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New Low Price on this new/ex-display/old stock PRS Artist V Red Tiger – Was £3999 – Now £3599

As an overview, when you see any USA PRS Guitar listed as a Limited Edition, Modern Eagle, Artist Series, Wood Library or Private Stock model, you pretty much know it is going to be exquisite – Maybe the odd Private Stock or Wood Library model can be a touch ostentatious, but beauty is always in the eye of the beholder – This new, but old stock, PRS Artist V, with a lush, red tiger gloss finish, is certainly loaded with the aesthetic qualities, that will appeal to many aficionado’s – First of all let me apologies about the quality of the web site pics, as they do not capture the true beauty of the red tiger finish   – To much exposure and you loose the lush qualities of the red tiger finish – Not enough exposure and you loose the depth of the highly figured maple top – It certainly looks far more appetising when viewed in the flesh

Some may recall that for many years Guitars 4You was a major stockist for new PRS Guitars – For a variety of reasons I decided to withdraw my dealership around 6/7 years ago, but I still maintain a good relationship with the UK team – Every so often, following a ‘spring clean’ in the warehouse, the UK team will come across a few new guitars that have sat in one of the European warehouses – I’m offered the chance to acquire the odd select model from time to time – Some are ex-display, having been utilised at various trade or public guitar shows – Some are the ex magazine review models – Some are new, but even after a final factory QC check, a finish blemish might have been discovered – Either way, I acquire a few tasty pieces from time to time, at a more preferential price – As I mentioned above, this PRS Artist V has never previously been sold from a shop to a customer – Maybe somewhat of a surprise when you take into account that it possesses a 2011 serial number – But an initial quick tour of the gloss finish will reveal little, if any, sign that this Artist V had ever left its case, since leaving the factory in Maryland USA – So look hard to find any hint of a graze, to the top surface of that gloss finish – Certainly no ding/dint  – Maybe it is not quite in that 100% , straight from the box, as new condition, but it is certainly a close call – Complete with the deluxe Artist PRS case, plus the factory swing tag – Re-strung with a set of 10-46 gauge strings and set-up with a slink easy action

The PRS Artist V was released at the 2010 PRS Experience show, at their Maryland factory in the USA – Part of a run of 300 – The last Artist model, 1V, was released around 15 years earlier, so you could say the Artist V was well overdue

The neck profile has the popular regular profile, so a low fluid playing action lies in wait, ready for you to burn up and down that ebony fingerboard as you rip into your party tricks and licks – The regular neck profile will be very popular amongst Strat based players as it has a strong Fender vibe about it, with a nut width that is a touch slimmer than either the popular PRS wide/fat or wide/thin models, yet still possesses a comfortable amount of depth to it with a round C feel about it – As usual the 22 medium jumbo frets are fitted and polished to perfection to allow a well balanced and fluid action and to assist with effortless string bending

Tonal character :-   In-conjunction with the right amp, the Artist V has the ability to provide velvet smooth, warm and rich clean tones, from the custom wound Artist neck humbucker, that are required for jazz/blues/fusion playing styles, as well as clean funky/disco rhythm styles – The slightly hotter Artist bridge pick-up  delivers more bite for clean rock, blues or country styles, whilst retaining the musical warmth and body  – Click on to subtle overdriven amp settings for those  classic blues and rock tones with good natural sustain, or dial in some hi-gain filth from your amp for the  tones adored by the modern contemporary guitarist – The tones from the Artist V are slightly thicker, warmer and smoother, than many of the best selling Custom 22/24 models, so probably more akin to a Gibson 335, hence more articulation and clarity then you’d hear from many Les Paul’s – Due to the quality and taper of both the volume and tone pots on a PRS , you’ll find out that these controls do actually work smoothly as you roll them back from 10 through to 1 – This allows you to control the volume, gain or tonal expression, that you may require from your amp, direct from the guitar itself – As you back off on the volume pot, you’ll notice that the tone does not go mushy, instead it retains its clarity and allows the amp to clean up nicely, allowing you to control the emotion of the tone required- The main strength of the guitar is undoubtedly to provide 3 humbucking voices via the 5 way blade selector switch, from positions 1, 3 and 5 – Yet check out position 2 and 4 on the switch, as it allows you to delve into some split funky tones, as it now offers the neck humbucker, combined with a ‘split’ bridge pick-up  – Or indeed bridge humbucker with a ‘split’ neck pick up – Hence they are ideal for some funky Nile Rodgers style rhythm chops

Sure you can own 2, 3, 4 or more different guitars, each capable of doing a specific job, yet the Artist V as one instrument alone, maybe all that you require – It is not meant to be a ‘tone clone’ of either a Les Paul or a Strat, rather just a great playing instrument with good tonal options and just as original in its own right – In fact the tonal expression possible from a PRS is down to you and the amp you chose to put it through along with how you wish to play it – A good instrument will enrich your playing style not hinder it, allowing you to explore new avenues, with an increased tonal palate and that is what a PRS guitar can offer

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