PRS Guitars Modern Eagle II
Paul Reed Smith Guitars’ Modern Eagle II officially debuts at Winter NAMM 2009 after making its initial appearance during Experience PRS 2008. The newly updated Modern Eagle II builds on the tradition of the original Modern Eagle with premium grade wood, classic Modern Eagle frets and a Modern Eagle wide fat neck carve and adds to that an all new exclusive pickup system, updated finishing techniques, new colours and a Modern Eagle case.
The 1957/2008 pickups offered standard on the Modern Eagle II allow players to achieve both vintage and modern sounds. PRS obtained exclusive rights to the original pickup wire used in the most revered pickups in the 50’s. PRS obtained an exclusive to the wire in 2008, and 1957 was the year the humbucker was first commercially available, giving rise to the 1957/2008 name. “We’ve found a new kind of black rosewood that we’re using for the necks and fretboards,” said Paul. “We’ve come up with a way of finishing the neck and fingerboard where it goes down into the grain, and you actually buff out the wood.” This buffed out neck finish is achieved using a finishing process developed by PRS and only available currently on the Modern Eagle II.
Curly Modern Eagle grade maple tops with premium mahogany backs and select Dalbergia wide fat necks are standard on all Modern Eagle II guitars. Other features include 22 frets, 25” scale length, custom Modern Eagle II birds with select green abalone bird outlines and iridescent paua heart filled centers, tremolo or stoptail bridge and a special paisley case with a maroon crushed velvet interior. The high gloss nitro finish is available in four special high-contrast colors: Faded Blue Jean, Charcoal, Red Tiger, Yellow Tiger.
PRS Guitars New Classic The Starla
The Starla, still a newbie in a line of retro inspired solid-body electrics from Paul Reed Smith Guitars, will be on display for the first time in PRS Guitars NAMM booth. Unofficially unveiled as part of the Experience PRS 2008 open house event, the guitar is similar in spirit to the double cutaway Mira model introduced at Experience PRS 2007. The single cutaway Starla has many vintage themed appointments and is PRS Guitars’ first solid-body electric guitar featuring a standard Bigsby B5 tailpiece and a Grover bridge. The guitar also includes exclusive double-screw Starla Treble and Bass pickups
The solid mahogany Starla body is accented with a 24 ½” scale rosewood fingerboard, a solid mahogany neck and dot inlays or optional bird inlays. Proprietary Alnico magnets incorporated into the pickup design contribute to the guitar’s unique clean and crisp sound, but are also capable of rich harmonic overtones when driven. Other features include a uniquely shaped black plastic pick guard, tone and volume pots and a three-way pickup selector. Colour options include Vintage Cherry, Vintage Mahogany, Vintage Orange and Black.
Hailed in a recent Vintage Guitar review as “simply badass,” Starla models have made their way onto retail shelves and into guitar players’ hands all over the world.,
PRS Guitars Al Di Meola Signature Model The Prism
The Al Di Meola Prism, world renowned Jazz guitarist Al Di Meola’s first signature model PRS guitar, will appear for the first time at NAMM 2009. The model, which unofficially debuted during Experience PRS 2008, features a stained top with a full spectrum of colours unlike any finish PRS has ever offered. The Prism prototype was completed just in time for Al to play the new model on stage alongside legendary jazz band mates Chick Corea, Lenny White and Stanley Clark during the Return to Forever world tour in 2008.
The Al Di Meola Prism features a highly figured curly maple custom top with mahogany back, 25” scale length, 22 fret Mexican rosewood fingerboard, custom Al Di Meola neck carve, grommet style locking tuners, standard abalone bird inlays, the new 1957/2008 pickups and a tremolo bridge.
When discussions about this new signature model began, Al and Paul Reed Smith were both adamant that the guitar maintained the highest quality and tonal integrity. Al also suggested a tie-dye like finish for the guitar to give it a truly unique look. Paul Smith and the PRS R&D team combined Al’s favourite guitar appointments and a full spectrum of colours to create a one of a kind PRS Guitar.
Al Di Meola was one of the very first artists featured on a magazine cover playing a PRS guitar and has supported PRS Guitars for more than 20 years. Not only is the Al Di Meola Prism one of the most striking guitars PRS has ever developed, it pays tribute to a legendary musician who helped lay the frame work for PRS Guitars as a company.
The Prism features a curly maple custom “9” top with mahogany back, 25” scale length, 22 fret Mexican rosewood fingerboard, custom Al Di Meola neck carve, grommet style locking tuners, standard abalone bird inlays and a tremolo bridge.
When discussions about this new signature model began, Al and Paul Reed Smith were both adamant that the guitar maintained the highest quality and tonal integrity. Al also suggested a tie-dye like finish for the guitar, to give it a truly unique look. Paul Smith and the PRS R&D team combined Al’s favourite guitar appointments and a full spectrum of colours to create a one of a kind PRS Guitar
The Paul Reed Smith guitar range is now available from Digital Village online, in-store or via telephone mail-order. Contact any DV store for PRS Modern Eagle II , The Starla and the Al Di Meola Signature Model The Prism.