Roundup Prestige Classic Heritage Standard and Musician Pro

RIGHT NOW (MEANING FEBRUARY 2010), all eyes are on Vancouver because of the Winter Olympics, but if you’re into cool solidbodies and semi-hollows—instead of luges, skates, and skis—then the real thrill ride in this city is at Prestige Guitars. We first brought Prestige to the attention of the GP community last year, when the company’s Musician model scored highly in our semi-hollowbody Fight Club. Since then, Prestige introduced the Musician Pro, so we wanted to check out the new model, as well as evaluate a couple of the solidbodies. The guitars are manufactured in Korea from woods cut in Vancouver, and then the Vancouver shop takes on the wiring, final assembly, and setup.
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RIGHT NOW (MEANING FEBRUARY 2010), all eyes are on Vancouver because of the Winter Olympics, but if you’re into cool solidbodies and semi-hollows—instead of luges, skates, and skis—then the real thrill ride in this city is at Prestige Guitars. We first brought Prestige to the attention of the GP community last year, when the company’s Musician model scored highly in our semi-hollowbody Fight Club. Since then, Prestige introduced the Musician Pro, so we wanted to check out the new model, as well as evaluate a couple of the solidbodies. The guitars are manufactured in Korea from woods cut in Vancouver, and then the Vancouver shop takes on the wiring, final assembly, and setup.

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I was able to test the Musician Pro at a couple of gigs, but the Heritage Standard and Classic were put through their paces at rehearsals. Every model was plugged into the same reference amps:an Orange Tiny Terror and Mesa/Boogie 1x12 cabinet, a Blackstar Series One 45 2x12 combo, a Fender Blues DeVille 2x12 combo, and a Mesa/Boogie Stiletto and Marshall 4x12 cabinet.

SPECIFICATIONS

CONTACT Prestige Guitars, info@prestigeguitars.com; prestigeguitars.com

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CLASSIC

PRICE $1,250 retail/ $800 street

NUT WIDTH 1 11/16"

NECK Mahogany

FRETBOARD Rosewood

FRETS 22 medium-jumbo

BODY Carved mahogany with AAA flame-maple top

PICKUPS Seymour Duncan SH1-59 (neck) and SH4-JB (bridge) humbuckers

CONTROLS Two Volume, two Tone, 3-way switch

BRIDGE Tune-o-matic style

TUNERS Grover

FACTORY STRINGS D’ Addario

WEIGHT 7.64 Lbs

KUDOS Great sounds. Excellent workmanship. A joy to play.

CONCERNS Slight setup issues. Nut edges are sharp.*

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HERITAGE STANDARD

PRICE $1,450 retail/ $950 street

NUT WIDTH 1 11/16"

NECK Mahogany

FRETBOARD Rosewood

FRETS 22 medium-jumbo

BODY Mahogany with carved AAA quilted-maple top

PICKUPS Seymour Duncan SH1-59 (neck) and SH4-JB (bridge) humbuckers

CONTROLS Two Volume, two Tone, 3-way switch

BRIDGE Tune-o-matic style

TUNERS Grover

FACTORY STRINGS D’ D’Addario

WEIGHT 8.5 lbs

KUDOS Great sounds. Excellent workmanship. A joy to play.

CONCERNS Slight setup issues. Nut edges are sharp.* Heavy.

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MUSICIAN PRO

PRICE $1,640 retail/ $1,100 street

NUT WIDTH 1 11/16"

NECK Mahogany

FRETBOARD Rosewood

FRETS 20 medium-jumbo

BODY Arched maple

PICKUPS Seymour Duncan SH1-59 (neck) and SH4-JB (bridge) humbuckers

CONTROLS Two Volume, two Tone, 3-way switch

BRIDGE Tune-o-matic style w/Bigsby B70 vibrato

TUNERS Grover

FACTORY STRINGS D’ D’Addario

WEIGHT 8.3 lbs

KUDOS Great sounds. Excellent workmanship. A joy to play.

CONCERNS Slight setup issues. Nut edges are sharp.*

* Manufacturer’s Note: Since December 2009, all Prestiges are equipped with rounded Graph Tech TUSQ XL nuts

Prestige Classic
Prestige Heritage Standard
Prestige Musician Pro

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