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shown in Smoked Orange

Made in Maryland

Hollowbody II

With brilliant acoustics and a vast array of tones, the Hollowbody II has been a constant favorite in our dynamic lineup of semi-hollow instruments. The combination of the maple top and back with mahogany sides provides tonal clarity and extraordinary resonance.

The Hollowbody II features a V12 finish, a Pattern neck and 57/08 pickups. The PRS/LR Baggs Piezo System comes standard, allowing you to plug into your PA or recording console and your amp at the same time.

You are viewing a 2012 model. This model may still be available at Authorized PRS Dealers. For our current offerings, please visit www.prsguitars.com/products.

Now Available with PRS Artist Package

The PRS Artist Package is an exclusive platform for PRS core electric guitars that offers expanded features, options, and colors on select models. The guitars built through this program are the most distinctive instruments available from the PRS Core production line. Available for the first time since 2008, the PRS Artist Package has been updated with exceptional tone woods, including an artist grade (flame or quilt) maple top, select mahogany back, premium Mexican ebony fingerboard, ebony headstock veneer with inlaid signature, and ebony truss rod cover. This is the first time outside of the Private Stock program that PRS is offering Mexican ebony, a wood which, once oiled, turns a beautiful, deep chocolate brown. New artist bird inlays (green abalone with green ripple outlines on Mexican ebony and ebony fretboards / green abalone with black lip mother of pearl outlines on maple fretboards), V12 finish, and an artist case are also included.

The Artist Package is available on the following models: Custom 24, Studio, P22 (no pickup substitution), 513 Maple Top (no pickup substitution), SC 58, McCarty 58, Hollowbody II (Quilt top and back optional), Singlecut Hollowbody II (Quilt top and back optional), and the Custom 22 (the Custom 22 model is available through the Artist Package program only).

For a complete list of options, download the 2012 Artist Package Price List PDF

Features

V12 Finish

Finish should enhance the look, sound, and feel of a guitar by accentuating the wood’s inherent beauty and feel without hindering its natural resonance. And PRS Guitars’ new “V12” finish does just that. Introduced at Experience PRS 2010, “V12” is a very thin, hard, and clear finish that will not crack or react with thinners. After roughly 12 years in development, it is halfway between acrylic and nitro but with a classic feel all its own. “PRS models with this new finish feel like old instruments,” said Paul Reed Smith.

Pattern Neck Shape

Neck shapes have always been a high priority for us and a hallmark of our quality. A guitar should feel comfortable, like “home,” as soon as you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. Perfected after years of prototyping, the new “Pattern” neck is an updated Wide Fat PRS neck style based on Paul’s pre-factory design. These necks were found on the instruments built for Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton and Howard Leese from the late 70’s to the mid 80’s.

Whether in woodworking, machining, or cast and die work, pattern making is the art of arriving at a perfect standard which can be duplicated or used to create new designs from by “offsetting.” All of our necks came to be as a result of offsetting from this original, Wide Fat design.

Videos

Paul Reed Smith introduces the 2011 Hollowbody II.

Mike Scott (Justin Timberlake/Prince) and Emil Werstler (DAATH) demo the Hollowbody at the PRS factory.

Reviews

review thumbnail American Songwriter - February 2008 "Want sustain and tone that just keeps going....and going....and going, long enought to make Nigel forget what he started? Look no further than the Paul Reed Smith Hollowbody II electric." read the review

Sound Samples

Clean - PRS 30 Amplifier