S2 Series Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does S2 stand for?

S2 stands for "Stevensville 2." When developing this series, it became apparent that we would have to run these guitars through a dedicated line, so we tooled up a separate manufacturing line that runs parallel to our Core line in our Stevensville, Maryland, USA shop.

2. What are S2 tuners?

S2 Tuners are a proprietary tuner that is highly reminiscent of our Phase II locking tuner. They are closed back and follow many of Paul Smith’s "tweaks" including unplated brass shafts and specially–configured internal construction. The locking mechanism itself is identical to the one used on our Core guitars, which helps the guitar stay in tune.

3. How is my Starla different from a Starla S2?

The S2 Series was designed for a new audience. The instruments in the S2 Series have all the tone and playability that our Core guitars feature. The guitars and options have been streamlined, in part by simplifying the body carve, standardizing the neck scale length and shape, utilizing a new finish process, and using a mix of Core and new hardware.

Body Carve: The original Starla featured a more complicated, violin–style carved top. The S2 Starla features a more streamlined, beveled carve.

Scale Length and Neck Shape: The original Starla has a 24.5" scale length Pattern neck. At this point, all of the guitars in the S2 Series (including the Starla) incorporate a 25" scale length Pattern Regular neck to streamline the manufacturing process.

Finish: The S2 Starla, along with the entire S2 Series, incorporates a new finish system where the color coat is embedded under a polyester basecoat and completed with an ultra–thin layer of acrylic urethane topcoat.

Bridge: Both the Starla and S2 Starla use a Tune–o–matic bridge. The tailpiece on the original Starla is a Bigsby B5, and the tailpiece on the S2 Starla is a Bigsby B50.

Tuners: The original Starla features Vintage–style tuners. The S2 Starla, along with the entire S2 Series, feature S2 locking tuners.

Pickguard Assembly: The electronics control layout is identical to the layout on the original Starla (volume, push/pull tone, 3–way blade switch). The pickups and specific switches have been sourced to very closely replicate those offered on our Core line. The pickups and electronics are mounted to an integrated pickguard assembly.

4. How is my Mira different from a Mira S2?

The S2 Series was designed for a new audience. The instruments in the S2 Series have all the tone and playability that our Core guitars feature. The guitars and options have been streamlined, in part by simplifying the body carve, standardizing the neck scale length and shape, utilizing a new finish process, and using a mix of Core and new hardware.

Body Carve: The original Mira features a more complicated, violin–style carved top. The S2 Mira features a more streamlined, beveled carve.

Number of Frets and Neck Shape: The original Mira has a 24–fret neck (with either a Pattern Thin or Pattern Regular neck shape). At this point, all of the guitars in the S2 Series (including the Mira) incorporate a 22–fret Pattern Regular neck to streamline the manufacturing process.

Finish: The S2 Mira, along with the entire S2 Series, incorporates a new finish system where the color coat is embedded under a polyester basecoat and completed with an ultra–thin layer of acrylic urethane topcoat.

Tuners: The original Mira features PRS Phase III tuners. The S2 Mira, along with the entire S2 Series, feature S2 locking tuners.

Pickguard Assembly: The electronics control functionality is identical to the Core Mira (volume, push/pull tone (replacing the mini–toggle coil tap), and 3–way blade switch). The pickups and specific switches have been sourced to very closely replicate those offered on our Core line. The pickups and electronics are mounted to an integrated pickguard assembly.

5. How is my Custom 24 different from an S2 Custom 24?

The S2 Series was designed for a new audience. The instruments in the S2 Series have all the tone and playability that our Core guitars feature. The guitars and options have been streamlined, in part by simplifying the body carve, standardizing the neck scale length and shape, utilizing a new finish process, and using a mix of Core and new hardware.

Body Carve: The Custom 24 features a complicated, violin carve. The S2 Custom 24 features a streamlined, beveled carve.

Maple Grading: The maple on an S2 Custom 24 is reminiscent in grade to our CE bolt–on guitars.

Neck Shape: Our Core Custom 24 is available in a variety of neck carves. The S2 Custom 24, along with all of the guitars in the S2 Series, incorporates a 25" scale length Pattern Regular neck to streamline the manufacturing process.

Finish: The S2 Custom 24, along with the entire S2 Series, incorporates a new finish system where the color coat is embedded under a polyester basecoat and completed with an ultra–thin layer of acrylic urethane topcoat.

Bridge: The S2 Custom 24 features the same tried–and–true PRS tremolo that has been found on the SE line for more than a decade.

Tuners: The Core Custom 24 features PRS Phase III tuners. The S2 Custom 24, along with the entire S2 Series, features S2 locking tuners.

Pickups: The pickups on the S2 Custom 24 are S2 HFS treble and S2 Vintage Bass.

Electronics Switching: The S2 Custom 24 has a volume, push/pull tone, and 3–way blade pickup switch.

6. How were you able to come to market in this new price point without sacrificing quality?

When designing, sourcing, and building the S2 Series, we were encouraged and excited to build quality instruments that were both inspired by our Core line but also truly new for PRS. Along with designing the instruments, we designed new manufacturing techniques. This new streamlined process reduced the amount of manufacturing hours with no compromise to the integrity of the instruments.

The two most significant ways that allowed us to streamline manufacturing are:

Neck construction: On the PRS S2 series, the neck begins with a quartersawn mahogany neck blank. That blank is cut, the headstock is scarfed, and the heel is built up using a plain splice. (A scarf joint is made up of two pieces of wood that are cut at complementary angles and glued together. A plain splice is a joining of two pieces of wood in the same line). These construction methods allow us to start with a smaller amount of raw materials, and the increased glue surface area results in a very strong joint. In addition to this technique, we also fret and radius the fretboard before joining it to the neck, which results in a very efficient, cohesive manufacturing process that creates a durable, comfortable, playable neck.

New finish process: The entire S2 Series incorporates a new finish system where the color coat is embedded under a polyester basecoat and completed with an ultra–thin layer of acrylic urethane topcoat.