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Known for his dynamic playing, which spans sensitive leads to thunderous funk rhythms, groove god and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri has partnered with PRS to create a tonally sophisticated signature electric guitar that aims to give guitarists free rein to develop their own voice.
The Fiore – Italian for "flower" – features a modern aesthetic courtesy of its handsome swamp ash body, maple neck and maple fretboard. The 25.5" scale-length guitar also accommodates a two-point steel tremolo and vintage-style locking tuners.
An important part of the design brief was the desire to build a dynamic, versatile guitar that gave guitarists a tonal canvas to explore.
Speaking of this desire, Lettieri said, "To facilitate this process, players need a vibrant guitar that becomes a free space in which their personalities can evolve – PRS and I designed the Fiore to be this guitar."
The Fiore comes equipped with all-new pickups – the Fiore-S and Fiore-H – which were carefully voiced by Lettieri to both capture his desired tone and provide enough flexibility to allow guitarists to explore their own tonalities.
The Fiore-S is described as an exceptionally malleable pickup that promises both delicate chimes and explosive high-gain sounds. The Fiore-H is said to be equally versatile, capable of providing Lettieri’s powerful, punchy lead tones while also offering a smooth top end.
The versatility of the pickups is complemented by the tone control layout, which consists of one volume control and two push/pull tone controls. The five-way blade switch also opens up a number of pickup pairing possibilities, further adding to the Fiore's tone-shaping abilities.
Several personal touches have also been added by Lettieri, including the custom color choices of Amaryllis, Sugar Moon and Black Iris, and a truss rod cover featuring a flower image designed by his own mother.
The PRS Fiore will be available in May 2021.
Visit PRS Guitars for more information.