On October 7th, 2013, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York accepted a Paul Reed Smith electric guitar, Acoustic Steel String guitar, and Acoustic Classical Nylon String guitar into its permanent collection. The presentation of the electric guitar included a public performance and demonstration of the guitar by PRS Artist and world-renowned guitarist John McLaughlin.
The custom made guitars were built by PRS Private Stock luthiers and made from the finest instrument grade woods. The electric guitar was built with American curly maple for the neck, ebony for the fretboard and headstock veneer, European red curly maple for the top, African ribbon mahogany for the back and red heart abalone side body purfling. The “Museum Bird” inlays, specially designed for this instrument, were cut from mammoth ivory which is found regularly in arctic ice. The neck carve, 25” scale length, PRS narrow “408” pickups, electronics, knobs, and PRS designed stoptail bridge with brass inserts are all standard appointments for PRS. The guitar features a specially designed light tiger eye micro burst finish with natural binding.