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    PRS Forum Dictionary

    Thought this might be a cool idea to help people catch on to the jargon around here a little bit. If you have a favorite PRS related word, or phrase post it in the thread along with a definition and I'll organize them all at the top alphabetically!

    If this catches on, maybe it could be a sticky? If something like this already exists.... just let me know.


    BaM'er: A member of the deceased PRS fan site called Birds and Moons. BaM ran from early 2004 until March of 2012.
    BRW: aka Braz, Brazzy Brazilian Rosewood.

    CuRo: Custom with an East Indian Rosewood neck.




    GAS: Gear Acquisition Syndrome

    HFS: "Hot Fat Screams" Overwound pickup found in many Cu24 models

    Heel from Hell: A derogatory term coined by the now deceased Ed Roman to describe bigger neck heels on PRS guitars. These larger heels have nothing to do with an automated process, as suggested on Mr. Roman's website. This change was made to increase sustain and neck stability.




    LE: Limited Edition. 300 signed and numbered plus a few extra. Often called the "Sig LE" due to the signed headstock, this is the 1st ever limited run PRS model.


    McBLE: Brazilian Limited Edition McCarty. Not to be confused with the Brazilian Rosewood McCarty (McBrazzy).

    McBrazzy: Brazilian Rosewood McCarty (250 signed & numbered plus a few others).

    McCarty Switching: 3-way toggle used to select pickups instead of the traditional 5-way rotary switch.

    McKorina: McCarty Korina.

    McRosie: McCarty with an East Indian Rosewood neck.

    McSoapy: McCarty with p90 pickups (AKA Soapbars).

    Metal Model: One of the most copied designs, Metal models were mahogany bodied (typically) PRS guitars with a varying pinstripe motif. All of the original Metals were painted by Mr. Bud Davis of Elizabethton, TN. There are many guitars painted in tribute to the Metal theme and to Mr. Davis.

    Mil-Com (AKA MannMade) Trem: One-piece vibrato bridge that was phased out around 1993.




    Pie: A way for members to express that a thread has run it's course and has become too dramatic to be taken seriously. Just as you should never cry wolf, you should not invoke pie unless you are serious. Pie is not to be taken lightly. Posting the recipe of your favorite pie is the ultimate expression of disapproval.

    Pre-Lawsuit: - In reference to a suit filed by Gibson claiming that the SC infringed on the Les Paul design. PRS won the lawsuit. This terms doesn't mean anything. Using this term to describe your guitar only serves to make your advertisement the subject of guitar-geek ridicule when things get quiet on the net.

    Pre-Standard: Properly called "The PRS Guitar", this term refers to solid mahogany guitars from 1985 and 1986 only. As of 1987, they were properly named "Standards."

    PRSh Paul Reed Smith, himself. Refers to the person, not the product or the company.

    PRSi: Plural form of PRS; more than one PRS Instrument.

    PTC aka PRS Tech Center: The PTC staff are all highly skilled PRS craftsmen with many years of experience working in the Paul Reed Smith factory. Our knowledge encompasses all aspects of guitar construction and repair. No outside contractors are used for PRS factory repairs.


    RL: Rosewood Limited. 100 made with Tree of Life inlay. 1st PRS model to feature solid rosewood necks. Not to be confused with the 2011 "Tree of Life" model.

    RP: Pickups found in the early runs of Modern Eagle guitars.


    Sig LE: See LE

    Siggy: Signature Limited (with 408's) introduced at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim.

    Sig: General term for any of the "Signature" models. Usually used when referring to the original Sig model that ran from 1986 through 1991.

    Sinker: Mythological wood used on the first run of 100 PRS Signature's and the subsequent 400 Signature Limited's with 408's.

    Smoky Room: See Pre-Lawsuit.

    Star In the Neck Pickup Cavity: The pentagram in the neck cavity (not to be confused with the asterisk-shaped star) is NOT Paul Smith's maker's mark. Is was placed there by Mr. Mike Deely - a cool-cat who started with PRS Guitars in 1985. Mike is now a PRS Rep in the North East.

    Stripper: Stripped SC58.

    Squabbins: square cornered bobbins on late uncovered PRS pickups

    Sweet Switch: Circuit used in early PRS guitars that when switched on would filter the sound and emulate the load of a long cord before the pedal or amp.

    Sweet Switch Washers: Yes, they were occasionally seen on guitars leaving the factory. It's a fact. Just ask Markie.

    T&B: The original stock "Treble" and "Bass" pickups. Were recently available as reissue pickups.


    VB: "Vintage Bass" The neck pickup usually paired with the "HFS" bridge pickup.

    Westy: 1980 West Street Limited
    Whack -ing -ed: the act of removing the bridge from a guitar and routing a large hole all the way through the front and back in order to fit a 2-Tek bridge in it.





    1st Generation Stamped "T": around serial number X_1800, the B & E magnets in the stamped T pickup were replaced with slugs. These can be visually verified by most PRS enthusiasts.

    2-Tek: a revolutionary bridge invented and manufactured by Mike Hansen (Zilmo) encorporating a metal plate that attaches to the back of the guitar with each saddle perched on a "tone finger", a tuning fork like post that extends through the entire body of the guitar.

    408: Proprietary pickups designed by PRS, designed to extend the guitar’s tonal spectrum by narrowing the field of the bass pickup to increase its focus and widening the field of the treble pickup to increase its sound field (hence their asymmetric appearance).
    Last edited by s.fitzsimmons; 12-27-2012 at 11:55 AM.

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