I first played a PRS Modern Eagle around 2004 and have been a converted fan ever since – I now own a Modern Eagle and have done so for around 12 years or so – So can I tempt you to buy this used PRS Modern Eagle, from 2006, with a faded blue jean finish – Faded blue jean is the official name for this finish and the word ‘faded’ is very apt – My Modern Eagle is the same colour and has ‘further faded’ in exactly the same way – In a way it captures the ‘unburst fade of the classic flame top LP’s from the late 50’s – It has been played, so won’t quite acquire that ‘as new condition’ tag – Yet equally it has been cared for, so any wear ‘n’ tear is on the lighter side – Look on the rear of the body and you’ll find some minor signs of ‘buckle’ wear – Just light compression marks to the top surface, so nothing nasty and my web site pics will barely show such signs – The finish on the figure maple top is very clean and only a detailed search will show any hint of a blemish – Overall the nitro satin finish has acquired a ‘buffed up sheen’ to it, due to a previous owner polishing it on a regular basis – Hint of oxidization to the nickel/gold hybrid hardware – Frets are fine – It has paid 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 – I’m sure weight watchers will be okay with this Eagle coming in at 8lbs and 6oz – Includes the deluxe PRS suede case, various paperwork including the appropriate eagle tag – Currently fitted with a set of Schaller strap locks, but the original strap buttons are still included within the case accessory pocket
For over 30 years now, PRS have sold many mighty fine instruments, whilst helping to establish the high grade of craftsmanship, that we now take for granted within today’s market place – Yet as time goes 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 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
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 also restricted and I dare say it won’t be to 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 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 – It delivers perfection, with an abundance of soul, passion and beauty, all built into one sublime package – The dark and smooth 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 highly figured maple top, that sits under a thin satin nitro-cellulose 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” – The Modern Eagle is spec’d with a wide/fat profile, as found on the McCarty models, many Custom 22 models and many Singlecut models – It measures .864″ around the top nut end and fattens out to .945″ around the 12th fret – Wide/fat might imply a chunky neck, yet in reality such a profile comes in a touch slimmer than a Gibson 50’s profile – So yes it has some meat on it, but it feels comfortable and easy to handle
Tonal Character :- The neck pick-up (measures 7.94K) 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 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 – Note the treble bleed cap on the volume pot, so it will preserves its highs, as and when you roll off on the volume pot – 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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