The story of PRS's short-lived Classic Electric

PRS Classic Electric
(Image credit: Future / Neil Godwin)

It was 1988 and PRS had been in business for barely three years, gaining a reputation for a return to a high-quality and quite classic style in a market that still seemed obsessed with Floyd Rose locking vibratos. Its instruments had also been labelled as expensive. 

Known for the time-honoured Gibson formula of mahogany and curly maple with glued-in necks, PRS launched the Classic Electric in ’88 with the aim of both a more affordable bolt-on electric guitar and one that was advertised as “Maple and Alder: bolt-on traditional feel with a sound of its own.” 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.