PRS S2 VR Vela Vernon Reid Signature in Egyptian Gold

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Jed Van Wyngaardt

Living Colour are renowned for their eclectic style, carving out a unique niche in the late 80’s and early 90’s with their huge-sounding songs. The man responsible for their catchy riffs is guitarist and principle songwriter Vernon Reid. In order to perform their impressive back catalogue, covering styles such as rock, metal, funk and blues, Vernon needed a guitar that could allow him to cover all the bases.

After using PRS guitars over the last couple of years, the company have graced him with his very own signature model. Available in black or Egyptian gold and featuring an artistic scratchplate design, this instrument screams style as well as performance, with its powerful HFS humbuckers and a double-locking Floyd Rose tremolo system.

Performance in Mind:

Based off of the standard S2 Vela model, the Vernon Reid Signature features a variety of upgrades to meet his performance needs as well as yours – on stage and in the studio. A Floyd Rose 1000 Series tremolo offers you amazing tuning stability, and with its recessed cut-out behind the bridge, you can go crazy with divebombs, flutters, anything you like!

Dual HFS humbuckers deliver a strong mid-range tone that will allow you to punch through the mix no matter what, with crisp highs and a solid low-end giving you a balanced full-bodied sound. A five-way pickup selector switch lets you find the perfect tonal sweet-spot, with master volume and tone controls giving you further flexibility.


A mahogany body with a set mahogany neck provides a solid feel, giving a strong resonant sound that’s loud even when unplugged. A rosewood fingerboard allows your fingers to glide smoothly over the frets, with the V-shape neck profile giving this guitar a vintage feel as well as supreme comfort.

Here's what PRS say about the S2 VR Vela Vernon Reid Signature in Egyptian Gold:

Cult Personality

“I love the way it looks, the way it feels, the way it sounds. I think it’s really meant for the player that is prepared to go all different kinds of places. It’s the kind of instrument that invites people to experiment and just have a good time. Whatever kind of music you want to play...whatever you want to plug the guitar into.” - Vernon Reid

The S2 VR Vela was developed with Living Colour founder, Vernon Reid. Initially attracted by the Vela’s offset body shape, Vernon took this guitar to another level through a unique set of appointments. Loaded with two HFS pickups, the S2 VR Vela has an aggressive sound with clear highs and strong mids and bass. The Floyd Rose 1000 Series tremolo adds new sonic options for players and provides the confidence to dive bomb without going out of tune. The S2 VR Vela also features a “V-shape” neck that feels full and strong in your hand and a unique pickguard designed by Vernon himself.

Dive, bend, play with harmonics, and have a good time.


  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Scale Length: 25”
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: V-Shape
  • Fretboard Inlays: Birds
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose 1000 Series Tremolo
  • Tuners: PRS Low Mass Locking
  • Truss Rod Cover: “Vela”
  • Hardware Type: Nickel
  • Pickguard: Printed
  • Treble Pickup: HFS
  • Bass Pickup: HFS
  • Controls: Volume & Tone Controls, 5-Way Blade Pickup Selector
  • Included Accessories: Gig Bag
  • Strings: PRS .010 -.046
  • Colour: Egyptian Gold
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