“John had to send a text with a photo of a piece of paper, where he scribbled, ‘Yes, it’s me!’” Before the Silver Sky was built, John Mayer cold-called PRS to discuss working on a guitar together – but the phone operator hung up on him

John Mayer performs onstage at The O2 Arena on October 13, 2019 in London, England
(Image credit: Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

The PRS Silver Sky is one of the most notable and popular electric guitar models of its generation – but despite its monumental success, it turns out the Stratocaster-style build got off to a rocky start.

According to session pro Tim Pierce – a long-time friend of Paul Reed Smith – PRS hung up on John Mayer when he first called about working together on a signature guitar.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.