Tony McManus Private Stock Acoustic

  • Select European Spruce Top
  • Cocobolo Back & Sides
  • Paua Heart Top Purfling
Tony McManus Private Stock Acoustic
Tony McManus Private Stock Acoustic

“It’s an ironic thing to say about such a beautiful instrument but it becomes invisible- leaving the player to concentrate solely on the music- which is what it should be all about. The Tony McManus signature model is based on the Angelus model but with the PRS wide fingerboard and the Private Stock wood choices are pretty spectacular. The guitar is capable of going anywhere I’m capable of going musically. It works beautifully as a solo fingerstyle guitar but if I need to flatpick, it’ll go there too. It’ll accompany songs, tunes...whatever I need...tuned high and tuned low, gently caressed or driven hard.” – Tony McManus

Born in the PRS Maryland shop, PRS Acoustics are heirloom-quality instruments with remarkable tone and exquisite playability. A small team of experienced luthiers handcraft all Maryland-made PRS acoustics with passion and attention to detail. The Tony McManus acoustic comes standard with our customized pickup system. The PRS Acoustic pickup system is a proprietary, full band width Piezo pick up that is combined with a proprietary 18 volt custom-voiced preamp.

Design & Build Philosophies

  • PRS Private Stock acoustics feature our proprietary 15.5" Angelus Cutaway and 16" Tonare Grand body shapes, which elegantly balance playability, tone and beauty.

  • The X-Brace/Classical hybrid design combines the best elements of a classical ladder bracing system and steel string "X"/fan bracing to better pair resonant tops with stiff, reflective back and sides. This style of bracing is what gives PRS acoustics their unique, powerful voice.

  • PRS sands each top to the thickness appropriate for that individual piece of wood. This allows us to achieve the desired deflection and flexibility of each individual top so it reaches its particular unique optimum performance.

  • Stiffer sides offer more stability which results in a long lasting guitar. We use Kevin Ryan A-4 kerfing and a deliberate bracing design to create stiffer than normal sides, contributing to top stability.

  • Stability results in a back that does not become "out of phase" with the top and allows a pure tone to be created. With back braces and kerfing we are able to create a singular reflective surface when joined to the sides, which adds to PRS acoustic's unique sound.

  • We utilize a compound dovetail neck joint. Through our sanding and placement technique we create a "carbon copy image" of the joining areas of the joint which allows for near gapless construction which results in superior stability and active transfer of string energy.

  • PRS Private Stock Acoustics feature a 100% lacquer, nitro-cellulose finish. In its essence, nitro is considered an "organic" material. The composition of this finish allows it to bond to the surface and become a part of the material as opposed to being "on top" of it. As the guitar and finish age the tone will continue to blossom so the full potential of the instrument can be realized.

Videos

  • video

    Tony McManus - "Gnossiennes -- No. 1"

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    Tony McManus Private Stock w/ Brazilian Rosewood

  • Foundations

    Foundations: Skaggs, Simpson, McManus, Kilby & Paul Reed Smith

  • Humidification

    On Humidification

  • Joey

    Inside PRS Acoustics with Joey Lambert

Specifications

Body
Shape 15 1/2" Cutaway
Depth (At The Neck Block) 3 5/8"
Depth (At The Tail Block) 4 1/2"
Bracing PRS X-Brace/Classical Hybrid Design
Back and Side Woods Private Stock Grade Cocobolo
Top Wood Select European Spruce
Top Purfling Paua Heart
Top and Back Binding Curly Maple
Rosette Curly Maple and Paua Heart
Neck Wood Peruvian Mahogany
Neck Shape Wide
Strength Rod High-Modulus Carbon Fiber
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25 1/4"
Nut Bone
Nut Width 1 3/4"
Fretboard, Headstock Veneer and Bridge Wood Ebony
Fretboard and Headstock Veneer Purfling Paua Heart
Fretboard Inlays Paua Heart "J" Birds
Headstock Veneer Inlay Private Stock Eagle
String Spacing 2 3/16"
Saddle Bone
Tuners PRS Tuners
PRS Pickups System Proprietary, full band width piezo pick up with a proprietary 18-volt custom-voiced preamp
Optional Back and Sides Brazilian
Tony McManus Private Stock Acoustic

Signature Dealers

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    Fort Wayne, IN
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Accolades

"It’s an ironic thing to say about such a beautiful instrument but it becomes invisible- leaving the player to concentrate solely on the music- which is what it should be all about. The Tony McManus signature model is based on the Angelus model but with the PRS wide fingerboard and the Private Stock wood choices are pretty spectacular. The guitar is capable of going anywhere I’m capable of going musically. It works beautifully as a solo fingerstyle guitar but if I need to flatpick, it’ll go there too. It’ll accompany songs, tunes...whatever I need...tuned high and tuned low, gently caressed or driven hard."

- Tony McManus