It's been hard to keep the secret, but the time has finally come! When a company as world-renowned as PRS Guitars announces they have a limited edition guitar made from wide-curl maple that Paul Reed Smith himself felt was so special that it needed to be reserved for a special edition product, there's no question as to what follows. We're excited to announce we've got one on the way. Ladies and Gentlemen - We present the PRS Private Stock Limited Edition Paul's 85.
October 22, 2020 – As PRS Guitars’ approaches the end of their 35th Anniversary, Paul Reed Smith and the Private Stock team have one last instrument created to celebrate the occasion. Paul’s 85 are a special run of Private Stock guitars, personally spec’d by Paul Reed Smith and meticulously crafted by the Private Stock team. The instruments started with a special selection of wide-curl maple tops that Paul set aside. He also selected all of the other woods, assisted on the neck shapes of every guitar, spec’d the pickups, and played and adjusted each guitar until it was “right.” The Private Stock team, who together has more than 200 year’s of guitar making experience, executed each detail while Paul looked after each instrument on a daily basis.
“We believe guitar making is an ongoing process of discovery, and this Paul’s 85 guitar utilizes all of the parts, processes, and workmanship I have spent my career (to date) seeking, testing, refining, and teaching our craftsman. My hope is that these benchmark instruments are something remarkable for our company and the industry. There is no better way to close out our 35th Anniversary than with these extraordinary, hopefully magic, guitars,” said Paul Reed Smith.
The chosen specifications also include dark Peruvian mahogany necks, Honduran rosewood fretboards and headstock veneers, solid red abalone birds with mother of pearl outlines, bone nuts, vintage-style tuning pegs, and aluminum stoptail bridges with brass inserts and brass studs.
Additionally, every piece of guitar-making knowledge at PRS is in these guitars: the wood drying methods, the feel of the neck, the color and stain technique (Electric Tiger Glow – an exquisite stain and spray technique that accentuates the beautiful wide curl maple), the finish (a very special paper-thin, vintage-formula nitrocellulose that will crack over time), and the pickups (PRS TCI pickups that were spec’d to be full, clear, and musical).
These guitars are available exclusively through Authorized PRS Private Stock dealers, and there are only 85 of them worldwide! You may have already guessed it, but one of the 85's is headed right here to Heartbreaker Guitars in Las Vegas!
If history has taught us anything about the guitars that leave the PRS factory, we can expect the same quality and consistency found across the entire line of Paul Reed Smith guitars when we get our hands on this brand new, limited edition 85. It's no secret that Paul himself takes great pride in having created a process that's able to ensure each guitar is made with the same care and precision as the guitar built before it. Artists across the globe have taken note of this persistent exactitude and left no questions as to the legitimacy of Paul's process.
Paul Reed Smith continues to impress us with his incredible creations and this final tip of that hat to the end of the 35th Anniversary celebration for PRS guitars may just be another simple notch in his belt, but for all who have come to appreciate the history and passion hidden inside each of these polished guitars, we say "Bravo."
For more specs, information and availability of this limited edition guitar, click HERE to visit our product page. Heartbreaker Guitars is a proud dealer of PRS Guitars! If you'd like to see our ENTIRE Paul Reed Smith collection, click HERE!