PRS has just announced a new S2 Series Studio and this model looks like it could give a Fender Stratocaster a run for its money for ‘Strat Tone’!
PRS S2 Series Studio
No, it isn’t really a Stratocaster clone like the John Mayer PRS model sighted last year. This is an interesting mahogany-bodied guitar with some cool single coil pickups in the middle and neck positions.
The S2 Series are all made in the USA and this new model is no different. What I love about this new guitar is the use of a 5-way Switch and those pickups. The bridge is a Starla Treble humbucker and is paired with two Type-D Single-coil units in the middle and neck positions, plus you get Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control that adds extra control to that 5-way switch.
Position One: Treble humbucker (Treble single coil with push/
pull tone control in up position)
Position Two: Treble humbucker and middle single-coil
Position Three: Treble humbucker and Bass single-coil
Position Four: Middle single-coil and Bass single-coil
Position Five: Bass single-coil
PRS are taking a Standard 22 and opening up the versatility of the guitar with these new pickup combinations, which gives the guitar some very Strat-like tones that come out well in the video below.
The S2 Series Studio is available in Antique White, Black, and McCarty Tobacco with Tortoise Shell pickguards and Frost Blue and Frost Green Metallics with Mint pickguards. With Nickel Plated hardware that includes a PRS Patented Molded Tremolo and PRS Low Mass Locking Tuners, tuning should be rock solid on the Studio.
It is a limited edition model and will only be around for a short time between January 16 – March 31. Hopefully it will become a standard model one day, given the favourable sonic impression.
Having owned a PRS S2 Vela since they launched, I am very familiar with these pickups, as it has the same models loaded but in a different configuration. I know how good they sound and I think this could be a really cool guitar to play because of the unique pickup combination.
RRP – TBC