The entire concept of the tier named "Special" in Gibson/Epiphone and similar traditions is that it`s awarded to a model which is made to be affordable, but still retains a portion of upscale elegance and decorations. It`s a very smart concept, as not many players can buy super expensive guitars, and have to settle with something more affordable. With Special models, Gibson and similar brands have devised a way to give a bit of glamour to regular players. PRS Solid Body Special has a double-cut mahogany body with a carved flame maple top. Non-locking tremolo bridge has string through construction and it`s fronted by a set of two humbuckers and one single coil between them. Set in mahogany neck is topped with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard.
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I walked into a guitar store planning on finally buying that Les Paul '68 Custom reissue I always wanted but the LPs on display were banged up. I wanted an axe to be perfect if I wasn't going to buy used on eBay. Out of boredom, I thought I would give that cool looking PRS a try. The difference between that PRS and the average Gibson were amazing. The tone knob is passive but with a great -- and useful-- range. Dial it down and use the neck hum if you want to play power chords. But in general the humbuckers are more sparkly than crunchy. The single coil is quacky, but because I have EMGs on my Strat, I found it to be noisy. That to me is the only downside of the guitar at all, but EMG singles are virtually noiseless so it may be unfair of me. The single is close to the strings, so it may foul up your picking, depending on your style. The selling points are feel, looks, feel, flexibility, feel, sound. Have I mentioned that the guitar feels amazing? The A Ten top in Santana Yellow is amazing. I couldn't find any flaws anywhere. The poly finish is more consistent than nitro (I prefer lacquer to polyester because of this). Workmanship and setup were also flawless. No worries about using this without a backup. It's expensive (I paid $2850 new...yes, the people at Guitar Center will dig deep into a price if you do it nicely) but I was looking for a holy-moley sort of guitar. So gorgeous. I had to give the store employee extra time playing the guitar before he would part with it but that must be worth karma points.
Paul Reed Smith Special 4.37 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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