Trying to find an original PRS 513 Rosewood (with the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and neck) is now becoming somewhat of a rare event, so aren’t we the lucky guys in acquiring this delightful example – Both collectors and players are getting into the act of acquiring a 513, whilst the original version with Brazilian rosewood is now highly sought after – With a 2004 date of birth, hence around 13 years old, you may well expect it to possess a few grazes, but an initial tour of the shiny gloss finish will reveal that it has been well cared for – Only very close scrutiny will reveal light, and I mean light, hints of any wear to the top surface of the gloss finish – Ding and dint free – Hint of the usual tarnish to the nickel hardware – Note the signed by PRS control plate (I assume Kevin was a previous owner) – Offered for sale complete with a clean deluxe hard shell case and tags
That scrumptious tightly flamed maple top, decked out with a classic dark cherry sunburst finish, sure looks easy on the eye – It looks far more appetizing when viewed in the flesh as the pics don’t do it justice – One piece mahogany body (whole guitar weighs 9lbs and 3oz – 513’s do tend to weigh a touch more than other PRS Guitars inc Custom 22 and 24’s) – One piece Brazilian rosewood neck with a ‘513’ neck profile – 25 1/4″ scale length – The 22 fret Brazilian rosewood fingerboard is impeccably embellished with a set of special 513 gold mother of pearl bird inlays – The headstock features a matching Brazilian rosewood headstock facia, along with a gold mother of pearl inlay for the PRS signature logo – Also take note of the ‘513’ inlay on the Brazilian rosewood truss rod cover – The nickel hardware includes a set of PRS 14:1 ratio locking tuners, plus the PRS patented modern fulcrum tremelo system, that incorporates a set of 6 milled brass bridge saddles – The easy to use integrated electronics package delivers 13 modern + vintage tones via the 5 proprietary pickups – The 5 way switch is a regular pick-up selector, whilst the 3 way ‘mode’ switch allows you to select between single coil, clear/vintage humbucking or modern/heavy humbucking modes – More on the playing and tonal performance below, but as an overview, endless options are only limited by your imagination – This is the guitar that takes you from the single land of Little Wing or Gilmour, to the humbucking land of Santana and EVH, in just a few switch changes
513 Performance characteristics :-
The 513 has a fairly unique neck profile within the PRS product range, with a nut width of 42.4mm that is just a tad slimmer than the best selling PRS wide/fat or wide/thin neck profile, all of which puts it more firmly in the Strat territory, albeit with a touch more depth – With a Fender-esq 25 1/4″ scale length and factory set-up with a set of 10’s, the 513 has more of a slightly stiffer feel about it, compared to other PRS models, yet the action is still just as fluid and easy going throughout the length of the fingerboard – String bending and controlled vibrato are effortless, due in part to the 10″ fingerboard radius + medium jumbo frets, so no choking when ripping into some of those big blues bends – The combination of the PRS tremelo system and locking tuners ensures trouble free tuning for all but excessive use of the trem arm – The tremelo itself has a nice, smooth and positive feel about it, allowing for both up and down movement
Tonal character :- The guitar is worth its selling price alone, just on the tonal options that are possible from a 513 – The single coil tones that are available on the 513 are amazingly Strat-like, more akin to the warmer and darker tones found on a rosewood fingerboard 60’s Strat, with crystal clear sparkling highs – Are they exact DNA replicas of a Fender Strat tone? – Probably not, just different and I mean different in a good sense as there is not a definitive Strat tone anyway, as different periods have a slightly different flavour, but think Stevie Ray Vaughan and/or Dave Gilmour and your getting pretty close – Move the 3 way ‘mode’ switch to the middle position and the 2 sets of single coil pick-ups that are perched next to the neck and bridge now become two different vintage based humbuckers – The tone perhaps leans more towards the vibe of a semi acoustic 335 style in that they possess more clarity, with less moody mids than you’ll find on many Les Paul’s – Rich and warm in the neck position with a tad more bite and sustain in the bridge position, yet still with excellent articulation – Even playing chords around or above the 12 fret area, you’ll hear excellent string separation and a piano like chime
Remember that even with the ‘mode’ switch set in position 2 or 3, to deliver the humbucking tones, by changing the 5 way pick-up selector switch, to position 2 or 4, you can still obtain the classic ‘out of phase’ Strat flavoured tones – Finally when you move the 3 way ‘mode’ switch to position 3, the humbuckers now become hotter with more windings – This is the screaming modern humbucking option, often preferred by contemporary or modern guitarist – Whilst you can use this tone on clean amp settings, it can sound a touch hard, yet add the overdrive on your amp or pedal and screaming lead tones, full of rich harmonics become apparent – This is not a jack of all trades, master of none, it is a very flexible professional tool which should give any guitarists years of pleasure – On either of the tonal positions that you select on the mode switch, you’ll find the volume and tone pots very effective and linear, in that if you back off on the volume pot the tone will stay nice and clear and not go all mushy on you – This is very useful on overdriven amp settings, giving you different levels of expression as it allows an overdriven amp setting to clean up – All controlled via you and the guitar – Endless options, limited only by your imagination
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