It’s no secret that John Mayer’s main guitar on tour with Dead & Company has been the PRS Super Eagle, launched last spring. During the 2016 tour, PRS made Mayer a second version of that instrument with some updated woods and aesthetic appointments. Mayer played the Super Eagle II on the very last show of the 2016 tour and is continuing to play it for Dead & Company’s 2017 summer tour. PRS and Mayer are excited to offer this new version, the Super Eagle II, to fans and collectors.
“Just like with the first edition Super Eagle, you’re literally getting the same guitar that is in John’s rig. It’s been an honor to help create a tool that John can use to work with Dead & Company and beyond,” said Paul Reed Smith.
Some of the specifications Mayer and Smith collaborated on for this special run of instruments include a longer (for PRS) scale length of 25.375”, specially-wound 58/15 JM treble and bass pickups with a specially-wound Narrowfield JM pickup in the middle position (with three individual coil-tap mini-switches), a JCF Audio preamp with treble boost, as well as a hand-signed sticker in the f-hole of the guitar that was designed by Mayer’s friend David Smith (who also designed the cover art for Mayer’s 2012 “Born and Raised” album). The pickups deliver a bright, clear tone that has been heard in venues across the USA in Mayer’s recent performances with Dead & Company.
Some new woods and aesthetic choices were also selected for the Super Eagle II, including a one piece Private Stock curly maple back, African blackwood fingerboard and headstock veneer, paua birds and a green ripple abalone 12th fret violin bird and Private Stock eagle, as well as a new color: Hemp Green.
The Private Stock Super Eagle II is a highly-sophisticated instrument that at once reveres the history of guitar-making and guitar tone but pushes the boundaries of materials, design, and craftsmanship. The resulting instrument embodies the PRS Private Stock culture of meticulous workmanship as well as Mayer’s keen eye for playability, tone, and detail.
The Private Stock Super Eagle II will be limited to 120 instruments. Full specifications are below.
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|Top Wood||Curly Maple Top|
|Back Wood||Private Stock Curly Maple One-Piece|
|Number of Frets||24|
|Neck Wood||Private Stock Curly Maple|
|Fretboard Wood||African Blackwood Fingerboard|
|Inlays||Paua “Old School” Birds and A Green Ripple Abalone Violin Bird Inlay At The 12th Fret|
|Headstock||African Blackwood Headstock Veneer with Etched Green Abalone “Old School” Private Stock Eagle|
|Bridge||Private Stock Gen III Tremolo|
|Tuners||Tweaked Phase III Locking Tuners with Ebony Buttons|
|Treble Pickup||58/15 JM Treble|
|Middle Pickup||Narrowfield JM|
|Bass Pickup||58/15 JM Bass|
|Controls||Volume & Tone w/ 5-Way Blade Switch; 3 Mini Switches For Individual Coil Taps; 2 Mini Switches (On/Off and Treble Boost) for JCF Pre-amp|
|Finish||High-Gloss Nitro JM "Hemp Green" Top, Back and Neck|
|Extras||F-Hole Sticker Hand-Signed by John Mayer|
|Case||Hardshell Paisley Case|
The Private Stock Super Eagle II is available at the following PRS Dealers:
Rest assured, the Gen III trem functions in all the same ways as the PRS patented tremolo system always has. As always, the bridge is machined brass, a metal that rings beautifully. The block, intonation screws, height-adjustment screws, and the string slots on the saddles are all left un-plated for increased sustain and fidelity of tone.