To kickoff the 20th Anniversary of Private Stock, PRS Guitars has made a limited edition run of 40 instruments that are unique in many ways. Paul Reed Smith played a huge role in the overall design of these instruments, including Howard Leese’s ‘Golden Eagle’ model.
Like the Golden Eagle, these guitars have slightly modified body dimensions, with a 1/16” thinner top and 1/8” thicker back than the normal PRS “Custom” body design, for a warmer tone. Paul also specified a very precise 24.6” scale length neck and hand-selected all of the East Coast curly maple tops from what he felt were two of the best batches of maple in PRS’s history. The electronics are also unique, with a three pickup configuration consisting of two narrow 408 treble and bass pickups and a Narrowfield middle pickup. The 5-way blade switch and control placements also nod to the Golden Eagle’s original electronics layout.
“When I played the prototypes for this model, they reminded me very much of what I would be making if I was still in a two-person shop,” says Paul Reed Smith, PRS Guitars’ founder and Managing General Partner.
The first Private Stock was completed on April 19, 1996. The twenty year old program had started as a way to recapture the original essence of the PRS workshop with a small team making fewer guitars with more customization. With this mentality, Private Stock has allowed customers the opportunity to design the guitar of their dreams, and along the way Private Stock has also developed exclusive models and one-off instruments of their own design. In addition to customization opportunities, Private Stock instruments are built with the finest woods, materials, and attention to detail.
“There’s something magical about these guitars because they are simultaneously art, musical instruments, and treasured possessions to joyfully spend time with,” says Paul Reed Smith.
Full specifications include:
- Deep, wide-curl curly maple top
- African ribbon mahogany back
- 22 fret
- 24.6” scale length ‘Pattern’ mahogany neck
- Madagascar rosewood fingerboard and headstock veneer with curly maple binding and crushed abalone birds with mother of pearl outlines
- Madagascar rosewood with curly maple binding, crushed abalone Private Stock Eagle with mother of pearl outlines and mother of pearl “20th Anniversary” banner
- Madagascar rosewood truss rod cover
- Phase III locking tuners with gold anodized buttons
- Private Stock Gen 3 tremolo with locking saddles
- Hybrid hardware
Electronics feature narrow 408 treble and bass pickups with Narrowfield middle pickup, volume, tone, and 5-way blade pickup switch.
The Private Stock 20th Anniversary models are strung with 10-gauge PRS strings and come in a Private Stock case with black “Western” tolex and black lustre interior with an embroidered 20th Anniversary Private Stock logo.
For more info, visit PRS Guitars.