Hard to believe it is now around 23 years ago that PRS first released the Singlecut model – With a date of birth of 2000, this PRS Singlecut is therefore a very early example, from the first year of production – Today, some players like to tag these as the Pre-Law Suit model – As a reference point, if it helps you date your guitar to a specific period of time, then all well and good – However, the Pre-Law Suit tag does not enhance the guitars playing performance, the tonal character, the build quality, or indeed its value by one extra ounce – Regarding the original PRS Singlecut model, pre or post law suit, it is the same guitar – Granted shortly after the court case, PRS discontinued the original Singlecut model, in favour of a vintage flavoured SC245 and a modern flavoured SC250 – To me, this is the Singlecut model to go for – It is more than capable of applying itself to work in both the vintage and modern camps – With new prices escalating in recent years, then a used original Singlecut model, at £2190, represents outstanding value
Condition wise this Singlecut is used but not abused – Look at the figured maple top and you’ll just about find a few light compression marks to the top surface of the gloss finish – Nothing nasty and nothing that has penetrated the finish/colour itself – Look on the rim of the mahogany body and again you’ll pick up signs of the odd subtle graze to the top surface of the finish – Likewise look at the rear of the body and any buckle wear/compression marks are more subtle than nasty – Look at the headstock, around the low E string corner and you’ll note a small nick – This is probably the largest blemish on the guitar – As I said above, as an overview, used but not abused is more than fair – You’ll find the usual signs of oxidization to the nickel hardware – Frets are fine, plus no nail wear to the fingerboard – Fitted with a new set of 10’s, then set up with a fluid easy action, that responds to a light touch, so it is already to go – Includes the appropriate deluxe PRS case – It has lost its original factory tag, but look inside the bridge pick-up cavity (see web site pic) and you’ll find the appropriate modcat code, which actually supplies far more data than the tag and of course adds appropriate authenticity, if required
The figured maple top possesses plenty of character, without looking over the top – As such it retains a traditional appearance, which is certainly endorsed by a classic cherry sunburst finish – Whilst the dot inlays on the dark plus smooth rosewood fingerboard, keep the overall vibe simple and stylish, without the usual glitz and glamour – Remember the original Singlecut models are not chambered, so you get the full weight of the one piece mahogany body which adds some girth to the tone – It sits on my digital scales at 9lbs and 2oz, so very much par for the course regarding many LP flavoured guitar – Traditional LP influences continue with a one piece mahogany body and like many PRS Guitars, a 25″ scale length – Fitted with a complete set of nickel hardware including a set of ‘Kluson’ style non locking tuners, the lightweight, wrap-over bridge tailpiece, that is milled from a single piece of aluminium
A pair of PRS No.7 humbuckers, complete with nickel silver covers, sit at the heart of the engine room – The neck pick-up is loaded with those fat, smooth and lush vintage based tones with great articulation and no shortage of output and sustain – Whilst the bridge pick-up is hot and full bodied, with smooth upper mids and highs, plus clear tight lows, that ensures it will be adored by the modern rock player who wants that extra grunt, without losing any musical warmth – The 25″ scale length ensures that it ideal for any players who wish to drop tune, as it still remains tight and articulate, so as to allow those big crunching riffs to cut through the mix – The clean tones on either pick-up are warm enough to please those looking to relax and delve into chilled out blues or jazz licks – But kick on the ‘dirt ‘ channel on your amp, or pedal, for some great rock tones, with vintage flavoured tones oozing out of the neck pick-up, with plenty of that throaty bite, sustain and articulation from the bridge pick-up, that makes it excellent for crunch chord work, riffs, or scorching lead work – Both volume pots have a treble bleed capacitor fitted, so that it will retains its clarity as you ‘roll them off’ a touch – This now allows you to set up the amp with some overdrive, then adjust the guitars volume pots for a full on approach, or a softer more chilled out approach, with less gain, yet still preserves the guitars full expressive qualities – As such you and the guitar are in total control of all the emotion, soul and expression that it can deliver
The guitar has been re-strung with 10’s and set-up with a very fluid playing action throughout the length of the 22 fret rosewood fingerboard – The mahogany neck features the wide/fat profile, which instantly feels comfortable in the palm of your hand – Measures .876″ around the top nut end, then gently fatten sout to .982″ around the 12th fret – Despite the phrase ‘wide/fat’ it is actually a tad slimmer than most Gibson necks – So enough girth to give substance and aide tone and stability, but not to the extent that it will impede your playing- With a chunky set of frets, that are correctly profiled and polished to perfection, then string bending is effortless, even with a set of 10’s, whilst a slick action is part and parcel of any PRS Guitar
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