Sublime, lush, seductive, define and elegant are just a few adjectives that might be relevant to describe the PRS Modern Eagle – It maybe hard to clearly define if this is indeed a new or used guitar, as it has never previously been sold – For the last 12 years or so it has sat, on display, in the office of the #1 head honcho for PRS Guitars in the UK and Europe – So after all this time he has asked me to sell it for him on his behalf – So maybe new old stock is a fair description – Hunt long and hard to find any signs of wear and or use, yet the nitro satin finish has faded a touch – I have exactly the same guitar in the same finish and can report that mine has also faded, probably more so, therefore not unusual and after all most 59 Les Paul’s did likewise – Includes the deluxe PRS tan suede case, which is in excellent condition, you’ll find various paperwork -The original ‘eagle tag’ has gone AWOL, but if you require any verification, plus product info, then the appropriate modcat code can be found in the pick-up cavity if required – It has made a quick visit to my work bench for a new set of 10’s along with a check-up and set-up, so that slick PRS playing action awaits any prospective buyer – And for the weight watchers then how about 8lbs
For over 30 years now, PRS have sold many mighty fine instruments, whilst helping to establish the high grade of craftsmanship and sublime quality that we find on many guitars that are offered for sale today – Yet as time goes by, we may well look back and realise that certain eras will be classed as the PRS golden period – For me, for 3 glorious years, from 2004 until 2007, is such a period, when PRS introduced the original Modern Eagle with a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and neck – If you are looking for a PRS Guitar that captures beauty, blends it with a sublime playing performance, delivers a vintage flavoured tonal character that is loaded with soul, expression and emotion, then the PRS Modern Eagle has very little competition – Vintage buffs like Bernie Marsden have been admirers of the Modern Eagle for many years and can regularly be seen playing his ME for live work – It might not be a firm favourite for metal based fans, but if you have a passion for vintage flavoured tones, then this to me is a PRS Guitar at its absolute best – It has an abundance of soul, expression and emotion built into it
Around 3 or 4 years ago, built around a supply of new old stock (NOS ) wood, PRS released a limited run of Modern Eagles with a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and neck, with a price $7000 tag and only released to the USA market – Today such a price would easily equate to around £7000 in the UK with appropriate taxes, vat and shipping – In my view, the original Modern Eagle Guitars are now under priced, so whilst £4250 is still a lot of money, in 10, 20 or 30 years time, I’m sure you’ll discover what a great investment it will have been, especially when you consider what a master piece you have the pleasure to own – So taking that all into account, then £4250 might be seen as outstanding value
The PRS Modern Eagle also utilises select South American mahogany for the body and whilst prices for raw materials have risen significantly over the last few years, supply is now also restricted and I dare say it won’t be long before such mahogany is also banned courtesy of CITES – Such issues will certainly influence the price of used guitars over the coming years, as these ‘tone woods’ have a mighty influence on the guitars tonal character – If you don’t buy into the theory of ‘tone wood’, then look at an orchestral marimba, or even a glockenspiel, which at its most simplistic form, is just a chunk of wood that you strike to produce a note – So why do they prefer to use the same tone woods that we utilise and lust after on a guitar – TONE AND RESONANCE – It ain’t no BS, or fancy scientific theory, it is just a simple case of music to your ears – And yes, due to CITES, such orchestral products are also having to look elsewhere for other tone woods
Without moving into the range of Private Stock models, in my view, the Modern Eagle represents the finest guitar that PRS have built – Period, fact and no discussion about it – It offers perfection, with an abundance of soul, passion and beauty all built into one sublime package – The solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard is lavished with a set of rippled abalone bird inlays, whilst the Brazilian rosewood headstock facia is also adorned with a rippled abalone eagle inlay – Throughout the guitar, the hardware is a hybrid blend of satin nickel and polished gold, including the PRS 14:1 ratio low mass locking tuners and the PRS light weight, milled aluminium wrapover bridge/tailpiece, along with a pair of covered PRS RP pick-ups that are exclusive to this model – But before we go onto the sound, let’s spend a few minutes looking at that majestic flamed maple top with a traditional flavoured thin satin nitro-cellulose old natural finish – As PRS himself quotes ” There is a tremendous amount of time taken in the finishing of our guitars, I wanted them to ring, so I asked if we could finish them with nitro, sand them down, wax them and kiss ‘me off’ – It looks pretty good and well worth the 2 days it takes to complete to perfection – The back and sides of the body also receive a natural thin satin nitro finish, whilst the Brazilian rosewood neck is just left in its natural format, as per the fingerboard, so it instantly possesses that luxurious played in feel
Tonal Character :- The neck pick-up (measures 8.17K) is brimming with a fat, warm and smooth character, that is very much vintage flavoured, with an extra ounce of articulation, so never at any point does it sound muffled – The bridge pick-up is wound with a few additional windings (measures 8.93K) , to deliver an extra touch of bite and sustain, which I’m sure you’ll require as you rip into some solos passages, but not at the expense of loosing any tone, hence it hangs on to all its natural dynamics, whilst retaining that lush vintage flavour – Push it to 10 and it whaillllllllllls – Playing this instrument through a good amp for a few minutes, you quickly realise that you have probably never had so much musical tone and emotion handed to you on a plate – Back off on the volume pot and you’ll retain the same quality of tone, allowing you to clean up an ‘overdriven’ amp setting, so that you are totally in control of the expression that you require – If that is not enough then lift the tone pot up, to allow you to delve in to the world of single coil, hence some excellent Strat flavoured voices – Maybe not ‘Little Wing’ at its absolute finest, but nevertheless, very good and very useful, so certainly better than many budget priced Strats – This truly is a guitar players guitar and will give pleasure and pride to any owner/collector/player for many years to come – Yes I do own one, have done so for many years and I very much doubt it will ever be offered for sale whilst I’m alive and can still play it
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