 at 11:49 AM

PRS Starla Stoptail(STEVENSVILLE, MD) June 25, 2009 – The all new Starla Stoptail has the same retro-inspired vibe as its predecessor with one noticeable difference: it features a two-piece, adjustable stoptail bridge that dramatically alters the look and feel of the original Bigsby fitted Starla model while bringing out more of a mid-range woodiness in the tone. Exclusive double-screw Starla Treble and Bass Pickups are currently standard on all models in the Starla series and offer a bright high-end bark that allows these guitars to cut through the mix.
The Starla Stoptail's solid mahogany body is accented with a 24-½" scale rosewood fingerboard, a solid mahogany neck and dot inlays or optional bird inlays. Proprietary Alnico magnets incorporated into the pickup design contribute to the guitar's unique clean and crisp sound but are also capable of rich harmonic overtones when driven.
Other features include a uniquely shaped black plastic pick guard, tone and volume pots and a three-way pickup selector. Color options include Vintage Cherry, Vintage Mahogany, Vintage Orange and Black as well as the new metallic colors including Gold Sparkle, Silver Sparkle and the new metallic Hot Hues colors Twilight, Catalina Dream, and Sinful Cinnamon. Starla Stoptail models are currently shipping to authorized PRS dealers around the world.
"The Starla is inspiring to customers and to PRS employees. We wanted to open the door to players who might shy away from the tremolo version," said PRS Sales Manager Rick Hodgson.
The Starla model featuring the Bigsby tremolo bridge was originally unveiled as part of the Experience PRS 2008 open house event. Similar in spirit to the double cutaway Mira model introduced at Experience PRS 2007, the single cutaway Starla and Starla Stoptail have many vintage themed appointments.
59/09 Pickup

The PRS 59/09 is the newest addition to Paul Reed Smith Guitars' 1957/2008 Series line of pickups.  Slightly darker and more powerful in the bridge with a touch more clarity and brightness in the neck, the 59/09 provides a tonal alternative to the industry revered original 1957/2008 pickups, known for their articulate clarity and rich harmonic overtones.

1957/2008 Series pickups utilize PRS exclusive wire and incorporate proprietary winding and magnet innovations to produce iconic sounds but with unique tonality.
"Guitarists are delighted by the classic sounds of the original 1957/2008. In the new 59/09 we wanted to provide the same vibe but with additional output for those players wanting to drive the amp's front end a little earlier, while providing a wider spread of tone between the neck and bridge pickup," said Paul Smith.
The new 59/09's feature PRS exclusive wire produced on the original machine used to make the classic '50s era pickups. 59/09 pickups will be available on select PRS models shipping in July to authorized PRS dealers.
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