PRS once made a prototype thinline model for Eric Johnson – and it’s one of the strangest 'what if?' guitar designs you’ll see

Eric Johnson's PRS prototype
(Image credit: Strat54/The Fretboard)

PRS has given serious attention to the Stratocaster market in recent years, having teamed up with John Mayer for the Silver Sky signature guitar – and, later, Mark Lettieri for the Fiore – which brought the iconic double-cut body shape to the Maryland brand’s catalog.

Before the birth of Mayer’s Silver Sky, though, PRS were courting another high-profile Strat player, and even went so far as to produce a unique, one-of-a-kind prototype model that might just be one of the strangest ‘what if?’ guitar designs you’ll see.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.