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NAMM 2013: PRS reintroduces several models back into its line-up

Jory Mackay
NAMM 2013: PRS reintroduces several  models back into its line-up

US guitar manufacturer, PRS, has brought  some of its classic models back into the fold including the Custom 22 and 24, SC245 and SE245 Soapbar.

First up, the classic workhorse PRS Custom 22 (pictured) and 24 have returned and are now both offered with the choice of 57/08 pickups or HFS treble and Vintage Bass pickups, wired for a redesigned five-way blade switch. The HFS treble and Vintage Bass pickup option represents the tone of the 90s and was used by the likes of Mark Tremonti of Creed, Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and Mike Einziger of Incubus. The 57/08 setup were introduced in 2008 and are designed to capture a vintage 50s humbucking tone.

The new pickup choices complement the guitars' standard features - maple top, mahogany back, mahogany or rosewood 25" scale length Pattern or Pattern Thin neck and rosewood fretboard.

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Next up, the SC245 is a vintage-inspired singlecut guitar featuring a 24.5" scale length offering a loose, laid-back feel complemented by the guitar's tight low end and snappy attack. The guitar comes with a PRS 57/08 pickup configuration, delivering vintage humbucking tone. The electronics layout of two volume and tone controls, and a three-way toggle switch on the upper bout, the SC245 is comfortable for players who grew up using short-scale guitars.

Additional specifications include a carved maple top, mahogany back, mahogany 'Pattern' neck and rosewood fretboard. The PRS two-piece bridge made of aluminum and brass has added weight and mass, creating more contact points, which enhances the natural tone of the woods.

Lastly, the SE 245 Soapbar brings single-coil sound back to PRS's 2013 SE lineup. The SE Soapbar pickups provide additional midrange growl and tight bass response not normally associated with traditional single coils. The combination of these 'hot' pickups with a traditional electronics layout of three-way toggle switch and individual volume and tone controls for each pickup, provides versatility and sonic control.

For more informaion on the PRS models, visit their website here.


Tags: prs , electric guitars , NAMM 2013 , PRS Custom 22 , PRS Custom 24 , PRS SC245 , PRS SE 245

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