Paul Reed Smith's guitars are all works of luthier art and his Private Stock models are the best of the best. Each guitar is typically and one-of-a-kind playable showpiece. This incredible Custom 22, built expressly for the 2013 PRS Experience Event, is a perfect example.
This guitar uses a combination of ultra-high grade tonewoods not typically seen in PRS guitars. The neck is made of Curly Maple and the body is made of Swamp Ash, topped with Private Stock-grade Curly Maple. Other significant specs for this incredible piece include: a Wide Fat neck carve; 14-karat gold inlays; 59/09 humbuckers; and a total weight of just 7.4 pounds.
The visual beauty of this instrument is striking, but more important is how well it plays and sounds. This guitar has a bit more clarity of tone than is typical for a PRS, no doubt due to it's Maple neck and Ash body combination. The tone can still be humbucker thick when needed, but you can coax a bit more high-end sizzle and sustain from this particular PRS guitar. As you would expect from a guitar of this caliber, the setup and playability are flawless and it seemingly plays itself.
Cosmetically, the only flaws of any significance on this guitar are a few strum marks on the gold covers of the marvelous 59/09 pickups. Otherwise, this guitar is in superb condition. Unfortunately, the original build certificate signed by Paul Reed Smith and Private Stock manager Paul Miles is absent, but I have included an email from PRS Customer Services which confirms the vital details and the authenticity of this instrument. Further, I have priced the guitar quite competitively to reflect this omission.
This amazing instrument comes in it's similarly mint Private Stock leather case with the gold trem arm, tools and all the other accessories. This replacement cost for a similar guitar would likely exceed $10K, but you can make this lightly played one-off yours for thousands less. Just a gorgeous and supremely playable work of guitar art!
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