A lot of positive attributes to tell you about, regarding this PRS Mira Flame Top from 2008 – Today you can no longer buy a new full blown genuine USA PRS Mira – Pricing and market forces have now determined that the PRS S2 Mira is the way forward – So surely a used and original PRS Mira is the biggest competitor to the more budget spec’d PRS S2 Mira’s – Let’s look at some of the differences – The Mira S2 uses ‘less expensive wood and more readily available’ (words from PRS web site – not mine) – One piece neck on the original model v neck with scarf joint (headstock) and a splice joint (heel), hence effectively a 3 piece neck on the S2 models – USA pick-ups on the original model v Far Eastern SE pick-ups on the S2 – Phase 11 locking tuners v tuners that are ‘reminiscent’ of the Phase 11 models for the S2 (again, their words not mine – ie translates as cheaper imported versions) – Deluxe solid case with the original model v gig bag with the S2 ( I wonder which will last the longest) – My used, PRS is £1125 v New S2 Mira £999 – on the price issue alone, what will this used USA Mira sell for in 3 or 4 years time – I guess still around £1125 (at least) v what will a used S2 Mira sell for in 3 or 4 years time – certainly less than £600 – Whilst initial reports and reviews of the more affordable S2 Mira are encouraging, I still see the biggest competitor to the new S2 models is a fully spec’d used USA Mira – ie their own original guitars are their biggest competition – I know which I’d rather play and own – So in my opinion it is an emphatic thumbs up to the original Mira – I’m not just saying that as a ‘sale person’ but as somewhat of a guitar expert and player
Looking through my stock records I was surprised to see how few used PRS Mira Guitars I have taken back into stock over the last few years – So on that basis I am more than happy to be able to present to you a used 2008 PRS Mira – However somewhat of a lesser known version, with a lush figured maple top covered with a gloss violin amber sunburst finish – Condition wise this is relatively clean example – It is now pushing 10 years old, so don’t expect it to be mint, yet equally any signs of use are on the lighter side of life – Nothing untoward and no nasty nicks etc – So more superficial light surface grazes to the top surface of the gloss finish – Otherwise you’ll find signs of the usual light signs of tarnishing on the nickel hardware, mainly the wrapover bridge tailpiece – Clean frets – Re-strung and set-up with a set of 10’s and of course that fluid playing action that PRS have nailed down to a fine art – Priced to sell at £1125 including the deluxe PRS case – No tags but all ID etc can be found under the bridge pick-up with the usual modcat bar code – Weight watchers will be delighted at this Mira coming in at only 6lbs and 13oz – feather weight
The blue print for the Mira (pronounced My-ra not mirror) was to deliver the legendary PRS impeccable build quality, tonal variation, plus of course that fluid playing performance, in a no frills cosmetic package – I dare say that both PRS and Gibson would not thank me for pointing this out, but essentially the influence for the Mira has come from the Gibson SG Standard, so that should at least give you a vibe about the tonal qualities that it can deliver – Classic violin amber sunburst finish on a figured maple top – The whole guitar comes in at a remarkable 7lbs – So light and resonant – A set of 24 medium jumbo frets are polished, correctly profiled then impeccably fitted to a rosewood fingerboard that possesses a dark smooth character – The neck has the popular wide/thin profile, as found on many Custom 24 models, so nice and easy to handle – A few minutes of playing the Mira will ensure that you are playing a guitar with an extremely comfortable feel about it – Great for bashing out some chords and riffs, simple melodic phrases, or if you are so inclined, to churn out some flashy speedy licks – Compared to more expensive PRS Models, the Mira might have more of a simplistic vibe and manner to it, but this guitar will not let you down – The hardware includes the PRS light weight milled aluminium wrapover bridge/tailpiece, ideal for those into open or drop tunings, plus a set of PRS 14:1 ratio locking tuners, with brass string posts
Fitted with a pair of USA PRS Mira humbuckers with open coils, with all the controls mounted on a scratchplate – They possess more of a vintage flavour, so 8.67K for the neck pick-up and a slightly hotter bridge pick-up at 9.52K – Here you simply have a master volume and tone pot, 3 way selector switch with the addition of a mini toggle switch to deliver some excellent coil tap options – The mahogany body plus neck helps to deliver SG flavoured tones that possess tight lows, focused mids and crisp rounded highs – Rich, warm tones emit from the neck pick-up with more of a solid gritty bite from the bridge pick-up – The coil tap settings are very useful and not the thin weedy tones that you find on many humbucker based guitars – They almost have a Tele vibe to them, so one little switch can supply you with so much extra tonal variation
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