My first post here but not my first rodeo, as they say. I am a 17 year guitar player and lifetime student of music since I was 8 years old. I own a few nice amps and a few very nice guitars. I know PRS guitars are outstanding instruments. No sane rational person could ever dispute that fact and not be laughed at. For some reason I have always been attracted to the more subdued instruments from a visual standpoint. I own a 1958 LP Plain Top R8, a 1951 Nocaster reissue, light relic, a “working man’s” Strat, etc. Fancy quilted tops, flamboyant paint jobs, and overly ornate inlays have never appealed to me.
But today, I will join the ranks of the “Cork Sniffers”. Yes, my first PRS is out on the big brown truck for delivery as I type. Needless to say, I am very excited! I did not get to play it but my buddy Lance at Wildwood pulled it out and took it too his techs. They set it up and put it through the paces. After getting a big thumbs up from Colorado, I bought it. I have done quite a lot of research on these NOS Brazilian models; their sound, history, etc. I love the 57-08 pickups. A wide fat neck is a must for me. All else is just a bonus. This one has a satin finish and not as glossy and fancy as most of the others. Still, it is a beauty and I am sure I will obsess over getting a scratch or a ding where as I don’t with my other guitars.
Here is the background on these ME NOS models as I understand it. You PRS experts please feel free to correct or fill in as needed. The US Government (whatever agency) confiscated these instruments from various makers sometime after 2004 because of their various Brazilian Rosewood content. The instruments were in various stages of completion from raw wood to finished guitars. PRS took necessary legal action to get the BRW that it he had legally acquired and owned prior to the seizure. In 2012, the goods were returned to PRS and the guitars and wood were refinished and completed to the Modern Eagle specs. Who knows where that wood was or how it was stored while the Government had it. According to all sources that I have spoken with the ME’s, like all PRS guitars, left the factory in perfect condition after being reworked. Hence the designation NOS.
Here are the specs on mine and a few pics. I will come back with some info on the tone, playability, etc. in a day or two. It usually takes a couple of weeks for a guitar to settle into the climate where I live. All comments and information greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Model: Limited NOS Doubllecut Modern Eagle
Finish Color: Red Tiger
Finish Type: Nitrocellulose
Weight: 8.75 lbs
Top Wood: Carved Figured Maple
Body Wood: Mahogany
Neck Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
Neck Shape: Wide-Fat (.900 1st - .940 12th)
Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood
Inlays: Ripple Abalone Birds
Scale Length: 25"
Headstock: Modern Eagle Inlay on Brazilian Rosewood Veneer
Controls: Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control, 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
Hardware : Nickel
Tailpiece: PRS Stoptail
Tuners: PRS Phase II Locking Tuners
Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case