Short-scale P245 single cutaway electric to make NAMM debut
The 2015 National Association of Music Merchants trade show is but weeks away and Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars will be taking along a rather intriguing vintage-inspired single-cutaway guitar called the P245. What makes this particular solid body PRS interesting is the inclusion of a piezo pickup system in addition to two in-house magnetic humbuckers.
PRS says that the P245 is one of its first models to feature the Paul Reed Smith-designed 58/15 treble and bass pickups, described as having exceptional clarity and focused midrange. By utilizing a separate blend control, players can combine the sounds of the magnetic humbuckers and piezo pickup through a single output jack for tailored versatility, or output the LR Baggs/PRS piezo system via its own instrument jack for "authentic acoustic tones."
The P245 features a 24.5-inch scale, 22-fret mahogany neck topped by a rosewood fingerboard with bird inlays. There's a figured maple top and mahogany back with binding, proprietary adjustable stoptail bridge and Phase III locking tuners in nickel, volume, push/pull tone knobs and a 3-way toggle switch. An Artist edition is also available with an "Artist Grade" flame maple top, similarly select neck and fingerboard woods, and a choice of gold, hybrid or nickel hardware.
The new PRS single-cutaway is scheduled to start shipping in Q1 2015 for a minimum advertised price of US$3,599, but will make its first public appearance ahead of release at the NAMM show this coming January.
Product page: PRS P245