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A PRATLEY PRO DLX MODEL ELEC­TRIC GUI­TAR!

Australian Guitar - - Contents -

THE BUILD

Look­ing at this gui­tar, it makes you won­der why more luthiers aren’t grav­i­tat­ing to­wards Aus­tralian tim­bers. The Tas­ma­nian moun­tain ash used for the neck and body of the gui­tar is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble, es­pe­cially with the high gloss black burst nish high­light­ing the tim­ber’s grain. The sec­ond you pick it up, it’s also im­me­di­ately clear that the Pro DLX is the re­sult of metic­u­lous stan­dards and ex­act­ing at­ten­tion to de­tail. Even just tak­ing a mo­ment to take in the body shape, you’re struck by how much thought has gone into every as­pect of this in­stru­ment. While it’s cer­tainly a unique and orig­i­nal de­sign, it man­ages to achieve what so many non-tra­di­tional gui­tar de­signs fail to do in that it still looks re­fined and fa­mil­iar, and is, most im­por­tantly, well balanced and very com­fort­able to play.

THE SOUND

Straight off the bat, one thing I love about the Pro DLX is the pickup con­fig­u­ra­tion. There’s some­thing awe­some about be­ing able to blend the tight crunch of a bridge hum­bucker with the dirty warmth of a P90 in the neck po­si­tion. It just works. It also ex­pands the range of sounds you can get out of a gui­tar. Start­ing out clean, you can go from nice, bright singing chords via the hum­bucker, right through to su­per smooth, fat, jazzy leads on the neck. Step it up and dial in a bit of gain on your amp, and you’re in­stantly trans­ported to clas­sic rock ter­ri­tory, with plenty of bite to chords, and won­der­ful note clar­ity too. The Tas­ma­nian moun­tain ash lends a won­der­ful tim­bre to the in­stru­ment. It’s got more snap and top end than ma­hogany, but equally, has a bit more rich­ness to it than some­thing like alder. Add to that the warmth and sus­tain you get from the rose­wood fret­board, and it’s a re­ally nicely rounded tonal pack­age - Aus­tralian Gui­tar Magazine

SPECS:

• Body: Tas­ma­nian Moun­tain Ash • Fin­ish: Ul­tra High Gloss Body & Neck • Neck: Tas­ma­nian Moun­tain Ash • Fin­ger­board: East In­dian Rose­wood (305mm / 12” Ra­dius) • No. Frets: 22 • In­lays: 6mm MOP Dots with Sun & Waves MOP 12th fret in­lay • Scale: 24.75” • Nut: Graph­tech Black Tusq XL • Bridge: Graph­tech NW1 Wrap­around • Tuners: Pratley 16:1 • Neck Pickup: Sey­mour Dun­can Phat Cat • Bridge Pickup: Sey­mour Dun­can Al­nico II Pro • Con­trols: Vol­ume (Push/Pull), Tone, 3 Way Tog­gle • Hard­ware: Chrome

Thanks to our friends at Pratley, one lucky sub­scriber will take one home!

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