2009 PRS 25th Anniversary DRAGON! 1 of 40! Smoked Amber! MINT! Paul Reed Smith Santana! 2010
Vendor: Paul Reed Smith
Mint condition PRS Dragon 25th Anniversary in Smoked Amber finish. International Edition. The inlay work on these is incredible! The top on this particular is beautiful as well. This is...
Mint condition PRS Dragon 25th Anniversary in Smoked Amber finish. International Edition. The inlay work on these is incredible! The top on this particular is beautiful as well. This is one of those playable pieces of art. The guitar comes with the original case and all the case candy as shown. Stunning piece!
This PRS Dragon features a double-cutaway Santana body with an African striped mahogany back and a wildly flamed maple top drawn from Smith’s Private Stock. The body is joined to a wide-fat Madagascar rosewood neck and fingerboard with a 24 1/2–inch-scale length and 24 frets.
The Anniversary Dragon’s gold-plated hardware includes PRS 14:1 Phase II low-mass locking tuners with elegant ebony buttons, as well as the company’s standard tremolo system. Completing the package is a pair of 59/09 pickups, modeled in 2009 after the humbuckers pioneered in the late Fifties by Gibson’s Ted McCarty, a former mentor of Smith’s. Each treble-position 59/09 receives more winds than its bass companion, to produce a hotter sound.
The 25th Anniversary Dragon’s elaborate fretboard inlay work is more complex than that of its predecessors. The intimate view of a snarling dragon—with its bulging eye at the 12th fret and the tail extending onto a rosewood truss rod cover.
To design the inlay, PRS commissioned Jeff Easley, the fantasy artist responsible for the covers of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks. His rendering was then submitted to Pearl Works, a Maryland-based company that has embellished all PRS Dragons since 1992. Pearl Works scanned Easley’s drawing and used CAD software to deconstruct the illustration into the individual sections that would form the inlays. These included some 300 parts fashioned from more than 20 materials, including crushed opal, abalone shell, and mastodon ivory. Says Jaime Aulson, Pearl Works’ project manager, “These guitars are constantly pushing us to be creative and invent new procedures in order to make them happen.”
- Finish: Smoked Amber
- Shape: Double Cutaway
- Body: African Striped Mahogany
- Top: Private Stock Flamed Maple
- Neck: Madagascar Rosewood
- Fingerboard: Madagascar Rosewood
- Neck Profile: Wide-Fat
- Number of Frets: 24
- Scale Length: 24.5’’
- Pickups: 59/09 Humbuckers
- Tuners: Phase II Low-Mass Locking Tuners w/ Ebony Buttons
- Tremolo: PRS Tremolo System