Looking for a guitar that’s a bit special? Try this PRS custom.
If you want a limited-edition Paul Reed Smith Super Eagle II, you’d better be quick – and have 11 grand in your piggy bank.
When noted bluesman and guitarist John Mayer found himself fronting a collaboration with Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir under the name Dead & Company, he needed an instrument that met the unique sonic needs of the gig. To that end he approached respected American guitar maker Paul Reed Smith with a list of requirements and, after an exhaustive R&D process, the result was 2016’s Private Stock Super Eagle.
Now comes the Super Eagle II in a new hemp-green finish, just 120 of which have been made available to the public worldwide. Featuring a slightly elongated 25.37-inch scale length, the guitar is loaded with custom-voiced humbucker pickups, comprising a JM Narrowfield and a pair of JM 58/15s. These are controlled not only by a traditional five-way blade selector but also via a trio of micro-switches that act as coilsplits for each pickup. Increasing the tonal palate is an on-board JCF preamp with treble boost designed by Josh Florian that gives what Mayer describes as a more ‘HD’ sound, with two more dedicated switches giving full control.
The hollowbody’s f-hole gives the guitar an open, more airy character, with the complement of tonewoods, including mahogany sides and curly maple for both the top and rear of the body. Curly maple has also been used for the wonderful neck, with its African blackwood 24-fret fingerboard sporting paua and green ripple abalone bird inlays.
Adding still further to the tone is the Gen-III bridge, designed to add mass and thus increase sustain. Even the Mayersigned label set inside the body, designed by UK artist David Adrian Smith, is unique.
The Super Eagle II sounds as good as it looks and everything about it screams quality. Which, with a UK RRP of £10,995, it probably ought to.
More info at prsguitars.com/supereagle