Understanding the S2 Controls Layout

Filed Under Electrics / S2 Series / Tips & Education

Last year we introduced our S2 line of guitars with the idea of offering high-quality American made guitars at a more affordable price.


We started with three models: the S2 Mira, the S2 Starla, and the S2 Custom 24. Since then, we have added 5 new models for a total of 8 product offerings in the S2 Series.

We are proud of how they look, how they feel, and most importantly how they sound. Each guitar in the lineup sounds slightly different and produces different tones. However, one thing that nearly all of the S2 models share is their simple yet intelligent control layout that helps the player achieve a wide variety of great tones. Here’s how it works:


Each S2 guitar has a three-way blade pickup selector, a volume knob, and a push pull tone knob. Pulling up on the tone knob splits the pickups from humbucking to single-coil. It is important to note that there is little to no loss of volume after splitting the coils, a development that we are proud of and is on our core model guitars. Without any adjustments to the amp, guitarists find it helpful to see the guitar do all of the work in shaping their tone. This works extremely well for people on stage, in the middle of a song, who want to make a quick change to their tone without taking the time to adjust the amp.

Nearly every S2 guitar shares the same control layout and functionality. The only exception is the S2 Singlecut and S2 Singlecut semi-hollow.

With these guitars, the functionality is the same but we’ve added another volume and another push-pull tone knob for more control.

This demo of our S2 Mira Semi-Hollow shows the differences you can achieve in your tone by making simple adjustments to these controls.

If you’re interested in learning more about the S2 Series, click HERE!

Comments (8)

[email protected] February 01, 2018 - 11:48am
Hey Nancy, maybe this video will help! Copy/paste this into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeTrZyTNP8Q
nancy asch January 31, 2018 - 6:08pm
I got a 2014 PRS S2 singlecut and need some help figuring out which knobs do what ( including the push coil). Also, what happens when if you play with one pickup in humbucker and one pickup in split coil? Cannot find a good video or explanation anyway of layout and function of this model. thanks (drummer turned guitar player)
Austin Hall December 25, 2017 - 5:49pm
just wondering why so many guitarist change out the pick ups in the s2 custom 30th anniversary edition.
[email protected] June 01, 2017 - 3:09pm
Hey SJ, that's a good question - our customer service folks can explain it if you reach out to them. [email protected]
Steve J. West May 31, 2017 - 2:49pm
Hi, Thanks for the interesting article. I really like the idea of being able to adjust from humbucker to single coil with a simple pull on a tone knob! I have an SE custom 22, and wondered, given the SE series have the same pickups as the S2 series, is it possible to replace the tone pot and re-wire the SE electronics to achieve push-pull tone on this model? Is there anything special in the way the push-pull system is set up to integrate with the pickups to ensure an even volume when the coil is split??? Thanks, SJ.
ALAN TUNSTALL November 25, 2016 - 8:49pm
Which tone and volume control which pickup on prs se TremontI.
[email protected] July 05, 2016 - 11:17am
Hey Matthew, try explaining the issue you are having in more detail to our customer service folks, they can help you out! You can reach them at [email protected]
Matthew July 01, 2016 - 4:08pm
Took my C22 to a independant worker. fixed my stripped screw but altered the volume knob function. is there anyway he could have effect the volume knob

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