When a selection of wide-curl maple tops were making their way into the Private Stock Wood Vault, Paul Reed Smith knew they should be saved for something special. That special something ended up being the Paul’s 85.
Paul’s 85 are a special run of Private Stock guitars, painstakingly spec’d by Paul Reed Smith and meticulously crafted by the Private Stock team. Paul picked the tops, the selection of woods, assisted on the neck shapes of every guitar, spec’d the pickups, and played and adjusted each guitar until it was “right.” The team executed each detail while he looked after each instrument on a daily basis
85 Pieces Worldwide | Handpicked Wide-Curl Private Stock Tops | The Ultimate “Paul’s Guitar”
The chosen specifications also include dark Peruvian mahogany necks, Honduran rosewood fretboards and headstock veneers, solid red abalone birds with mother of pearl outlines, bone nuts, vintage-style tuning pegs, and aluminum stoptail bridges with brass inserts and brass studs.
Every piece of guitar-making knowledge at PRS is also in these guitars: the wood drying methods, the feel of the neck, the color and stain technique (Electric Tiger Glow – an exquisite stain and spray technique that accentuates the beautiful wide curl maple), the finish (a very special paper-thin, vintage-formula nitrocellulose that will crack over time), and the pickups (PRS TCI pickups that were spec’d to be full, clear, and musical).
These guitars are available exclusively through Authorized PRS Private Stock dealers, and there are only 85 of them worldwide.
- African Mahogany body with Figured Maple Top
- Dark Peruvian Mahogany Neck
- Honduran Rosewood Fretboard with Figured Maple Binding
- Pattern Neck Shape
- 22 Frets
- 25" Scale Length
- Solid Abalone Birds Inlays with Mother of Pearl Outlines
- Honduran Rosewood Headstock Veneer with Figured Maple Binding
- Solid Abalone Private Stock Eagle Headstock Inlay with Mother of Pearl Outline
- PRS Stoptail Bridge with Brass Inserts and Brass Studs
- Vintage-Style Tuners
- “1985” in solid Abalone with MOP outlines Truss Rod Cover
- Nickel Hardware
- TCI Treble & TCI Bass Pickups
- Volume and Tone Control with 3-way Toggle Switch and Two Mini-ToggleCoil-Tap Switches
- Paisley Hardshell Case
- High-Gloss Nitro Electric Tiger Glow