Dating my prs guitar
A couple of years later Santana did order one, modelled on the first maple-topped guitar Paul had built for Heart’s Howard Leese. Smith’s huge-selling ‘hit single’ was written and refined into a finished article by the end of 1984.The majority of the features we know today were all in place including the unique new body outline and headstock shape, the vibrato system with locking tuners and the dual humbuckers with single coil switching.“David Grissom demo’d the Hollowbody for 10 years on our booth - 10 years! That surprised me, our industry is very slow to move,” Smith said recently.Fifteen years into PRS’s history and the company still had, primarily, one outline design augmented by the earlier ‘Santana’ shape (which didn’t become a PRS production guitar until 1995) and the EGs, which had been discontinued in ’95.Theodore ‘Ted’ Mc Carty had been president of Gibson during its 1950-66 ‘golden era’, presiding over all the classic electric solidbodies and ES semis.
Cosmetically, the original Mc Carty typically used ‘red’ Michigan maple for its tops - the same kind that Gibson used in the fifties as opposed to the more striped, ‘curly’ West Coast maple more regularly used by PRS.Along with the ‘too expensive’ reputation that has dogged PRS for 30years, its inability to produce a more affordable guitar in the USA (until 2014’s S2 range) has been another constant.The Classic Electric was not only PRS’s first bolt-on but a nod in the direction of a more ‘Fender’ toned guitar with an alder body and maple neck.But Peavey object to the name, which was changed to ‘CE’, and the market said it wasn’t PRS enough and maple tops and rosewood fingerboards were swiftly added; by the mid-nineties the alder bodies were changed to mahogany.“The CE was an accepted bolt-on guitar from us,” reflects Smith, “but it came to a point where they weren’t selling, so we stopped making 'em. ”First introduced in 1990, the EG - as in ‘Electric Guitar’ - lowered the price of the PRS even further as well as being the brand’s first 22-fret guitar and the first flat-front instrument.People don’t look at us for making bolt-on guitars, but it doesn’t mean we’re not good at them. Despite selling well in Europe, it wasn’t liked domestically and was swiftly updated (in ’92) by the more successful EG II - the first PRS to have body parts made outside of the factory on CNC machines, and the first lefty PRS.