PRS Stripped 58
The 2011 limited run PRS Stripped 58 model is now part of Paul Reed Smith core line up of solid-body electric guitars.
The Stripped 58 is a remake of the popular PRS SC 58 model, stripped down to its straightforward essentials.
PRS may have decided to get this guitar into its main production line probably because it won the Muikmeese International Press Award (MIPA) for Best Electric Guitar 2011/2012. The mass produced version will have the same vintage-inspired look, with its single-cutaway body and no-nonsense look that highlights the simple beauty of the wood. You can easily compare it to a Les Paul, albeit with distinctive PRS contours.
The guitar has a maple top paired with a mahogany back. It has PRS' V12 Finish which took 12 years of development - it is designed to help improve the look, sound and feel of the instrument. It accentuates the wood texture and beauty with minimal effect on its natural resonance. This finish is a very thin, clear and yet hard layer that will not crack or react to thinners. It is considered to be halfway between Nitro and Acrylic but with a distinctive look and feel of its own.
The guitar has a mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard. You have 22 frets to play with and the guitar has a shorter scale length of 24.5". Stripped 58 uses PRS' pattern neck shape, which is the updated and more comfortable version of the Wide Fat PRS neck style. This is Paul's pre-factory design, the same necks that were used for the guitars of Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton and Howard Leese from the late '70s to the mid '80s.
To get your sound amplified, the guitar comes equipped with 57/08 Treble and Bass pickups controlled by independent volume and tone knobs as well as a 3-way switch. The guitar also comes with PRS' Two-Piece Adjustable Bridge which has added weight and mass that results in more contact points between the wood and your strings. The headstock comes equipped with Phase III locking tuners.
Pricing information is still not available. For the complete specifications and further information, you can visit PRS Guitars.
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