PRS Studio review

It’s the second return to the PRS Core line for the Studio. So, what’s changed since it was last introduced 10 years ago?

PRS Studio
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

Guitars like the Studio can feel and sound like the best vintage guitar you have ever owned, referencing classic models in passing as it offers a full spectrum of stunning, hum-cancelling guitar tones. It's another home run for the PRS Core range.


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    Design, build, proprietary hardware and pickups all elevate this way above the standard.

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    Fully hum-cancelling performance.


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    It’s not cheap.

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    Minimal options aside from colour.

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    No lefties.

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    Not everyone gets the flame ’n’ birds aesthetic.

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There’s little doubt that Paul Reed Smith has got considerable mileage from a guitar he designed back in the early '80s. Having a quick tot-up of the flagship Core USA model range for 2021, there are 17 guitars, 14 of which use this shape, one earlier design (the Santana Retro) and two later Singlecuts. 

Surely, this reliance on one outline has to be unique in the history of the instrument, doesn’t it? This design polarity is often cited by those who don’t ‘get’ PRS: ‘They’re all the same!’ The thing is, they’re not. 

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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.