Today, as far as PRS concerned, their offering with regards to ‘Strat’ influenced bolt-on maple neck models, revolves around the John Mayer Silver Sky Signature model, plus the under-rated Mark Lettieri Fiori signature model – Prior to this, PRS had some success with the Swamp Ash model, followed by the NF3 and DC3 models – But it all started, over 30 years ago, with the original USA EG models – Various models were released, all essentially the same quality, spec and price, but offered with a choice of pick-up variations – At the time, the EG models also represented a more budget based USA model – Remember no SE models from the Far East, or S2 models from the USA, back then – Initially a few EG prototype models were built, along with the idea of having the bodies and necks made in Canada or Japan, then shipped to the USA, to be finished and assembled accordingly in Annapolis – But such a project never came to fruition – Joe Knaggs was the driving force behind the EG models, with the whole production to remain in the USA – At the time, the EG models were never considered a successful package, yet it is worth remembering back then, that the PRS facility, at Virginia Ave, Annapolis, was a lot smaller than today’s facility, so production runs were a lot smaller than today, across the whole product range – As such numbers produced were low for all the EG models- But today that means there is a growing fan club for such models, with some collectors trying to collect the set – So now time to introduce you to this used PRS EG4, with a cool gold mist finish – So in no particular order, read below a host of product details :-
- Whole guitar weighs 7lbs and 6oz
- Classic construction with an alder body, maple neck and a 22 fret rosewood fingerboard
- Gold mist metallic finish
- 10″ fingerboard radius
- Set of 22 medium jumbo frets
- Note 1 11/16″ nut width – So Gibson fingerboard width, as per many PRS models with the wide/thin or wide/fat neck profile This has more of a wide/thin profile – measures .816″ around the top nut end, then gently fattens out to .868″ around the 12th fret – hence more of a slim profile
- Neck finish has more of a ‘satin’ silky smooth played in character – Suspect this is more due to a previous owner ‘cutting back’ the finish as against just natural playing wear
- Early + small PRS signature on the head stock facia
- Schaller non locking tuners
- One piece PRS Milcom tremelo, with brass saddles
- When I acquired the guitar, I had a good luck around the whole build etc, including looking under the scratch plate – To be honest, the wiring was a bit of a mess and had obviously been customised and played around with – Sometimes, such a ‘mess’ means it is better to strip it back and start again – Plus the original switch was faulty – So now fitted with a new switch and wired with the first tone pot working the neck/middle single coil pick-ups and the bridge pick-up wired to the bottom tone pot
- Now fitted with a set of 3 Seymour Duncan pick-ups – 2 single coil models that measure 5.93K and 6.17K (Note rwrp middle pick-up) – Along with a humbucker, shows as a JB model, that measures 16.10K
- Re-strung with 10-46 gauge strings and set-up with a fairly slinky + easy action
- Includes a non-original PRS SE padded gig bag
- Condition wise – No fret wear – Overall you’d say used but not abused – Probably more in line with what Fender Custom Shop say is a ‘Journeyman Relic’ finish – So a few nicks, compression marks and grazes – So character wear but not excessive I suppose the changes to the pick-ups/wiring loom it will make such a guitar appeal more to a player, rather than an out and out collector
Tonal character :- It is obviously a ‘hot Strat’ influenced guitar with the HSS format – So no surprises what so ever – Funky single coil tones with more kick and oooomph from the humbucker – All controlled via 5 way switch – Wired with a master volume pot, with a tone pot for the 2 single coil pick-ups and the humbucker having its own tone pot – The HSS format will always appeal more to a pop/rock player, rather than a pure ‘vintage’ fan , especially when you add some overdrive on the amp – Yet funky ‘Chic’ rhythm voices are there to use as required, as are those percussive SRV Texas Blues shuffle rhythm sounds, via the neck pick-up – But select the bridge pick-up for more kick, dirt, as required – Overall a versatile package, and currently still far more affordable than most other early PRS models from Annapolis
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