The making of the PRS SE Silver Sky: how Paul Reed Smith and John Mayer created the best SE model yet

PRS SE Silver Sky
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The Silver Sky is a phenomenon. From its launch four years ago – the guitar that ‘broke’ the internet – John Mayer’s model has been in constant demand, something that surprised PRS’s chief operating officer, Jack Higginbotham.

“From my perspective, if you go back to the beginning of the concept and before we had prototypes and things, I was looking at what the pricing was going to be and the actual demand has been, like, 20-fold more than what I was originally thinking,” he tells us. 

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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.