Meet The New 2017 PRS Model Lineup

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PRS 2017 Lineup

Last month saw the release of the 2017 PRS SE Series, which included new pickups and a new headstock design. Today, we unveil the Core and S2 Series electric guitar line up for 2017, which brings with it both entirely new models and some subtle refinements. The highlights for the 2017 lineup include the introduction of the McCarty Singlecut 594, 509, Santana Retro, new Gen III tremolo bridge for Core guitars, and new pickups for the S2 Series! Let's take a closer look at the lineup changes below!

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Singlecut McCarty 594

The original McCarty 594 was released in 2016 with an excited response from artists and players around the globe. Our goal? Bring vintage tone and feel to these new guitars and craft them with today's manufacturing quality and reliability. 

John Mayer commented, “To hear that old PAF sound but be able to articulate the notes in a way that only modern manufacturing could allow is so exciting,” 

To reach singlecut lovers and vintage-guitar buffs alike, we are now offering a singlecut version of the McCarty 594. This new guitar was first developed through our custom shop (Private Stock) and released as the November 2016 "Guitar of The Month".

We love the tone and think it will feel instantly comfortable in your hands! 

 

509

The 509 is another new model for 2017 that began as a Private Stock "Guitar of the Month" and we think it's one of the most versatile guitars in the PRS Core line up!

509 means 5 pickups, 9 sounds! It starts with a 5 single coil platform – with the outside four coils grouped as humbuckers. The 509 has an innovative switching system (a 5-way blade switch and two mini-toggle coil-tap switches), to gives players an array of humbucking, singlecoil, and blended tones. If you can only bring one guitar on tour or into the studio, this may be the one for you!

“The 509 is a "Swiss-army-knife" five pickup/nine sound instrument with a highly-usable switching system that has evolved in recent years through experimentation, feedback, and experience. I believe the 509 will feel right at home to players who want a longer 25.25” scale guitar with this pickup configuration, but also want several more musical sounds,” said Paul Reed Smith.

Players familiar with PRS will recognize this as a marriage of our 513 and 408 models that celebrates the best of those two models in one guitar.

Santana Retro

Over the past 30+ years, Carlos Santana and Paul Reed Smith's relationship has had an incredible impact on the development of new and unique instruments. The Santana Signature model is our company’s longest-running artist signature model and in 2017 we are digging back to the roots of what made this model shine. 

The 2017 Santana model is being reintroduced as the Santana Retro, a model previously only available through the Private Stock program. Based directly off of Santana’s “Pre-Factory” guitar, the Santana Retro features several design elements from the early 1980’s, including a deeper body carve and scoop, an original style heel, and the original headstock shape and nut placement. For players interested in historical specs and a guitar that in many ways started PRS, check out the 2017 Santana Retro!

The Details

 

You may be thinking, what else? Throughout the Core line, there are more subtle details being announced, including the PRS Patented Gen III Tremolo and piezo model shake up. Our new PRS Patented Gen III tremolo will now come standard on all trem-equipped models (except for the DGT).

The Gen III trem maintains the functionality and incorporation of brass and unplated components of PRS’s tremolo, but also has some notable updates that further support the fidelity of the guitar’s tone and maximize sustain. For a full description, check out the Gen III trem graphic on one of our model pages, like the 2017 Custom 24!

Also on the Core line, the piezo-equipped P22 and P24 have been rebranded as the Custom 22 Piezo and Custom 24 Piezo respectively, and the popular Hollowbody II is being offered with or without the piezo option

Okay, so how about the S2 Series! The S2 Custom and Standard models will now come outfitted with new 85/15 “S” pickups. 85/15 “S” pickups are modeled after the 85/15 pickups Paul Reed Smith designed for PRS’s 30th Anniversary and offer remarkable clarity and extended high and low end. Check out the S2 Series here!

*Psst, here's a fresh-off-the-line S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow with the new 85/15 "S" pickups!

Though there are no introductions in the Private Stock or Amplifier categories at this time, Private Stock is still finishing out its 20th Anniversary Guitar of the Month celebration and there have been recent whispers in the amp world. More introductions before the 2017 Winter NAMM show are anticipated. In the meantime, you can explore the complete 2017 PRS offerings at www.prsguitars.com/products!

Comments (24)

[email protected] February 07, 2017 - 4:44pm
Hey Matthew, the 2017 S2 Vela will not be offered with birds, but if you act quickly there are still some 2016 models out there with birds!
Matthew Parry February 07, 2017 - 5:25am
Is the S2 Vela still available with the bird inlays? Can't see any mention or pics of them on the product pages.
Kevin schaneman January 19, 2017 - 12:51pm
I just got a prs custom 22 SE I'm in love with this guitar. Thank you for making such great guitars I have a prs a10 acoustic electric as well so amazing. I have had a lot of guitars including American-made fenders and I can't get over the sound I get out of this guitar
Mike Sheehan January 18, 2017 - 1:33pm
Any chance of getting a SE or CE in Mayer tabaco sunburst finish!?
Andrew January 14, 2017 - 10:40am
I too would be interested in a left handed model if any of these. But especially the 509. Thanks
Shawn Clifton January 05, 2017 - 4:03pm
Will there be any models offered with a sustainer pickup and a Floyd Rose combined?
Charles November 29, 2016 - 2:05am
Awesome guitars all around! Any chance of the SE Chris Robertson being offered here in the USA?
Scott Glover November 25, 2016 - 2:25pm
I would love to see a CE 22 Bolt On at NAMM 2017 in Anaheim.
John Albert November 25, 2016 - 12:49pm
Will we see satin S2 acoustic models? and perhaps satin SE guitars? I wish you guys make artist signature S2 models too!
Athol Cockcroft November 25, 2016 - 6:12am
Very little or no stock to view and "feel" in Cape Town. Photos look great but where can I touch them?
Daniel Lerma November 24, 2016 - 12:48pm
Hi there! Are there any plans for the S2 series to include a pattern thin option?
John Scofield November 23, 2016 - 3:30pm
Will the 2017 509 allow pick up switching with the outer 2 humbuckers like a Les Paul with both pickups on in the middle switch? The 513 only allowing stratocaster style wiring.
skip November 23, 2016 - 3:13pm
anyway i could see or get the wiring diagram for the prs 509?
Rob Lynn November 23, 2016 - 2:46pm
7 string s2 or core please. I've been waiting for a long, long time, and while the se7 is nice, it doesn't compare to my core series guitars.
Bryan Hudson November 23, 2016 - 12:26pm
Looks great! No Vernon Reid signature S2 Vela to announce for 2017???
Rob Morton November 22, 2016 - 3:13pm
I love the S2 range so much I sold my Core McCarty and CU22 and got the Standard 24 and Vela totally love them, the bevel is so much more comfortable for me than the core carve. Any chance of a HSS standard 24? perhaps two Vela neck pickups and a 85/15S?
[email protected] November 21, 2016 - 1:53pm
Hey Pete, no plans yet but keep checking back for limited runs!
[email protected] November 21, 2016 - 1:50pm
Hey Hansen, some models can be ordered with a maple fingerboard through our Artist Package program!
Steve Clay November 20, 2016 - 11:45am
Well, I have started saving already for the 2 PRS guitars I know I will buy in 2017. I am so glad the 509 Core was added to the lineup - tremendous versatility! The McCarty 594 Singlecut is everything a vintage singlecut guitar should be. I bought a McCarty 594 in 2016, and it is tremendous in every way. I can't imagine how juicy the 58/15 LT pickups will sound in the single cut design!
Pete November 20, 2016 - 10:25am
Will there be any left handed models available of the 2017 models? If so, which ones, and how do I get word about them?
Malky November 19, 2016 - 4:49pm
PRS trems are already the best but why no Gen 111 tremolo on the DGT ?
Hansen November 19, 2016 - 4:29am
Will there be offered 2017 models featuring maple fingerboards as shown in the picture?
Neil November 17, 2016 - 4:01pm
I missed my chance at a 2016 McCarty 10 top this year in Charcoal Blue Burst. I hope the exact model and specs come for 2017 because i NEED one. The one i tried this year kept me up at night wondering if it sold yet.
Joshua Wibert November 17, 2016 - 3:32pm
Beautiful guitars across the board. I am MOST excited about the 509 core model. I was hoping this would become available as a core model because it's the perfect set up and it happened! I will be buying the 509.

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