The PRS A55E is a stunning acoustic built on all of what PRS have learned since they started making acoustic guitars back in 2011. Using quilted maple back and sides finished in a classy Black Gold Burst with a solid Sitka spruce top this guitar offers bright and articulate tones housed in a versatile body shape.
The A55E uses a tonewood combination of a solid Sitka spruce with maple back and sides. The Sitka spruce top has a consistent and balanced tonality that doesn't colour the sound too much. Maple on the other hand, has a distinctively bright tone with great articulation. Bright and loud with excellent note definition this is a good choice for the stage as it allows you to really cut through and be heard. The A55E uses quilted maple which has no effect on the tone but gives the back and sides a premium aesthetic, especially when finished in PRS' Black Gold Burst.
To get the most out of these woods PRS have used their own X/Classical bracing pattern on the top. This tweak to the bracing pattern results in more flexibility for the top to resonate which at the end of the day means more volume and a more defined, full tone.
All PRS SE acoustics have mahogany necks with ebony fretboards for great stability and resonance.
The Angelus is PRS’s take on a classic cutaway body shape. It's a comfortable mid-sized body that isn’t so large that it's unwieldy to play and not so small that you don’t get a full sound when you want to start strumming. You also get great upper fret access thanks to the cutaway for when you want to hit those high notes. Like the tonewoods, this body shape lends itself to a wide variety of playing styles and genres.
Every guitar in the PRS SE Acoustic range comes fitted with a Fishman GT1 pickup. This sits under the saddle of the guitar and feeds off to controls that sit just under the soundhole for quick and seamless changes while playing.
Bone Nut and Saddle
If you follow Paul Reed Smith at all you know his philosophy for building acoustic guitars. That it is a ‘subtractive’ instrument meaning that everything on the guitar isn’t adding more tone, or sustain, it is just subtracting less.
Anything that touches the string has the ability to subtract more sustain or tone from your guitar so they have made sure that these guitars are fitted with bone saddles and nuts for the best possible sound. You won’t find this on many instruments at this kind of price.
Since 2011 PRS have dedicated a large department to not only creating great acoustic guitars but also innovating what we thought possible with the acoustic guitar. By going back and looking at some of the oldest available acoustic guitars to what the best of the best are making today, they have created a few innovations that make an incredible guitar.
From Private Stock to SE every acoustic they make is made with a purpose, nothing is done just because that is what everyone else does. They have thought through every combination of woods, shape, bracing, electronics to come up with what they feel is the best acoustic they can make at a price a lot of people can afford.
- Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Middle Wood: Quilted Maple
- Back Wood: Quilted Maple
- Body Shape: Angelus Cutaway
- Body Depth at Neck Block: 3 19/32”
- Body Depth at Tail Block: 4 3/8”
- Bracing: PRS Hybrid “X”/Classical Bracing
- Body Purfling: Abalone
- Body Binding: White/Black
- Rosette: Abalone, White/Black
- Number of Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 25.3”
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: Wide Fat
- String Spacing: 2 7/32”
- Fretboard Wood: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: Birds
- Fretboard Radius: 11.81"
- Strength/Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Neck Depth At The Nut: 7/8”
- Width of Fretboard at the Body: 2 9/32"
- Width of Fretboard at the Nut: 1 11/16"
- Nut: Bone
- Bridge Wood Ebony
- Tuners PRS-Designed
- Acoustic Saddle Bone
- Strings 12-53
- Included Accessories PRS Hardshell Case
- Acoustic Electronics Fishman GT1