New "Dead Spec" Silver Sky Models from PRS Guitars
November 15, 20232 min read
Another special guitar from Paul Reed Smith is headed to Heartbreaker Guitars! Based around the immensely popular Silver Sky series, John Mayer and PRS have put their collective energy together to produce a new spin on the Silver Sky, inspired by Mayer’s tenure with the supergroup Dead & Company. These guitars are meant to reflect Mayer’s preferred build as well as Jerry Garcia’s quintessential guitar tones that made the Grateful Dead so distinct. Only 1,000 of these special “Dead Spec” Silver Sky models will be produced, and players can expect the playing experience to be reminiscent of the rest of the Silver Sky line, with some added benefits that make this one of next year’s most desirable.
Typically built with a solid Alder body, the “Dead Spec” models trade out the Alder in favor of Swamp Ash with a Satin Nitro Moc Sand finish. The Maple neck is PRS’ 635 JM-R with a radius of 71⁄4”, a 1 21/32” nut width, and a Rosewood fingerboard adorned with the signature PRS Bird inlays. The standard steel tremolo bridge has been traded out for a new Gen III surface-mounted hardtail bridge, adding some extra depth and definition to the instrument, along with a brass nut and retainer bar at the other end. As the cherry on top, these “Dead Spec” models are equipped with a brass plate Alembic Blaster preamp, which can be used as a boost function, or to simply drive some more power and energy into the player’s neutral tone. An internal pot allows for the gain to be manipulated between 3-14 dB at the player’s preference.
When it comes to S-Style SSS guitars, the Silver Sky has proven itself a formidable successor and ode to famous guitars of previous generations, delivering those crisp, vintage tones associated with the late 60’s and early 70’s. These “Dead Spec” models look to be a fantastic next step for these instruments, giving us a few added bonuses on top of a tried and true formula.