To know Paul Reed Smith is to know a man who is always pushing the proverbial envelope. His persistent desire to explore and discover is a huge part of PRS Guitars. So, when Paul and the R&D team ramped up their dissection and testing of pickups a couple years ago, it became very clear very quickly that something new was about to be born. Enter PRS 58/15 and 85/15 pickups – both introduced for PRS’s 30th Anniversary year.
This limited run is a culmination of various features from the PRS Custom 24 over the past 30 years and built around the more vintage-voiced 58/15 pickups, which have exceptional clarity and focused midrange. Paul describes them as, “very consistent, ‘best-of’ PAF-style pickups.”
Other unique appointments on these instruments include solid shell bird inlays (similar to those found on Paul’s Pre-Factory and early production guitars), a preview of the new headstock signature inlay, and the Gen III PRS patented tremolo.
The PRS 58/15 limited run will total 150 pieces worldwide: 50 of each color, 25 of each color having a Pattern Regular neck carve with Solid Shell “Blue Purple” Red Abalone Bird inlays and 25 having a Pattern Thin neck carve with Solid Shell “Dark Special” Red Abalone Bird inlays.
The PRS 58/15 is available in the following colors:
- Black Gold Burst with Natural Binding
- Charcoal Burst
- Faded Whale Blue with Natural Back
- Top Wood: Artist Grade Figured Maple
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Number of Frets: 24
- Scale Length: 25″
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard Wood: Gaboon Ebony
- Fretboard Inlays: Solid Shell “Blue Purple” Red Abalone Birds (Pattern Regular neck) or Solid Shell “Dark Special” Red Abalone Birds (Pattern Thin neck)
- Headstock Veneer: Gaboon Ebony
- Headstock Veneer Inlay: Green Abalone Signature
- Neck Shape: Pattern Regular or Pattern Thin
- Bridge: Gen III PRS Patented Tremolo
- Tuners: PRS Phase III Locking Tuners
- Hardware Type: Hybrid
- Treble Pickup: PRS 58/15 Treble
- Bass Pickup: PRS 58/15 Bass
- Controls: Volume and Push-Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
GEN III TREMOLO
Rest assured, the Gen III trem functions in all the same ways as the PRS patented tremolo system always has. As always, the bridge is machined brass, a metal that rings beautifully. The block, intonation screws, height-adjustment screws, and the string slots on the saddles are all left un-plated for increased sustain and fidelity of tone.
A. The mounting screw holes are countersunk from underneath, creating a knife-edge set-up that ensures the bridge will return to pitch after use.
B. The bridge’s sidewalls create a pocket that keeps the six individually adjustable saddles from moving sideways, thereby eliminating another traditional cause of tuning instability.
C. The saddles feature a compound radius so that the string breaks across the saddle at the optimum angle for contact and vibration transfer through the bridge. The Private Stock Gen III Trem also features locking saddles. These saddles hold the ball ends in place preventing any movement in the block and further ensuring the guitar returns to pitch after use.
D. The tremolo arm is unthreaded and features a small set screw that allows the player to customize the feel of the arm and find a comfortable playing position. The Gen III trem also has a few notable updates that further support the fidelity of the guitar’s tone and maximize sustain.
E. The mounting screws have been redesigned with larger thread and a larger custom head. This added mass creates more contact from the screw to the bridge and the guitar’s body, resulting in greater sustain.
F. Grooves have been added to the bridge plate. The grooves are radiused to match the radius of the height
adjustment screws, again so there is more contact and a better fit.
Of course, nothing that we or a video can say will be better than going to your local music shop and see and feel and test a PRS 58/15 by yourself, nothing can be better than your own judgement. With our review, we try to help you make a decision but we always advise you to try the guitar by yourself before buying.
Check the video below for more information and to hear the different sounds you can get from the PRS 58/15.