PRS Guitars Announces Truckload of New Toys
Posted by Michael Mueller on September 29, 2009 at 6:18 PM
Following the company's annual Experience PRS weekend, which was held at their headquarters in Stevensville, Maryland, September 25-26, PRS Guitars has announced a glut of new products and limited-run models.
First up is a 25th Anniversary Dragon model that features a new complex dragon fretboard exotic multi-material inlay and a green ripple abalone Modern Eagle headstock with a black composite shadow veneer, as well as a carved curly flame maple Private Stock top and African striped mahogany back wood. Limited quantities will be available in late 2009 with the remainder being completed in 2010.
The other big anniversary release is a limited run of 25th Anniversary PRS acoustics. Only 30 will be available in the U.S., with another 20 going overseas. Domestic models will include AAAA spruce tops, Madagascar spider web rosewood backs and sides, Brazilian fingerboard and bridge, 25th anniversary bird spanning the space between the 11th and 13th frets, mammoth ivory, rare curly mahogany neck, and a proprietary pickup system.
PRS is honoring its legendary mentor with the new limited production Ted McCarty SC245 (single-cut) and DC245 (double-cutaway) models. Made in the spirit of the original PRS Sunburst Series, the two models feature a short 24-1/2" scale, special bound fretboard, original PRS birds, Santana headstock shape with curly maple veneer and 1957/2008 pickups or optional Soapbar pickups.
In celebration of Carlos Santana's long history with PRS Guitars, a limited run of Abraxas SE models are now available. These guitars feature a whitewash finish with a graphic from Santana's 1970s-era Abraxas album and a peace sign at the 12th fret.
They are also debuting the Starla X, the newest model in the Mira/Starla series. The guitar has a single-cut, flat obeche body with arm carve, 22-fret sipo wide fat neck, rosewood fretboard, pearloid dot inlays, traditional 2-piece stoptail bridge, vintage style tuners, volume and tone control, and a 3-way blade switch. Mira X Treble and Bass pickups are standard with optional soapbar pickups. Available colors include Vintage Cherry, Black and Sepia Burst as well as new colors such as Cardinal Red, Grandma Hannon Pink, Lime Green, Orange Zest, and Powder Blue.
Finally, PRS is also touting a new amp. The PRS 30 is the first 30-watt cathode biased amp in a series of lower wattage amps that started with the Sweet 16 model earlier this year. The PRS 30 model features a quartet of EL84 tubes with a control layout similar to the Dallas model PRS amp. The amp will be available in head and combo versions. Other features include reverb and a special master volume that's dialed out of the circuit as the amp's volume is at max setting. PRS 30 amps will be available this winter at authorized PRS Signature Dealers and PRS Amp dealers nationwide.