2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of Private Stock, and PRS is celebrating with a return to the program that started it all: Guitars of the Month. Each month the Private Stock team will deliver a unique design in limited numbers, as always featuring the detailed craftsmanship and exquisite materials that define Private Stock. The January Guitar of the Month is a Private Stock Hollowbody Bass. With an authoritative tone and elegant appearance, this bass is addictive to play and a collector’s piece to be treasured. The 4-string Hollowbody Bass is outfitted with a dual coil Bartolini pickup that is splittable via a push/pull tone control. This pickup design, along with the center block/hollow wing construction, delivers an airy, deep tone with strong lows and plenty of top-end definition.
The “January” Private Stock Hollowbody Bass features exquisite woods and inlays from the Private Stock Vault, including a quilted maple top and swamp ash back, curly maple neck with ebony fretboard and mother of pearl birds, and an ebony headstock veneer with mother of pearl Private Stock Eagle and “January” engraved banner. The body is finished with high-gloss nitro, while the 30.25” scale length neck sports a 10” radius and satin nitro finish that plays comfortably and fast.
Six of these guitars will be made for January 2016, commemorating Private Stock’s 20th Anniversary.
The original Guitars of the Month were cased between December 1994 and March 1996. They provided the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and led directly to the Private Stock to the creation of the Private Stock program with the first “official” Private Stock instrument casing on April 19, 1996.
“At the time, the original Guitars of the Month program was a way for us to experiment with new designs and features. To this day, that innovation and specialization is still at the heart of the Private Stock program, and we are very excited to try out some new ideas for our 20th Anniversary year.” – Paul Reed Smith
January 2016 Hollowbody Bass 4
February 2016 McCarty 594
March 2016 Maple Top Singlecut Archtop
April 2016 DGT Birds of a Feather Semi-Hollow
May 2016 509
June 2016 Paul's Guitar
July 2016 Grainger 5 Fretless Bass
August 2016 Custom 24 8-String
September 2016 24 Fret McCarty Singlecut Trem
October 2016 Lotus Knot Custom 24
November 2016 Singlecut McCarty 594
December 2016 Hollowbody II
Learn more about the Private Stock Hollowbody Bass 4
|Top Wood||Quilted Maple|
|Back Wood||Swamp Ash|
|Neck Wood||Curly Maple|
|Neck Shape||Hollowbody Bass 4|
|Inlays||Mother of Pearl Bird Inlays & Mother of Pearl Private Stock Eagle with Mother of Pearl “January” Engraved “New” Banner|
|Treble Pickup||Dual Coil Bartolini Pickup, Splitable|
|Bridge||Nickel Schaller Bridge|
|Strings||D’Addario EXL 170|
|Finish||Electric Tiger Smoked Burst High Gloss Nitro Body with Satin Neck Finish|
|Case||Private Stock 20th Anniversary Black Comet Tolex|
The Private Stock Hollowbody Bass 4 is available at the following PRS Dealers: