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Shawn@PRS
12-18-2012, 08:15 AM
We had a few guitars hanging around the factory that had been used as Rep samples or Magazine Review guitars and management decided they would offer them for sale to employees. There were a lot of killer pieces, including a really sweet ME III with two tappable Narrowfield pickups and a full size 57/08 in the bridge, but the one guitar I really had my eye on was this beautiful JA-15.

This is one of 6 guitars originally built for the 2010 Experience and the hang tag even shows that it was assembled the day before the experience started (9/23/10). After it was on display at EXP, it was sent to various guitar magazines for review . This is so early, it pre-dates Phase III tuners and this one has the Modern Eagle style, Phase II's and 53/10 pickups. Needless to say this is an amazing guitar, it just rings with a sweet woody tone when played acoustically. I haven't yet plugged it in, but the factory will be closed after Christmas so I'll have several days to really put it through it's paces.



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12-18-2012, 08:19 AM
Outstanding!

LSchefman
12-18-2012, 08:19 AM
Wow! That is absolutely gorgeous, Shawn. Enjoy the heck out of it!

rugerpc
12-18-2012, 08:19 AM
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/IMG_1976.jpg

That's a beauty, Shawn - love that you are reflected in the neck pickup in the first picture - looks like you are already part of it and it is part of you!

Shawn@PRS
12-18-2012, 08:30 AM
You guys know how hard it is to take good photos of guitars. I was thinking about getting Marc Quigley on the forum to answer some questions surrounding guitar photography. Marc is the Art Director at PRS and he is responsible for the beautiful photos on our website and the famous Private Stock calendars.

38Roars
12-18-2012, 08:37 AM
Shawn thats really AWESOME~~~!!!

themike
12-18-2012, 08:49 AM
Congrats buddy, I can totally see you sitting off a dock somewhere in Maryland drinking a beer and strumming some songs on that.

south89
12-18-2012, 08:50 AM
Shawn that is a stunner. I guess you're going to get real close with that over the holiday. Enjoy it :congrats:

WEDGE
12-18-2012, 08:52 AM
Hell of a nice XMAS gift to yourself! Enjoy it!

Twinfan
12-18-2012, 08:58 AM
Very nice indeed - enjoy it!

Any pics of the others that were for sale???

hoofarted
12-18-2012, 09:01 AM
You guys know how hard it is to take good photos of guitars. I was thinking about getting Marc Quigley on the forum to answer some questions surrounding guitar photography. Marc is the Art Director at PRS and he is responsible for the beautiful photos on our website and the famous Private Stock calendars.

That would be awesome! I have a DSLR and no clue how to use it, a few tips of the trade would really be appreciated!

Also...what a stunner! Congrats on that =D

MykeWright
12-18-2012, 09:11 AM
That's guitar loveliness personified.

themike
12-18-2012, 09:14 AM
That would be awesome! I have a DSLR and no clue how to use it, a few tips of the trade would really be appreciated!

Also...what a stunner! Congrats on that =D

Lighting is key! You don't realize it but most great images have a lot of studio lights involved! haha

http://www.avr-1611.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Studio-Photography-3.jpg

iahawk36
12-18-2012, 09:17 AM
That one looks GREAT Shawn! Very cool. Now who got that MEIII?! I'd LOVE to get my hands on that thing! :D

LJD
12-18-2012, 10:07 AM
Awesome.

MA Pete
12-18-2012, 10:20 AM
Congrats! Cool guitar!

I have had JA-15 GAS ever since I saw Kurt Allison (Jason Aldean's Lead Guitarist) rock an Antique White one at the CMA Awards this year! ;)

andy474x
12-18-2012, 10:24 AM
Great looking guitar, I bet those 53/10's will be killer! Congrats Shawn!

themike
12-18-2012, 10:34 AM
Congrats! Cool guitar!

I have had JA-15 GAS ever since I saw Kurt Allison (Jason Aldean's Lead Guitarist) rock an Antique White one at the CMA Awards this year! ;)

Ut oh, does Todd know that someone else is using a white JA? hahah

wilerty
12-18-2012, 10:35 AM
Beautiful Shawn ...

sergiodeblanc
12-18-2012, 10:55 AM
bangin'

watelessness
12-18-2012, 11:22 AM
Wicked sweet, Shawn!

hoofarted
12-18-2012, 12:09 PM
Lighting is key! You don't realize it but most great images have a lot of studio lights involved! haha

True story. I'm joking to some extent, I do understand basic things like exposure and shutter speed. I found that the flash attachment made a world of difference! I'll never get to that level of setup tho!

aduayer
12-18-2012, 01:06 PM
man, you deserve this and much more. rock on, camarada!

slang05
12-18-2012, 01:17 PM
To call that guitar beautiful feels like a partial compliment! How about Amazingly Beautiful! That feels closer! Congrats!

11top
12-18-2012, 01:25 PM
Nice grab Mr. Nuthall!

VHTStark
12-18-2012, 02:22 PM
Beautiful Shawn, nice score! I have been really curious about these since they came out; you'll have to give us a tone report when you get a chance to plug her in!!

Danerada
12-18-2012, 02:46 PM
Wow!!!! Very nice Shawn!

I got to play Tracy Lanning's JA and wow!!!! what an instrument....

Egads
12-18-2012, 03:11 PM
Love it, and SOOOOOO Want!

Mikegarveyblues
12-18-2012, 03:22 PM
congrats Shawn, that's a great looking guitar!

Aeetus
12-18-2012, 03:39 PM
That looks bloody marvellous!

veinbuster
12-18-2012, 03:52 PM
Most excellent.

butterfly
12-18-2012, 09:09 PM
I think it's cool that your guitar was the one that got great press reviews and inspired other people to buy one. Nice.

clcwarlock
12-18-2012, 10:05 PM
Really like that one Shawn. I'll bet it sounds great. Congrats.

justmund
12-18-2012, 10:37 PM
Wow that's awesome Shawn, congrats!

Did you say tappable NFs??? Very interested to hear what they sound like!!!

JMintzer
12-18-2012, 10:42 PM
You suck! You get all the good stuff! Harumph!


Jamie

P.S. Sweet!

hemantooth
12-19-2012, 01:52 AM
Fantastic score.

Buildermike
12-19-2012, 05:15 AM
One less bucket item! Congrats on the early Christmas present.

izzyizborn
12-19-2012, 08:36 AM
I was at Log Canoe Circle last week to see Doug and Shawn. Upon entering the lobby to sign in, I noticed that the demo room directly across from the reception desk had ' employee sale' signs on the door. And there were all sorts of guitars and amps around the perimeter of the room. Unfortunately, civilians could not enter. :( I offered my services as a sander for the day, for free, but no dice!
Congrats Shawn. Beautiful!

prsrocker1988
12-19-2012, 09:29 AM
Very nice, Shawn!

markie
12-19-2012, 09:46 AM
Absolutely fantastic Shawn ................................................. Congrats :rock:

jrw32
12-21-2012, 10:43 AM
Understated yet beautiful, congrats & enjoy!

Rick
12-21-2012, 11:23 AM
Nice guitar Shawn !
Is that the one that was reviewed in Guitar Player ?
I'm turning Eriza Verde with jealousy !

Shawn@PRS
12-21-2012, 11:39 AM
Yes it is but I cannot find the actual review online

Rick
12-21-2012, 11:50 AM
it was in the February 2011 issue with Yngwie on the cover.
Here's what they said about YOUR guitar :

" Designed in conjunction with Paul Jackson Jr., the JA-15 sports a highly resonant 15"- wide body that is composed of spruce, mahogany, and curly maple. The curly maple neck, also with the new Pattern shape, is very comfortable, and the pickups are the 53/10 models that feature coils wound with wire made on the original machine that was used to supply “legendary” guitar companies in the 1950s. According to PRS, the wire used in 53/10 pickups is further processed to the specifications used for a certain single- coil bridge pickup made in 1953 (read Fender Telecaster). The objective of all this was to create a clear sounding humbucker with a particularly sweet top end. The 53/10s used here are the same pickups found on the ME Quatro except that they have bright polished covers. A small point perhaps, but I wish these covers had the brushed nickel finish.
The Two Piece bridge does a great job of transferring string energy to the body, allowing the JA-15 to sustain well with cleaner tones. The vibe of this guitar is incredible. Its voice is very sweet and round, and the definition and detail are such that you can use the well-voiced Tone control to dial in a dark, creamy jazz sound and still get the clarity and presence needed to make your comping and solos stand out. This is a very dynamic guitar too, which means you don’t have to goose it with lots of volume (and risk feedback) to make notes punch through. The JA-15 responds beautifully to variations in picking attack, making it easy to go from soft rhythm playing to singing solos with just an adjustment in how hard you hit the strings.
The JA-15 is a serious jazz guitar that combines a rich-bodied sound with excellent intonation and a quick playing feel. It’s probably the most advanced production guitar of its type on the market today and it earns an Editors’ Pick Award. "

Shawn@PRS
12-21-2012, 11:57 AM
Sweet man, thanks!

It's funny he mentioned the scuffed covers. I thought scuffing the covers just because I like the look better.

Rick
12-21-2012, 12:14 PM
Here's the part of the ME Quatro review in the same issue where he talks about the pickups :

" Other new details for the ME Quatro are its 53/10 humbuckers—also found on the JA-15—which PRS describes as the warmest sounding of their “vintage” offerings. PRS has definitely upped its game in pickup design and you can hear it in the ME Quatro’s tones, which offer sparkling clarity, a great sense of depth, and glistening harmonics. Slightly less aggressive sounding than the 57/08 units, the Quatro’s pickups have a blossoming midrange and a silky top that cuts through beautifully without a trace of harshness. This guitar sounds very full and balanced, yet there’s so much of the right kind of brilliance on tap that I didn’t need to put the pickups into split mode to get ultra-crisp clean tones. "

dprather
12-21-2012, 12:14 PM
Nicely done, sir! It's good to see you pick out a guitar for yourself every once in a while!!

zebraprs
12-21-2012, 01:13 PM
Congrats Shawn!!! I remember that guitar from the Experience.. WOW!!!

Shawn@PRS
12-21-2012, 01:22 PM
Thanks guys. I plugged it in a couple days ago and it did not disappoint. One of the finest guitars I've ever played and certainly the nicest one I've ever owned. The tone is amazing and the neck feel is perfect!

Now I need to find a copy of the February 2011 Guitar Player magazine

guitarsong
12-21-2012, 02:35 PM
WoW.Very classy.Congrats!

David Grantham
12-21-2012, 04:41 PM
Beautiful guitar Shawn! I play mine every night.

Dirty Bob
12-23-2012, 10:52 PM
Can't believe I missed this! That is an extremely beautiful and classic looking axe! I've been recently playing (after sergio's santana thread) the Santana you guys put 53/10's in and have been really reveling in the tone. Had it through both the Recording Amp and a Marshall 2466 today and to my ears these pickups were meant to be played through a Marshall....So sensitive to volume and tone tweaks. I was just thinking that they would sound killer dropped in a Hollowbody. I bet she sings ever so sweetly....one gorgeous and vintage looking guitar. Big congrats!

alantig
12-23-2012, 11:53 PM
Thanks guys. I plugged it in a couple days ago and it did not disappoint. One of the finest guitars I've ever played and certainly the nicest one I've ever owned. The tone is amazing and the neck feel is perfect!

Now I need to find a copy of the February 2011 Guitar Player magazine

Unfortunately, I only save the articles I'm interested in from my guitar mags the last few years, but I'm certain I have that review saved. I can scan it and send it to you, if you'd like (assuming I'm correct).

vchizzle
12-26-2012, 03:29 PM
Beautiful guitar Shawn. Congrats!


You guys know how hard it is to take good photos of guitars. I was thinking about getting Marc Quigley on the forum to answer some questions surrounding guitar photography. Marc is the Art Director at PRS and he is responsible for the beautiful photos on our website and the famous Private Stock calendars.
Great idea! Marc is a very talented photographer(obviously) and a really nice guy as well. We talk a bit here and there on twitter.