Meet The New 2019 PRS Models
Posted Nov 13, 2018
Behind The Gear
Ahhh, Fall. The changing of leaves, the brisk cold mornings, and NEW GEAR FROM PRS.
2018 has been a banner year for our company. We're experiencing a high demand for our products, adding talented craftspeople to our team, and keeping our culture alive in order to build the best guitars we possibly can. We owe a debt of gratitude to thousands of PRS fans, artists, and players around the world, thank you!
Now, on to the latest in our lineup:
We have three exciting additions to the PRS electric lineup this year - each spec meticulously thought out.
PAUL'S GUITAR // Paul's Favorite Features In Your Hands
Historically, the Paul’s Guitar (like the Modern Eagle before it) has been a realization of Paul Reed Smith’s latest discoveries surrounding tone. This revamped model represents Paul’s vision not only as a guitar maker but as a guitar player who needs versatile stage- and studio-ready gear that can achieve all the right tones. As a man who has every option available to him, Paul’s personal design choices include mahogany bodies with maple tops, Honduran rosewood fretboards, Nitrocellulose finishes, “Brushstroke” bird inlays, and narrow pickup bobbins. The Paul’s Guitar model also includes PRS’s TCI (Tuned Capacitance and Inductance) treble and bass pickups with two mini-toggle switches that allow players to put either or both pickups in either humbucking or true single coil mode.
"I don’t just like the newest version of my guitar, I love it. With these new pickups, I can move from a strong bridge pickup to a very clear, “whoopy” neck pickup – you can hear every note – by just setting the mini-toggles and using the 3-way as normal. It’s a highly musical and very usable setup. This guitar has clear, spanky single coils when you split the pickups but a very full soapbar quality when they are in humbucking mode. It’s just beautiful.- Paul Reed Smith
CE 24 SEMI-HOLLOW // Classic CE Character with Semi-Hollow Style
The original CE was introduced in 1988, offering players traditional PRS design and features with a bolt-on neck. A favorite throughout PRS history, the CE 24 was reintroduced in 2016 and is now expanding to include a semi-hollow model.
"The CE 24 Semi-Hollow combines the snap and sustain of our maple neck bolt-on guitars but adds an airy resonance of a semi-hollow body creating a voice all its own. Every dealer who has come through the shop and checked out the prototypes has enjoyed the guitar. We think it is a fairly unique addition to our bolt-on lineup."- Jim Cullen // PRS Director of Sales
SE CUSTOM 24 ZIRICOTE // Classic PRS Design with a Fresh Look
The SE Custom 24 is one of our most popular models and it's easy to tell why: versatile tones paired with a great feel and look. Last year, we decked out our SE Custom 24 with a selection of unique veneers. For 2019, we're continuing to dress up these models with the option of a zebrawood or ziricote veneer. An exotic look on a classic model.
2018 was a very exciting year for PRS acoustic guitars as we added 6 new models. For 2019, we are taking it a step further with some beautiful sounding additions.
SE A55E & T55E // Bold Look with 3-D Sound
The SE A55E and T55E continue to bring our Private Stock aesthetic to the SE Series with quilted maple back and sides offered in two colors: classic Black Gold Burst or striking Abaco Green.
SE A60E & T60E // Full, Vintage Tone
The SE A60E and T60E also bring impressive aesthetics to the assortment, with ziricote back and sides, curly maple binding and heel cap, and abalone purfling and rosette details.
SE A50E & T40E // Now With Burst Options!
Rounding out the acoustic additions are burst options for the 40 and 50 series guitars! And as always, the 40 series comes with beautiful Ovangkol and the 50 series with flamed maple.
“SE acoustics are born from our work inside the PRS Private Stock team making highly-individualized instruments. With years of intimate work experience to build on, we have applied our bracing pattern and other foundational design elements to the SE line, resulting in high-value instruments that we love. We are proud of our manufacturing partners and humbled by the reviews and support from our dealers as we continue to grow this offering.- Jack Higginbotham // PRS Chief Operating Officer
Check out prsguitars.com/products to see everything in one place!