The tone, playability, feel are better than any Strat I’ve ever owned. Choose one of our Private Stock models or let us build your dream instrument. When we canvassed the opinion of highly technical players accustomed to much flatter ’boards, the Silver Sky didn’t present any problems – blues-rockers certainly shouldn’t have any trouble when bending strings here. From there, you need to adjust them up or down until they sound good. Incorporating Mayer and Smith’s favorite elements of 1963 and 1964 instruments with an eye toward modern references, the PRS Silver Sky delivers the warmth and familiarity of an old guitar with the finesse of a brand-new instrument. Whether you are playing with a thumb over the top – as is Mayer’s general way of doing things – or prefer to play full barre chords, you are unimpeded, and the immaculately installed and dressed fretwire definitely helps with clarity and note definition. Get expert advice and take a more casual look behind the scenes. It’s kind of a higher definition Strat to me. January 2017 saw PRS and Mayer unveil the J-MOD 100 signature amp in front of a throng of journalists at the Winter NAMM show and then in June, the Private Stock Super Eagle II arrived with updated woods and aesthetics. Mayer and Smith finally settled on a design that feels Strat-like in the area behind the nut, but offers optimal string length to aid tuning stability and road-friendly headstock-end adjustment for the double-action truss rod. • WEIGHT 7.4lb/3.4kg Let’s rewind the tape for a moment or two and remind ourselves how we got here. Primitive instruments of wood and wire are consigned to history as glossy pop and R&B dominates the airwaves and programmed beats blast out of mobile telephones against the backdrop of the strobing clatter of subway cars. The December 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene. PRS isn’t the first company to take the blueprint of a pre-CBS Stratocaster and address the issues that can make them tricky beasts to tame while out on the road facing changing levels of heat and humidity. Set up as supplied from the factory there’s just the right amount of fight and bounce from the 0.010 gauge strings. Of course, it’s not the first time that Smith has designed a three-single coil, bolt-on neck, alder body electric, and in hindsight 2010’s DC3 (whose ergonomic pickup selector switch tip survives on the Silver Sky) feels like an evolutionary step towards this much more Fender-like PRS. Here’s a Part 1 guide to the man jokingly dubbed Slowhand. Right? Marketing neck, bodies and parts back in the '70s, Schecter booked its place in Strat-alike history. Despite several vaccines on the horizon, is it still apocalypse right now for the UK live music industry? Read our official news stories and product announcements. • NECK WIDTH 41.6mm at nut, 52mm at 12th fret Both neck shapes were designed by researching vintage instruments and Mayer test-driving guitars on stage to find what felt right. Read our interview with Paul Reed Smith here. The heel is also more rounded and although there’s a small gap between the body lip and the neck on the treble side of the pocket that it’s possible to slide a piece of paper into, we’ve encountered monster-sounding vintage bolt-ons that have considerably bigger gaps around the neck join. For a man who only turned 40 in 2017 he’s packed an awful lot in – and that’s before you consider the forays into writing, stand up comedy, horology and plenty more besides. Both Super Eagle models are extraordinary guitars with interesting specifications including a 25.375-inch scale length, ultra-versatile switching and an onboard preamp. The latest guitar news, reviews and features delivered to your inbox. We provide insight and opinion about gear, artists, technique and the guitar industry for all genres and skill levels. • DESCRIPTION Solidbody double-cutaway electric guitar. PRS premium gig bag included. Testament legend Alex Skolnick on discovering his inner jazz cat, different rigs for different moods and the influence of Eddie Van Halen. The guitar is a rare example of a 1954 Stratocaster with a hardtail bridge. • PRICE £2,299 (first 500 include hardshell case, following models ship in premium gigbag) More Silver Sky (vs. a CS Strat) Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Lobomov, Mar 15, 2018. Signature Club is open to anyone with an interest in PRS. Mayer’s own pre-CBS guitars were key reference points during the design process, so for the purposes of this review we compared the Silver Sky to a 1963 Stratocaster owned by a member of The Guitar Magazine team. From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. Granted I haven’t played it much yet but I have played guitar for many decades and play a variety of guitars daily; you will have to ‘fight’ the Silver Sky like a good old Strat …