1988 Pearl White Classic Electric Serial #8 7XXXX
Officially known as the “Classic Electric” when launched in June 1988 at the Summer NAMM show in Atlanta, Georgia, this model became the “CE” for the 1989 production year. This was because Hartley Peavey had objected to PRS’s use of the word “Classic” as he had an amp line called the Peavey Classic Electric at the time. This is why it only says “Electric” on the headstock face.
Only about 250 guitars like this were made before becoming marketed as the CE24. She has a maple neck with a regular neck carve, unpainted headstock, rosewood fretboard and a one-piece alder body without visible seams.
The guitar’s pickups are somewhat of a mystery. The PRS hangtag lists them as Vintage Treble and Vintage Bass — but the pickups themselves have no stamp or ID whatsoever. All solder joints are original and the classic gray PRS wire is used, so they are undoubtedly original to the guitar. Controls include volume and tone and a 3-way toggle switch which was later changed to the 5-way rotary switch.
HERE’S HOW YOU DATE A CE MODEL — Using this guitar #8 7XXXX
“8″ for the year (1988)… “7″ for the model number (CE)… Then “XXXX” for the actual serial number of the guitar itself.