1997 Paul Reed Smith Artist III


  • Year: 1997
  • Manufacturer: Paul Reed Smith
  • Model: Artist III
  • Case: Original Hard
  • Color: Natural
  • Condition: Near Mint

ARTIST III: 1996 - 1997. Mahogany back with exceptional (artist grade) maple top, 22-fret wide-fat or wide-thin Mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard, paua bird inlays, paua purfling on neck, headstock, and truss rod cover, Artist Series pickups, 5-way rotary, volume, tone, gold PRS stoptail and locking tuners, certificate of authenticity, leather/hard-shell case, leather/hard-shell case. This is a wide FAT neck profile.
This Highly Collectible PRS Guitar guitar features a mahogany body with a gorgeous Natural Quilt maple top, a South American mahogany neck and Indian Rosewood fretboard, rare iridescent Paua shell, gold hardware, a PRS humbucking Artist Treble neck pickup and an Artist Treble Bass pickup. Not much playing wear is evident on this guitar. The original hardshell case has a small repair in the leather covering but otherwise the case is in excellent condition.

Paul Reed Smith Artist III models were only made for two years; in 1996 and '97, so these aren't seen often – especially monster quilts, and definitely not in Pristine condition. Mahogany body with Maple top and Natural finish

25" scale length
Mahogany neck with Paua headstock
Rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets and Paua binding and bird inlays
1 21/32" nut width
2 Artist Series humbuckers
Gold PRS stoptail
5-way rotary switch with Volume and Tone controls
Locking tuners
Original hardshell case & certificate included