This is the original Singlecut model, with a 2007 date of birth – Or to give it a full description PRS Singlecut 10 Top, with bird inlays and a charcoalburst finish – Today some like to refer to it as the Pre-Law Suit model – So if that tag, ties this guitar to a specific era and helps you identify it, or relate to it, then all well and good – However, the Pre-Law Suit tag does not enhance the guitars playing performance, the tonal character, the build quality, or indeed its value by one extra ounce – Pre or Post Law Suit and regarding the original PRS Singlecut model, it is the same guitar – Granted shortly after the court case, then PRS discontinued the original Singlecut model, in favour of a vintage flavoured SC245 and a modern flavoured SC250 – But to me this is the Singlecut model to go for – It is more than capable of applying itself to working in both the vintage and modern camps – So with new PRS prices escalating in recent years, then a used Singlecut model, at £1690, represents outstanding value
Condition wise this Singlecut is reasonably clean with only light signs of use been visible – First viewing and I barely found a blemish, so a detailed second viewing was required to find any slight surface grazes to the gloss finish – Certainly nothing untoward, so you’d have to be very fussy to have any negative issues towards its overall condition – No fret wear – Some usual oxidization and tarnish to the hardware, but that is always expected with nickel hardware
The curly figured maple ’10’ top possesses plenty of character – Yet the pics do not do justice to either the colour or indeed the figured maple top – This guitar looks far better in the flesh with a three dimensional vibe, that flickers and moves, as you look at it from different directions – Whilst the colourful abalone bird inlays on the smooth and even grained rosewood fingerboard, add a touch of class to the guitars overall character – It sits on my digital scales at a very credible 8lbs and 4oz – Traditional LP influences continue with a one piece mahogany body and like many PRS Guitars, a 25″ scale length – Fitted with a complete set of nickel hardware including a set of ‘Kluson’ style non locking tuners, the lightweight, wrap-over bridge tailpiece, that is milled from a single piece of aluminium – The 25″ scale length ensures that it ideal for any players who wish to drop tune, as it still remains tight and articulate, so as to allow those big crunching riffs to cut through the mix
Tonal character :- Maybe as a fan of Mark Tremonti, a previous owner has removed the original #7 PRS humbuckers and replaced them with a pair of PRS Tremonti humbuckers – The covered neck pick up comes in with a vintage paf flavoured output at 7.29K – Whilst the open coiled bridge pick up kicks out a hearty 14.5K – So warmth and screamin’ as you move from neck to bridge – The clean tones on either pick-up are warm enough to please those looking to relax and delve into chilled out blues or jazz licks, especially on the neck pick-up – Even the hot bridge pick up has a melodic bite on clean amp settings that is more than useful, but I dare say such a guitar will spend more of its life hooked up to the overdriven amp channel on your amp – Neck pick-up is always warm, rich, full and smooth with a tender character that will please the Gary Moore or Pete Green vintage brigade – Not mushy or moody, but warm with good articulation – The bridge pick-up is hot, tight and bites with a full bodied throaty character – Clear highs – Big tight bass that is clear and enough girth in the mids to add body but not to over power – Excellent articulation so hi-gain power chords and riffs are clearly audible with good string definition, even on de-tune mode
Go into solo mode and it is a screamin’ demon with endless sustain, that is delivered in a musical way – Again great articulation so fancy tricks and licks have a clear definition about them, but the sustain is so good you can linger on key notes as required – Both volume pots have a treble bleed capacitor fitted, so that it still retains its clarity as you ‘roll them off’ a touch – This allows you to set up the amp with some overdrive, then adjust the guitars volume pots for a full on approach, or a softer more chilled out option, with less gain, yet still preserve the guitars full expressive qualities – As such you and the guitar are in total control of all the emotion, soul and expression that it can deliver
The guitar has been re-strung with 10’s and set-up with a very fluid playing action throughout the length of the 22 fret rosewood fingerboard – The mahogany neck has the wide/fat profile, which instantly feels comfortable in the palm of your hand – despite the phrase ‘wide/fat’ it is actually a tad slimmer than most Gibson necks – So enough girth to give substance and aide tone and stability, but not to the extent that it will impede your playing- With a chunky set of frets, that are correctly profiled and polished to perfection, then string bending is effortless, even with a set of 10’s, whilst a slick action is part and parcel of any PRS Guitar – Priced at £1690 including the deluxe PRS case and appropriate tag
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