The new models are crafted by the Private Stock team and personally spec’d by Paul Reed Smith himself.
The guitars boast a selection of wide-curl maple tops set aside by Smith, who also selected all of the other woods, assisted on the neck shapes, spec’d the pickups and played and adjusted each guitar until it was “right.”
Features include dark Peruvian mahogany necks, Honduran rosewood fretboards and headstock veneers, solid red abalone birds with mother of pearl outlines, bone nuts, vintage-style tuning pegs and aluminum stoptail bridges with brass inserts and brass studs.
Pickups are a pair of PRS TCI humbuckers, while the guitar is finished in Electric Tiger Glow, with a paper-thin vintage-formula nitrocellulose designed to crack over time.
“We believe guitar making is an ongoing process of discovery, and this Paul’s 85 guitar utilizes all of the parts, processes, and workmanship I have spent my career (to date) seeking, testing, refining, and teaching our craftsmen,” Smith said.
“My hope is that these benchmark instruments are something remarkable for our company and the industry. There is no better way to close out our 35th Anniversary than with these extraordinary, hopefully magic, guitars.”
These magic guitars, which are being produced in a limited run of, yes, 85, are currently being offered for $13,000. For more information head to PRS.