This Private Stock Paul's 1985 is just plain old beautiful! The top has a very nice wide curl to it that is very symmetrical and easy on the eyes. Finished in Electric Tiger Glow (a hand stained burst!), the Private Stock team over at PRS out-did themselves yet again!
When a selection of wide-curl maple tops were making their way into the Private Stock Wood Vault, Paul Reed Smith knew they should be saved for something special. That special something ended up being the Paul’s 85.
Paul’s 85 are a special run of Private Stock guitars, painstakingly spec’d by Paul Reed Smith and meticulously crafted by the Private Stock team. Paul picked the tops, the selection of woods, assisted on the neck shapes of every guitar, spec’d the pickups, and played and adjusted each guitar until it was “right.” The team executed each detail while he looked after each instrument on a daily basis.
The chosen specifications also include dark Peruvian mahogany necks, Honduran rosewood fretboards and headstock veneers, solid red abalone birds with mother of pearl outlines, bone nuts, vintage-style tuning pegs, and aluminum stop tail bridges with brass inserts and brass studs.
Every piece of guitar-making knowledge at PRS is also in these guitars: the wood drying methods, the feel of the neck, the color and stain technique (Electric Tiger Glow – an exquisite stain and spray technique that accentuates the beautiful wide curl maple), the finish (a very special paper-thin, vintage-formula nitrocellulose that will crack over time), and the pickups (PRS TCI pickups that were spec’d to be full, clear, and musical).
These guitars are a Limited run of 85 worldwide.
“We believe guitar making is an ongoing process of discovery, and this Paul’s 85 guitar utilizes all of the parts, processes, and workmanship I have spent my career (to date) seeking, testing, refining, and teaching our craftsman. My hope is that these benchmark instruments are something remarkable for our company and the industry. There is no better way to close out our 35th Anniversary than with these extraordinary, hopefully magic, guitars.” – Paul Reed Smith
Please Note* the finish on this guitar is delicate and designed to crack/check over time, and finish checking that is seen is intentional by PRS guitars.
- Construction - Set Neck, Solid Body
- Top Wood - Private Stock Flame Maple Top
- Body Wood – African Mahogany
- Frets - 22
- Scale length - 25"
- Neck Wood - Dark Peruvian Mahogany
- Neck Shape - Pattern
- Fretboard Wood - Honduran Rosewood w/ Figured Maple Binding
- Inlays - Solid Abalone Birds w/ Mother of Pearl Outline
- Tuners – PRS Vintage Style
- Nut - Bone
- Bridge - PRS Wraparound w/ Brass inserts & Brass Studs
- Knobs - PRS Clear/Black Lampshade
- Hardware Type - Nickel
- Neck Pickup - PRS TCI Bass
- Bridge Pickup - PRS TCI Treble
- 2 Mini Toggle Coil Splits
- 3 - Way toggle Switch