PRS Private Stock 35th Anniversary Dragon in Frostbite Dragon's Breath

The Dragon returns in spectacular fashion, featuring a multi-colour inlay designed by Dungeons and Dragons artist Jeff Easley

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Cian Hodge

Only PRS could create something so outrageously ostentatious and classy in equal measure.

The PRS Dragon is the very pinnacle of guitar luthiery. At its core, this is an extremely valuable, highly sought-after collectors’ piece. You’ll need to act extremely quick to reserve your guitar. The fingerboard inlay is also a massive dragon, and who doesn’t like dragons?

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Dragon fingerboard inlay

As far as PRS Dragon Private Stock guitars go, the 35th anniversary model is a mature beast in comparison to previous pieces. PRS worked with famous Dungeons and Dragons artist Jeff Easley to design the incredible inlay centrepiece. The dragon is made of a stunning gemstone mosaic with fire spreading onto the truss rod cover in dramatic fashion.

Private Stock woods & Paul’s guitar pickups

There’s plenty going for the PRS Dragon in other departments, like the incredible array of exotic woods and tweaked TCI humbuckers borrowed from Paul’s Guitar. You won’t find a wood selection like this on any other guitar; ziricote fingerboard, chaltecoco neck, African ribbon mahogany body and with a curly maple top for the rippling reptile effect.

With only 135 pieces worldwide and a limited number on their way to Andertons, take the chance to invest in this beautiful guitar as soon as you can.

Key Features

  • Ziricote fingerboard with Dragon inlay designed by Dungeons and Dragons artist Jeff Easley
  • Curly Maple top wood
  • African ribbon mahogany body
  • Chaltecoco wood Pattern neck
  • Paul’s Guitar-tweaked TCI Model pickups
  • Push/pull tone control
  • Phase III Locking tuners
  • Smoked black hardware

Here's what PRS say about the Private Stock 35th Anniversary Dragon:

Paul Reed Smith Dragon model guitars are among the most coveted PRS models ever developed. PRS is proud to celebrate this historic model in honor of the company’s 35th anniversary in 2020.

The visual star of the guitar is the elaborate, fantastical dragon inlay designed by Jeff Easley, a fantasy artist famous for some of Dungeons & Dragons rulebook covers. PRS Guitars engaged Aulson Inlay, to deconstruct Easley’s artwork and recreate it for the fretboard of the guitar. The design concludes with the dragon’s breath of fire extending onto the truss rod cover.

The finished inlay is fashioned from a wide array of materials including: Green Ripple Abalone, Green Abalone Select, Black Mother of Pearl, Stabilized Sand-Shaded Holly, Red with Gold Vein Recon Stone, Raffir Striped Black, Black and Red Raffir Aluminum Wave, Abaloid Acrylic, Nocturne Corian, as well as Blue Pacific, Citrine, and Flame Synthetic Opal.

The 35th Anniversary Dragon is based off of the PRS McCarty model, featuring a thicker back, PRS Stoptail bridge, and a classic volume, push/ pull tone control, and 3-way toggle electronics layout, but with TCI model pickups from the Paul’s Guitar and tweaked Phase III Locking tuners for a unique balance of vintage and modern specifications.

The extraordinary Private Stock grade tone woods were hand selected for this limited series and include a curly maple top, African ribbon mahogany back, and a chaltecoco Pattern neck with a 25” scale length, 22 fret ziricote fingerboard. 35th Anniversary Dragons will come finished in Frostbite Dragon’s Breath. A Private Stock’s Dragon’s Breath style finish was the perfect choice for this run, with the stain sporting a lighter color (or “glow”) toward the belly of the guitar that mimics the shape of a flame shooting out of a dragon’s mouth. The smoked black hardware brings a fierce elegance to the instrument.

“Looking at the final 35th Anniversary Dragon, I am incredibly proud. This guitar is PRS through and through from the fingerboard design to the pickups. I think it’s one of our most elegant Dragons yet.” – Paul Miles 

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