* F/S-F/T 2011 PRS limited ArtistV in blue crab blue *


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Sep 17, 2010
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Up for sale or trade:
2011 PRS Limited Edition ArtistV in BlueCrabBlue. PRS did 300 of these (100 in each of 3 colors). Unique woods and all the the artist treatments. Peruvian mahog neck, ebony fingerboard, ribbon mahog body, artist flame maple top, paua/MOP birds and purfing, artistV pickup, gold hardware, artist case with blue interior. Excellent condition, only noticeable wear is some light worming on back (top belly carve area..not through finish)...you can see in the pic of the back from top view. The BCB finish on this is stunning...really hard to capture in photo (especially with these ipad pics). The Paua/MOP birds really go well with the color too and the purfing and gold treatments put it over the top.

$2800+shipping/paypal. Open to trades (leaning toward a 24.5 scale Ted LTD, also open to Paul's guitar, Siggy/408, P22, DGT, McNaught VSC, Gibson Historic, or try me).

Detailed specs below.

Pics (indoor and outdoor lighting): PRS Artist V - Ken Smith's Photos






The Artist Series began in 1991. This series experimented with component and structural updates that enhanced the tone of the guitar and brought more decoration with it. The Artist V is the first example of this series in nearly 15 years. The Artist V features new pickups sec’d by Paul Reed Smith, PRS' 2011 redesigned 5-way blade switch (previously featured only on the 2011 Custom 24), beautiful inlays and purfling, and only the best woods. Gold hardware and a selective color list, including three new colors (Blue Crab Blue, Eriza Verde, and Purple Hazel), complete the Artist V’s special offerings.

Pickup Switching Positions:
Position One: Bridge humbucker
Position Two: Bridge humbucker with neck singlecoil, in parallel
Position Three: Bridge and neck humbuckers
Position Four: Neck singlecoil with bridge singlecoil, in parallel
Position Five: Neck humbucker

V12 Finish
The finish should enhance the look, sound, and feel of a guitar by accentuating the wood’s inherent beauty and feel without hindering its natural resonance. And PRS Guitars’ new “V12” finish does just that. Introduced at Experience PRS 2010, V12 is a very thin, hard, and clear finish that will not crack or react with thinners. After roughly 12 years in development, it is halfway between acrylic and nitro but with a classic feel all its own. “PRS models with this new finish feel like old instruments,” said Paul Reed Smith.

Pattern Regular Neck Shape
Neck shapes have always been a high priority for PRS and a hallmark of their quality. A guitar should feel comfortable, like home, as soon as you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. The new “Pattern Regular” neck shape is similar to the traditional PRS regular neck found on guitars made in the late 80’s at PRS’s former Virginia Avenue location.

This new neck shape reflects modern tooling and programming that allows PRS to even more precisely shape and consistently reproduce their necks.

Top Wood: Artist Grade Flame Maple
Back Wood: Ribboned Mahogany
Finish: V12
Number of Frets: 22
Scale Length: 25"
Neck Wood: Peruvian Mahogany
Fretboard Wood: Ebony with Mother of Pearl Purfling
Neck Shape: Pattern Regular
Fretboard Inlays: Paua Birds with Mother of Pearl Outlines
Headstock Inlay: Ebony Veneer with Abalone Signature and
Mother of Pearl “Artist V”
Bridge: PRS Stoptail Tuners: PRS Phase III Tuners
Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
Hardware Type: Gold
Treble Pickup: Artist V
Bass Pickup: Artist V

Eric Duane

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Wow this is gorgeous. If I hadn't beat up my R9 I'd think of sacrificing her. This one is gorgeous. GLWS

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