PRS has a long history of attention-grabbing and luxurious Private Stock guitars, but with its latest Private Stock model, the "Snarling Tiger," the company has truly outdone itself.
This custom McCarty 594 model features a one-piece curly maple top and a figured mahogany back, plus a curly maple neck and fingerboard with ebony binding and mother of pearl bird inlays and side dots.
The guitar's curly maple headstock features ebony binding, while the model is also anointed with PRS Phase III set-screw locking tuning pegs with curly maple buttons, a gold/nickel PRS two-piece stop-tail bridge, a bone nut, figured mahogany backplates and a curly maple truss rod cover.
Sonically, the guitar snarls with PRS 58/15 LY humbuckers. These are controlled by two volume and two push/pull tone controls, plus a three-way toggle.
Of course though, the elephant (or, tiger) in the room is that top, which was hand-carved by veteran wood carver Floyd Scholz. According to Scholz, the tiger was carved out of "very hard maple," with alternating, contrasting grain patterns making the carving "a challenging process."
The PRS “Snarling Tiger” Private Stock guitar is available now - in a Satin Nitro Antique Natural Smoked Burst finish - for an even $21,990.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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