If you're at all familiar with the history of Paul Reed Smith guitars, let this be proof to you that these early period builds are some of the most sought-after pseudo vintage electric guitars of our day. If you're not familiar, let's catch you up on this unbelievable "pre-standard" PRS Guitar...
The Paul Reed Smith Guitar - as it was originally dubbed - represents Paul's first true production electric guitar, and has become somewhat of an icon in the canon of PRSi. "V1" features like the abalone 'birds' inlays, sweet switch, rotary pickup selector, and small script headstock logo made a significant mark on the guitar industry, and paved the way for many of the PRS models that followed.
This is a fabulous example of a one-owner instrument who purchased it new in 1986 and kept it well-maintained. The guitar is all original with not a changed part to be found, and the original Pearl White finish is quite striking and dynamic, with little to no fading or yellowing. The original T&B humbuckers sound fantastic - nice and clear with some great midrange, and quite frankly some of the best split-sound pickups we can recall.
Condition: Excellent-. A few very small nicks/dings off the bottom edge of the guitar, one small nick on the top at the edge of the lower bout, and a few slight surface scuffs on the back are keeping this one from being a Near Mint guitar. Very light fret wear. As previously mentioned, this guitar was simply maintained at a very high level and seemingly not played much, and most of the wear presents as handling wear. It even includes all of the original paperwork, which has become quite the rarity with these.
Anyone looking for a collector-grade PRS, this would undoubtedly check all the boxes. And for those that just want a killer example of a small-shop PRS that most likely passed through the hands of the man himself, you've found it here.
Priced with original hardshell case.
- Mahogany body and neck
- Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with Birds inlays
- Neck profile measurements: .85" @ 1st fret / .93" @ 12th fret
- Pearl White finish
- T&B Humbuckers
- Sweet switch
- Tremolo bridge
- Weight: 8lb 5oz
- Serial # 6 1164