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NAMM 2011: PRS Guitars Updates Electronics, Hardware and More

NAMM 2011: PRS Guitars Updates Electronics, Hardware and More
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Leading high end guitar maker PRS introduces 53/10 pickups, phase III tuners, V12 finish and an adjustable bridge.

After 25 years of produce world leading guitars, PRS have introduced changes to improve the appearance, playability and tone of PRS instruments.

The amount of time and energy PRS has invested reviewing, enhancing and implementing high impact changes in their quest for tone is unprecedented, even by PRS standards.

PRS's desire to give musicians the highest quality instrument to create their art has been the focus of each of these changes whether they be obvious or very subtle.

"We learn, we update, we learn, we update...that's the whole jist of the company."

"Everything we've learned is being applied to our model designs as fast as we can implement the changes without compromising the quality of production," said Paul Reed Smith.

The 53/10 pickup is the latest in the series of humbucking pickups that already includes PRS 57/08 and 59/09's (and the smaller aperture 57/08 Narrowfield).

First debuting as part of a limited run in the summer of 2010, the distinct 53/10 is the warmest-sounding of the vintage themed family.

The 53/10 coil wire is made on the same machine that supplied legendary guitar makers in the fifties.

Wire specifications for the 53/10 are slightly different than the others and the wire is made using a special process reserved for a single-coil bridge pickup circa 1953; however, the 53/10 is a humbucking pickup.

Smith commented, "There are single-coil guitars from that era that are beautifully big, fat sounding guitars."

With that tone as inspiration, 53/10 pickups are similar to the original 57/08 but with a "sweeter" high end.

PRS Guitars new Phase III tuners are also new to the line up for 2011 and will come standard on SC 58, McCarty 58, ME Quatro, and JA-15 models.

These very smooth high- tolerance pegs feature an elegant design with larger buttons, an open back, and closed housing.

The bridge plays a crucial role in the tone of a guitar by transferring the string's vibrations to the tonewood.

When executed well, the bridge will enhance the wood's natural resonance.

The PRS Tremolo with steel components offers a clear, expansive tone that sounds especially pleasing in guitars with singlecoil tones.

Previously only prototyped on Private Stock guitars, the new PRS two-piece adjustable bridge now comes standard on two PRS models: the SC 58 and the JA 15.

When executed well, the bridge will enhance the wood's natural resonance.

This two-piece bridge has added weight and mass, creating more contact points, which, in turn, create a more resonant, musical instrument.

Similarly, machining rather than casting, gives the brass and aluminum bridge a stronger sound.

"I am calling it the 'new two-piece adjustable sound transfer bridge' - I'm very happy," said Paul Reed Smith.

Previously only prototyped on Private Stock guitars, the new PRS two-piece adjustable bridge now comes standard on two PRS models: the SC 58 and the JA 15.

When executed well, the bridge will enhance the wood's natural resonance.

This two-piece bridge has added weight and mass, creating more contact points, which, in turn, create a more resonant, musical instrument.

Similarly, machining rather than casting, gives the brass and aluminum bridge a stronger sound.

"I am calling it the 'new two-piece adjustable sound transfer bridge' - I'm very happy," said Paul Reed Smith.

Posted on 12 Jan 2011 15:00 to category : Instruments News

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