1970′s PRS Pre-Factory Custom Built Flying V 12 String

 

Talk about a wondrously one-of-a-kind piece of Pre-Factory PRS history. Hand-built by Paul Reed Smith for his friend Rabbit in the late 1970′s, this solid mahogany Flying V is also a twelve-string!

The guitar is absolutely all-original, peeling paint and all, and sounds FANTASTIC, having been well-played and loved since Paul first built it. You’ll notice the same Schaller “Made in W. Germany” tuning keys which would later turn up on the 1985 Customs. There’s also a custom “rabbit” inlay on the twelfth fret of the Brazilian fretboard.

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The creme bobbin “Alex/Special” pickups were most likely manufactured by Gretch. Alex Axe was a NYC boutique guitar brand in the late ’70′s, and Alex had pickups commercially made for the Alex Standard and Alex Double Cut guitars he was producing. Although these humbuckers are often assumed to be DiMarzio’s, a legitimate authority on the subject believes they were actually produced by Gretch.

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Taken by sgtsteiner » Posted on February 10, 2012 » Filed in Flying V, Pre Factory, Pre-1985 » Link

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