1989 PRS Vintage Sunburst Signature Model #3XX

 

This is the first of two guitars custom built for renowned British guitarist Geoff Whitehorn (Procol Harem, Roger Waters, etc). As you might expect, wonderfully stripy Signature Model #377 has spent her life as a professional working and touring guitar.

Recently acquired by a British collector, she was sent back to PRS for a factory tune-up and had several worn out appointments replaced. The tuners were updated to new Phase II units and both trem blocks/bridges were replaced (the old trem’s knife edges were heavily worn).

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The neck pickup is an original white-stickered Vintage Bass. The bridge pickup is a little more interesting — it’s marked “Deep Dish and Vintage Treble Together” on a hand-written label. Having never heard of any PRS “hybrid” pickups before, the owner assumes this must have been a custom wind done at Geoff Whitehorn’s request.

As you would expect, this Signature is voiced more towards the older/classic PRS sound. The Vintage Bass is very round and warm, but perhaps a little less defined than the more current production version. The “Deep Dish and Vintage Treble Together” isn’t quite as “in your face” as other early PRS treble pickups, but it’s still plenty hot with a very well defined ‘piano chime’ edge to the notes. As an extra bonus, the 5-Way Rotary is wired ’85-’86 style with the “9″ position having Paul’s trademark “cocked wah” sound.

Taken by sgtsteiner » Posted on October 14, 2011 » Filed in 1989, Artist Relations, Signature Models, Signature Series, Vintage Sunburst » Link

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