S2 Vela

  • All-Mahogany Offset Body
  • Plate-Style Bridge
  • Starla Humbucker with Coil Tap & Type-D Singlecoil

Please note: this is a 2016 model. See our Products listing for current models.

S2 Vela

Vintage Personality. Modern Reliability.

S2 Vela

Anchored by PRS playability and craftsmanship, the S2 Vela is perfect for players who want PRS build quality and reliability with a fresh aesthetic. The Vela is the maiden voyage into an offset body shape for PRS and is both elegant and edgy. Loaded with a PRS-designed Starla humbucker in the bridge and the newly designed PRS Type-D single coil in the neck, the Vela has a bright, punchy tone that sounds great plugged into your pedalboard or straight into an amp. A coil-tap on the tone control allows the Starla pickup to split into singlecoils and explore a whole new range of tones. The newly designed plate-style bridge holds two brass saddles specifically designed for great sustain and perfect intonation so both rhythm and lead tones sound great no matter where you are on the fretboard.

In the studio or on the stage, you won’t want to leave this guitar at home.

Photos

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Videos

  • S2 Vela Demo w/ Bryan Ewald

    S2 Vela Demo w/ Bryan Ewald

Specifications

Body

Body Wood Mahogany

Neck

Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25"
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Pattern Regular
Fretboard Wood Rosewood
Fretboard Inlay Dots (Birds Optional)

Hardware

Bridge PRS Plate-Style
Tuners PRS S2 Locking Tuners
Hardware Type Nickel

Electronics

Treble Pickup PRS S2 Starla
Bass Pickup PRS S2 Type-D Singlecoil
Controls Volume and Push-Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector

Accolades

"If you’ve previously balked at trying a PRS because you’d didn’t dig the styling, this beautiful machine—and its beautiful tones—might flip that notion on its head.”

- Premier Guitar

"If the Vela had been made in the 1950's, it would be considered as classic as the Stratocaster. It's a natural guitar with a wonderful personality!”

- Walker Teret, Lower Dens

“PRS guitars are made with love and you can feel it when you play them. They are also made with an incredible understanding of what makes a guitar great. The Vela is a great rock guitar. It can do scuzz, fuzz, psych, punk, whatever you want and it also can scream some insane leads. I can’t get enough of this axe!”

- Michael Gibbons, Bardo Pond

“The Vela nails all of the vintage tones I've become accustomed to using in the studio, and has become my go to live because of its stable intonation, tuning, and playability.”

- Thomas Onebane, Royal Teeth

“I think the PRS team has hit a home run with the Vela. In terms of quality and tone at this price point, I don’t think anyone else is making anything remotely close.”

- Jordan Smith, Diarrhea Planet

“Overall, the PRS S2 Vela is a great guitar at a great price point. This is the perfect jack-of-all-trades guitar and is one that will presumably last for many years to come.” (review link)

- Crafted

"PRS have really created something important with the S2 range. Every guitar I’ve played has shown the thought, care and (yes) love that the company has thrown at the project. But the Vela may be the best yet. It is beautifully made, has a huge tonal range and sounds and feels lovely.”

- Guitar In Your Pocket

“This is SWEET. The feel and sound transcend what a guitar can be. The Vela has soul, it’s alive and part of something greater than you can imagine. It sounds so nice and is so beautiful. The Paul Reed Smith Vela, It’s a dream.”

- John Gibbons, Bardo Pond

“I've always been a bridge pickup guy and a sucker for big, bright, punchy guitar tones. I knew this guitar would be great for clean studio playing, but I was really pleasantly surprised by how well the Starla pickup worked for driving power-pop and punky, angular playing -- The tone is bright and punchy, but never too thin. The coil tap control is a neat function too, opening up an equally great tone with a little more chime to it. I can tell I'll be using this guitar for years to come in a variety of different projects.”

- Tommy Siegel, Jukebox The Ghost

A really broad range of sounds can be had from this guitar using the tone control, the three-way toggle selector and the coil split, especially if one were to run it through a larger amp with some tonal options and a pedal or two.”

- American Songwriter

“While it’s probably shocking to the PRS purists, I’m a sucker for offset guitars and the Vela design won me over instantly.”

- Tone Report

“With its versatile variety of tones, first-class craftsmanship and construction, and incredibly comfortable playability, the PRS S2 Vela is a new classic that will be embraced by discriminating players looking for something a little different.”

- Guitar World

Available Colors

  • Antique White

    Antique White

  • Black

    Black

  • Champagne Gold Metallic

    Champagne Gold Metallic

  • Egyptian Gold <span>This color is no longer being manufactured but may be available at an Authorized PRS Dealer.</span>

    Egyptian Gold This color is no longer being manufactured but may be available at an Authorized PRS Dealer.

  • Frost Green Metallic

    Frost Green Metallic

  • Ice Blue Firemist <span>This color is no longer being manufactured but may be available at an Authorized PRS Dealer.</span>

    Ice Blue Firemist This color is no longer being manufactured but may be available at an Authorized PRS Dealer.

  • McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

    McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

  • Seafoam Green

    Seafoam Green

  • Vintage Cherry

    Vintage Cherry

  • Vintage Mahogany

    Vintage Mahogany

Signature Dealers

  • American Musical Supply
    Oakland, NJ
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    Chicago, IL
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    LaCrosse, WI
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    St Louis, MO
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  • Guitar Center
    Westlake Village, CA
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    Keller, TX
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    McKinney, TX
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    Seattle, WA
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    Syracuse, NY
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    Bedford, NH
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    San Antonio, TX
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  • Martin Music
    Memphis, TN
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  • Moore Music Guitars
    Evansville, IN
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  • Musician's Friend
    Westlake Village, CA
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  • Music Gallery
    Highland Park, IL
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  • Music Store Live.com
    South Burlington, VT
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    Bozeman, MT
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  • Northeast Music Center
    Dickson City, PA
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  • Palen Music
    Springfield, MO
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    Tuscon, AZ
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    New York, NY
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    Fort Wayne, IN
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    Wheaton, MD
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    Lexington, KY
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    Oakland, NJ
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