After their last year’s reintroduction of the Special Semi-Hollow Limited Edition within the Core line, PRS are now unveiling an ultra-limited-edition version by their Private Stock program. Bearing the same idea and design, it some with some notable high-end upgrades.
So aside from a 25-inch scale length, semi-hollow body, F-shaped soundhole, 22 frets, and the special “hum-Narrowfield-hum” triple-pickup configuration, the guitar comes with some additional tonewood options. All of these woods are straight from the Private Stock Vault and include a highly-figured maple top, a Black Limba back, a Black Limba neck, and ziricote fingerboard.
This also comes with white mother of pearl and paua inlays, gorgeous smoked black hardware, as well a high-gloss nitro Citrus Glow finish.
Paul Miles, the Director of PRS Private Stock, explains:
“What I love about running Limited Edition instruments in Private Stock is that it gives the team the opportunity to showcase our work on our own terms. We chose the Special Semi-Hollow model because the pickup and electronics configuration is extremely versatile, providing highly musical tones. The choice of Black Limba for the back and neck add to the tonal balance while the smoked black hardware against the Citrus Glow finish create a dramatic aesthetic contrast.”
The pickup configuration that Miles is talking about here is the aforementioned humbucker-Narrowfield-humbucker combo. The humbuckers here are the standard 58/15 ones, while the Narrowfield is another humbucker but with more of a single-coil twist.
Along with this, we have your regular 5-position switch and controls for master volume and master tone. However, things get pretty interesting with the additional coil-splitting switches.
There’s also a good old reliable PRS Gen III tremolo bridge on the guitar and a double-action truss rod.
The whole “ultra-limited-edition” thing means that there will only be 85 of these ever built. Check out what the guitar looks like below.