If you’ve reveled in the great feel of a worn-in old Strat, you’ll
dig where the DC3 is coming from. Though its offset doublecutaway
shape is a break with standard PRS designs, the DC3
has both the familiar excellent playing feel and the sense of
being very in-tune as you move around on the bolt-on neck.
Beautifully finished in all areas, the DC3 is an easy guitar to
get accustomed to. The inviting neck with its rolled over fretboard
edges (and scale that’s 1/4" shorter than a Strat’s) is
inspiring to play. For a cool visual touch, the black fretboard
dots are ringed with a white inlay.
The PRS trem is adjusted to float, and its action is butter
smooth. It also stays in tune very well once the strings are
stretched. For the DC3 and the NF3, the saddles and other
components are made of steel, which improves sustain and
contributes to a brighter and more resonant sound.
Sonically, the DC3 takes full advantage of its trio of single-coils. You get the clucky in-between tones
in switch positions 2 and 4, and the neck
setting has a deep, round voice that sounds
great played clean or with a little amp grind.
There’s a warm twanginess to the middle
pickup, which is cool for blues and R&B
rhythm playing, and the bridge setting delivers
a gutsy lead tone when pushing a
gained-up channel. For browner overdrive
textures, a little downward twist of the Tone
control answers the call.
There’s much to like about this singlecoil
guitar that doesn’t leave humbucker
players going, “where’s the beef?” While the
DC3 is the closest alternative to a Strat that
PRS has made to date, it also has the inherent
warmth, tunefulness, and playability that
will endear it to a wide variety of players
who have always appreciated the attributes
of classic PRS humbucker guitars.