Introduced in the fall of 2011, PRS Guitars’ Collection Series instruments are built in small batches by the company’s Private Stock department. Each Collection Series consists of one electric and one acoustic guitar made with the most exacting methods and the most prized components in the company’s possession, including pernambuco necks and fingerboards, which are exclusive to the Collection program. For the fourth installment in PRS Guitars’ Collection Series, Paul Reed Smith and the Private Stock team have designed two stunning instruments: the Series IV Collection Brent Mason electric and the Series IV Collection Grand acoustic.
These instruments are available via exclusive PRS Collection dealers: Wild West Guitars (Riverside, CA), Wild Wood Guitars (Louisville, CO), Willcutt Guitars (Lexington, KY), Sweetwater (Fort Wayne, IN), Guitar Center (Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX locations), and Guitar Resurrection (Austin, TX). Internationally, Collection guitars will be available from The Guitar Shop in Mississauga, Canada and the following distributors: Headline (United Kingdom), Korg Import Division (Japan), Voerman (Benelux), and Roland Meinl Musikinstrumente (Germany and Austria).
Specifications for Series IV Collection instruments are as follows:
Collection Series IV Brent Mason Electric Specifications
Curly Maple Top
Lightweight Mahogany Back
22 Fret 25” Scale Length Pernambuco Pattern Neck
African Blackwood Fingerboard with Mammoth Ivory and Paua Heart Hollow Celtic Knot Inlays and Paua heart Abalone Purfling
African Blackwood Headstock Veneer with Paua Heart Paul Reed Smith Signature Inlay and Mammoth Ivory “Brent Mason Collection” Inlay and Paua Heart Abalone Purfling
African Blackwood Truss Rod Cover with Paua Heart Abalone Purfling
Mammoth Ivory Sidedots
Phase III Locking Tuners with Gold Anodized Buttons
Two Signature/408 Bass Pickups*
Backplate Signed by Brent Mason
Faded McCarty Sunburst with Natural Binding
*The 408 bass pickup was designed to narrow the pickup’s field to increase its focus and accent the higher harmonics. Using this pickup in the treble position is a perfect match for Brent’s masterful style.
Collection Series IV Collection Grand Acoustic Specifications
16” Collection Grand Body (Tonare Perimeter with Angelus Depth)
Hybrid X Bracing
European Spruce Top with Pink Heart Abalone/Black Purfling and Curly Maple Binding
Ebony, Paua Heart, Green Select Abalone, and 14K Gold Celtic Rosette
Honduran Rosewood Back with Pink Heart Abalone/Black Purfling and Curly Maple Binding
Honduran Rosewood Sides Pink Heart Abalone Purfling
Pernambuco “Wide” Neck
Ebony Fingerboard with Paua Heart, 14K Gold, and Mammoth Ivory Collection Celtic Inlays
Ebony Headstock Veneer Hand-signed by Paul Reed Smith with Mammoth Ivory “Collection” Inlay
Paua Heart Abalone Purfling on the Fingerboard and Veneer
Ebony Bridge and Bridge Pins with Mammoth Ivory Inlays
Bone Nut and Saddle
Robson Tuning Pegs with Ivoroid Buttons
Proprietary PRS Acoustic Pickup System
For more information and a current list of dealers, please visit, www.prsguitars.com/privatestock/collection.php.