Nearly four years of design and prototyping with acoustic artist Ricky Skaggs and luthier Steve Fischer have culminated in the Angelus Cutaway and the Tonare Grand models, which are appearing officially for the first time at Winter NAMM. Full production will commence in early 2009.
Newly designed with direct input from distinguished artists, PRS acoustic models come standard with features that are typically considered upgrades within the industry — German spruce tops, beautiful dark rosewood or curly mahogany backs and sides, rare Peruvian mahogany necks, red spruce and mahogany bracing, exotic inlays and rosettes, and thin shatter-hard all nitro finishes. Options include Celtic knot rosettes and inlays, Adirondack red spruce tops, and ebony fretboards and bridges. These instruments incorporate a proprietary hybrid bracing pattern designed to maximize volume, provide a musical balance between the bass, mid-range and warm high-end and give an articulate tonal response. Also uniquely PRS is a super high strength, high modulus graphite truss rod that enhances sonic vibration and an optional proprietary pickup system producing a natural acoustic sound that rivals vintage condenser microphones. "After years of development, we have created a guitar with a truly unique voice. It is an honor to have these guitars so well-received by such gifted musicians," said Steve Fischer, Senior Acoustic Guitar Luthier.
Endorser Tony McManus, nominated as "Musician of the Year" by the BBC Folk Awards and the Scottish Traditional Music Awards, will be demonstrating these remarkable instruments in a live setting that simulates a studio environment where recorded tones can be experienced. Tony McManus has also been called "the finest guitarist Scotland has ever produced" by the BBC.
PRS Acoustic product line supporters also include Cody Kilby, lead guitarist for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder and dubbed by Guitar Player magazine as having "outrageous solos that push the envelope of acoustic lead guitar" and Martin Simpson, renowned English guitarist and winner of the 2008 BBC Radio 2 Folks Awards "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year."
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