Sublime, lush, seductive, divine and elegant are just a few adjectives that might be used to describe any PRS Modern Eagle – This is the original Modern Eagle model, with a date of birth that can be traced back to 2006, with a thin nitro charcoal satin finish, that sits on an enticing highly figured maple top – For a used guitar that is now 13 years old, the overall condition is just about pristine – Even the deluxe PRS suede case is in excellent condition – Be prepared to look very hard to find any hint of a pick mark around the top E string area, between the two humbuckers – Then be prepared to hunt long and hard to find any hint of a graze to the thin nitro satin finish – In fact other than the merest hint of any oxidization on the satin nickel pick up covers, this guitar is in a first class collectors condition – It includes the original Eagle Tag – It has spent some time on 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 – The whole guitar weighs 8lbs and 5oz
For well over 30 years now, PRS have crafted and sold many mighty fine instruments, whilst helping to establish the high grade of craftsmanship and sublime quality, that we now take for granted amongst the premium grade guitars that are offered for sale today – Yet as time moves on, 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 rosewood fingerboard and neck – If you are looking for a PRS Guitar that captures beauty, then blends it with a sublime playing performance, whilst delivering 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 now and he 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 finest – It possesses an abundance of soul, expression and emotion
The PRS Modern Eagle 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 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 such desirable ‘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 with a mallet 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/VIBRANT ACOUSTIC VOICE – 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 custom built range of Private Stock models, in my view, the Modern Eagle represents the finest guitar that PRS have built – It offers perfection, with an abundance of soul, passion and beauty all rolled into one sublime package – The rosewood fingerboard is lavished with a set of rippled abalone bird inlays, whilst the rosewood headstock facia is further adorned with a rippled abalone eagle inlay and note the rosewood truss rod cover – 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, along with the light weight PRS milled aluminium wrapover bridge/tailpiece and ditto for a pair of covered PRS RP pick-ups – But before we go onto the sound, let’s spend a few minutes looking at that highly figured maple top that sits under a thin satin nitro charcoal 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 ‘them off’ – It looks pretty good and well worth the extra time it takes to complete to perfection – The back and sides of the body also receive a natural thin satin nitro finish, whilst the rosewood neck is just left in its natural format, as per the fingerboard, so it instantly possesses that luxurious played in feel – The wide/fat C neck profile measures .885″ around the top nut end and fills out to .940″ around the 12th fret – So despite the ‘wide/fat’ tag, it actually comes in a touch slimmer than the vintage 50’s flavoured necks that Gibson utilise on various replicas – So full, but not a hand full
Tonal Character :- The custom wound neck pick-up (measures 7.9K) 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 custom wound with a few additional windings (measures 8.9K) , 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, which allows you to delve in to the world of single coil, to obtain some excellent Strat flavoured voices – Maybe not ‘Little Wing’ at its absolute finest, but nevertheless very useful and certainly superior to 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, certainly whilst I’m alive and can still play it
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