Private Stock 509

May 2016 Guitar of the Month

  • Versatile Electronics Configuration
  • Gen III Tremolo with Locking Saddles
  • 10 Piece Limited Production
Private Stock 509

Modern Versatility

Private Stock 509

In the spirit of Private Stock’s ever forward-thinking designs, welcome May 2016’s Guitar of the Month: the 509. The 509 starts with a 5 single coil platform – with the outside two coils grouped as humbuckers. With its longer scale length (25.25”), middle single coil pickup, and two mini-toggle coil-tap switches, the 509 is perfect for single coil players who want the added tonal versatility of humbucking and humbucking + single coil sounds in one guitar. Additional premium Private Stock specification include a Private Stock grade curly maple top with African ribbon mahogany back, curly maple neck with kingwood fingerboard, headstock veneer, and truss rod cover, mother of pearl purfling, side dots, and inlays, and the Private Stock Gen III Tremolo. The May 509 models will be finished in Imperial Purple Smoked Burst. Only ten of these instruments will be made for May 2016, commemorating Private Stock’s 20th Anniversary.

The original Guitars of the Month were cased between December 1994 and March 1996. They provided the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and led directly to the creation of the Private Stock program, with the first “official” Private Stock instrument casing on April 19, 1996.

Five Pickups, Nine Sounds

  • 5-Way Blade P1, Mini-Toggle Up: Treble Pickup Single Coil
  • 5-Way Blade P1, Mini-Toggle Down: Treble Pickup Humbucking
  • 5-Way Blade P2, Mini-Toggle Up: Treble Pickup Singe Coil + Middle Pickup
  • 5-Way Blade P2, Mini-Toggle Down: Treble Pickup Humbucking + Middle Pickup
  • 5-Way Blade P3: Middle Pickup
  • 5-Way Blade P4, Mini-Toggle Up: Middle Pickup + Bass Pickup Single Coil
  • 5-Way Blade P4, Mini-Toggle Down: Middle Pickup + Bass Pickup Humbucking
  • 5-Way Blade P5, Mini-Toggle Up: Bass Pickup Single Coil
  • 5-Way Blade P5, Mini-Toggle Down: Bass Pickup Humbucking

Private Stock Guitar of the Month

The original Guitars of the Month were cased between December 1994 and March 1996. They provided the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and led directly to the Private Stock to the creation of the Private Stock program with the first “official” Private Stock instrument casing on April 19, 1996.

“At the time, the original Guitars of the Month program was a way for us to experiment with new designs and features. To this day, that innovation and specialization is still at the heart of the Private Stock program, and we are very excited to try out some new ideas for our 20th Anniversary year.” – Paul Reed Smith

  • January 2016 Private Stock Guitar of the Month

    January 2016 Hollowbody Bass 4

  • February 2016 Private Stock Guitar of the Month

    February 2016 McCarty 594

  • March 2016 Private Stock Guitar of the Month

    March 2016 Maple Top Singlecut Archtop

  • April 2016 DGT Birds of a Feather Semi-Hollow

    April 2016 DGT Birds of a Feather Semi-Hollow

  • May 2016 509

    May 2016 509

  • June 2016

    June 2016 Paul's Guitar

  • July 2016

    July 2016 Grainger 5 Fretless Bass

  • August 2016

    August 2016 Custom 24 8-String

  • September 2016

    September 2016 24 Fret McCarty Singlecut Trem

  • October 2016

    October 2016 Lotus Knot Custom 24

  • November 2016

    November 2016 Singlecut McCarty 594

  • December 2016

    December 2016 Hollowbody II

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Specifications

Top Wood Curly Maple Top
Back Wood African Ribbon Mahogany Back and Backplates
Scale Length 25.25"
Neck Wood Curly Maple
Neck Shape Pattern Regular
Fretboard Wood Kingwood with Mother of Pearl Purfling and Sidedots
Headstock Veneer Kingwood with Mother of Pearl Purfling and Mother of Pearl “Old School” Etched Private Stock Eagle with a Mother of Pearl “May” Engraved “New” Banner
Inlays Mother of Pearl “Old School” Etched Birds
Truss Rod Cover Kingwood with Mother of Pearl Purfling
Pickups and Electronics 509 pickups with Volume and Tone Controls, 5-Way Blade Switch, and Two Mini Coil-Tap Switches
Bridge Gen III Tremolo with Locking Saddles
Tuners Phase III Locking Tuners with Kingwood Buttons
Strings 10 Gauge Strings
Finish High Gloss Nitro
Case Private Stock 20th Anniversary Brown Western Tolex Case
Private Stock 509

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