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PRS | 2023 New Releases
Paul Reed Smith is kicking the new year off with a slew of new models for 2023! Shop some of the smoothest six-strings across the PRS Guitars' lineup—from Core to S2 to SE series—in addition to the new Sonzera 20-watt combo amplifier, available now at CME!
First introduced in 2004, the Modern Eagle has long represented the pinnacle of PRS' Core manufacturing capabilities; however, it was only offered via limited runs until now. Now, the PRS Modern Eagle V continues in that tradition as an official member of PRS' Core lineup. Featuring an innovative pickup and electronics system, which offers a vast array of highly usable, musical tones in one guitar, the Modern Eagle V uses a hum/single/hum (five-coil) pickup layout and features a 5-way blade switch that selects the pickups in intuitive groupings: bridge, bridge and middle, middle, middle and neck, and neck.
The Modern Eagle V comes equipped with a single volume and a push/pull tone control that activates both humbuckers when engaged, allowing players to access all three pickups simultaneously, plus mini-toggles that let players separate the pickup coils, turning the humbuckers into true single coils. This electronics design provides a huge set of classic tones and cutting-edge sonic innovations.
“Modern Eagle models have always been built to stand up to history while celebrating tonewoods and the discovery of new tones. The Modern Eagle V is a sophisticated instrument not only in its craftsmanship but in its electronic and mechanical design,” said Paul Reed Smith. “We’ve refined the pickup tones and are pleased to now add it to the Core lineup.”
Begun in 2013 to offer the fit, feel, and attention to detail of PRS craftsmanship, the S2 Series—meaning "Stevensville 2"—was named for a second manufacturing line that was created inside the PRS Stevensville, Maryland shop, designed to blend new manufacturing techniques with practiced quality control and workmanship at a new price point for PRS Guitars. Over the past decade, the S2 series has grown from three to more than a dozen models and has become a powerful part of PRS Guitars' offering.
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the S2 Series, PRS has added two celebratory models: the 10th Anniversary S2 Custom 24 and McCarty 594 Limited Edition guitars. These special models will retain the guitar's standard specs and add a Cuban mahogany neck, mother-of-pearl bird inlays, and—most notably—USA-made PRS 85/15 and 58/15 LT pickups, respectively. These pickups have been fine-tuned using the PRS TCI process for rich, clear, and balanced tone. Only 2,000 total 10th Anniversary instruments will be made—1,000 of each model.
PRS is introducing four new McCarty-family models in the SE Series: the PRS SE McCarty 594, SE McCarty 594 Singlecut, SE McCarty 594 Singlecut Standard, and the SE DGT! It's no accident that these models are all coming to the SE series a the same time: the original McCarty design, released in 1994, was highly influenced by Grissom and was designed to infuse vintage specs in a reliable, modern guitar. When Grissom's signature DGT model was released in 2007 with the addition of a tremolo bridge, tweaked pickups, and a refined neck shape to the McCarty platform, creating a guitar that rivals Grissom's personal vintage favorites.
“I didn’t just rubber stamp this. This guitar is something I have been very involved in and am really proud of. The SE Series is lightyears ahead of anything I could get my hands on when I started playing—it’s amazing how far the quality has come—and I am proud to be able to offer this guitar to more people.” — David Grissom
Named for the Portuguese word meaning “a cool and/or stunning sound,” in the musical sense, the Sonzera 20 is a moderately powered 20-watt combo amplifier with two independently controlled, footswitchable channels for maximum versatility! Returning to the lineup after a brief reprieve, the Sonzera offers mid-1960s American-style tone with a gain channel that can be set as a boosted clean channel or with heavy distortion, plus a spring reverb and built-in effects loop allowing players to easily expand their tonal palette.
“I am very happy to re-release the new Sonzera 20 combo with improved construction techniques, refined voicing, and fresh cosmetics,” said PRS Amp Designer, Doug Sewell. “Their design inspiration draws from the purity and tonal beauty of vintage American reverb amps of the 60s. The two-channel design is currently unique to the PRS lineup in that the Gain channel is simply the Clean channel with additional gain stages and its own tone stack inserted for discreet lead voicing control. The 12 to 35-watt classic American reverb amps were very inspirational to me as a beginning amp designer in Texas. I consider the Sonzera amps an homage to those early days, and it was especially satisfying and nostalgic to be a part of their development and production.”
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Paul Reed Smith is kicking the new year off with a slew of new models for 2023! Shop some of the smoothest six-strings across the PRS Guitars' lineup—from Core to S2 to SE series—in addition to the new Sonzera 20-watt combo amplifier, available now at Chicago Music Exchange!Read more