PRS Special Semi-Hollow Limited Edition in Faded Whale Blue

3-pickup configuration & stunning semi-hollow resonance

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Elliot Stent

Every PRS instrument is built to make a statement, and the Special Semi-Hollow sticks to the company's ethos - to create stunning, elegant instruments that emit only the finest tones possible. With a fresh yet familiar look, the Special Semi-Hollow closely resembles the stunning John Mayer signature Super Eagle models from previous years.

With gorgeous aesthetics, fantastic tonewood choices and top-grade electronics and hardware, this instrument is practically unmatched when it comes to build and sound quality. 

Construction

As its name suggests, this limited edition model is built around its exquisite semi-hollow body. Giving you a vibrant and highly-resonant sound even when unplugged, this instrument truly sings when plugged into an amplifier.

The body's Mahogany back ensures rich low-end warmth for jazz or blues tones. Topped with a beautiful Flamed Maple top, this material also serves an important tonal purpose, bringing in some crucial and bright top-end that gives plenty of crisp definition to notes and chords.

The body is paired with a Mahogany neck, featuring the brand's pattern  neck carve, providing a familiar feel for traditionalists, with its asymmetrical design ensuring great support across the whole neck. A sleek Rosewood fretboard provides optimal playability, with Mother of Pearl bird inlays adding a final touch of luxury.

Pickups

The pickup configuration provides unrivalled versatility; PRS Special Semi-Hollow is arguably one of the company's most diverse instruments. Loaded with two 58/15 MT humbuckers and a Narrowfield pickup in the middle position, it ticks all the boxes. The 58/15s offer a classic PAF-style sound, but with improved consistency and better balance across the frequency spectrum. Their medium output makes them ideal for both clean and overdriven tones, and they can be split to single coils via the dedicated push/pull tone control, with no loss in volume.

The Narrowfield pickup delivers the bite and clarity of a single-coil pickup, which works brilliantly in conjunction with the humbuckers. When using positions 2 and 4 on the 5-way blade switch, you can attain those distinctive, chimey out-of-phase tones.

Hardware

The Special Semi-Hollow is fitted with some of the most finely-machined parts available. PRS' Phase III Locking Tuners ensure super-easy string changes, with their locking design also improving tuning stability as less winds are required around the machinehead posts.

At the other end of the instrument, the Gen III Tremolo has the class-leading quality you'd expect from a PRS instrument. With a wonderfully-smooth action, the tremolo's high-mass design ensures maximum string vibration transference through the guitar's body, giving you unparalleled levels of sustain.   

Specifications

Body

  • Top Wood: Flamed Maple
  • Back Wood: Mahogany

Neck

  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: Pattern
  • Fretboard Inlays: Mother of Pearl Birds

Hardware/Electronics

  • Bridge: PRS Tremolo Gen III
  • Tuners: PRS Phase III Locking Tuners
  • Treble Pickup: 58/15 Treble
  • Middle Pickup: Narrowfield
  • Bass Pickup: 58/15 Bass
  • Controls: Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control with 5-Way Blade Pickup and 2 Mini Toggles

Accessories

  • Case: Hardshell
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