PRS Guitars’ Exclusive Collection Series III Instruments by Private Stock Now Available

Posted Apr 04, 2012

Introduced in the fall of 2011, PRS Guitars’ Collection Series instruments are built in small batches by the company’s Private Stock department. Each Collection Series consists of one electric and one acoustic guitar made with the most exacting methods and the most prized components in the company’s possession, including pernambuco necks and fingerboards, which are exclusive to the Collection program. For the third installment in PRS Guitars’ Collection Series, Paul Reed Smith and the Private Stock team have designed two stunning instruments: the Series III Collection McCarty Semi-Hollow electric and the Series III Collection Grand acoustic.

These instruments are available via exclusive PRS Collection dealers: Wild West Guitars (Riverside, CA), Wild Wood Guitars (Louisville, CO), Willcutt Guitars (Lexington, KY), Washington Music Center (Wheaton, MD), Rudy’s Music (NYC, NY), Sweetwater (Fort Wayne, IN), Guitar Center (Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX locations), and Guitar Resurrection (Austin, TX). Internationally, Collection guitars will be available from The Guitar Shop in Mississauga, Canada and the following distributors: Headline (United Kingdom), Korg Import Division (Japan), Voerman (Benelux), and Roland Meinl Musikinstrumente (Germany and Austria).

Specifications for Series III Collection instruments are as follows:

Series III Collection McCarty Semi-Hollow Electric

Curly Maple Top with Two “F” Holes

Ribboned African Mahogany Back

22 Fret 25” Scale Length Pernambuco Pattern Thin Neck

African Blackwood Fingerboard with 14K Gold and White Gold Collection Celtic Inlays

African Blackwood Headstock Veneer with 14K Gold Signature and White Gold “Collection” Inlay

African Blackwood Truss Rod Cover

14K Gold Sidedots

Phase III Locking Tuners with Ivoroid Buttons

PRS Stoptail

Uncovered Collection 57/08 Treble and Bass Pickups with New PRS Bobbins

Volume and Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch

Espresso Finish with Mircobursts

Series III Collection Collection Grand Acoustic

16” Collection Grand Body

Hybrid X Bracing

Adirondack Spruce Top with Paua Heart/Black Purfling and Figured Curly Maple Binding

Ebony, Paua Heart, Green Select Abalone, and 14K Gold Rosette

Quilted Maple Back and Sides with Black/Maple/Black Purfling

Curly Maple “Wide” Neck

Ebony Fingerboard with Paua Heart, 14K Gold, and Mammoth Ivory Collection Celtic Inlays

Ebony Headstock Veneer Hand-signed by Paul Reed Smith with Mammoth Ivory “Collection Inlay

Paua Heart Purfling on the Fingerboard and Veneer

Visit the PRS Private Stock Collection site