On Monday, June 30th, we posted a Black Cherry PRS Hollowbody II as our Guitar of the Day. We closed that column with this sentence: “You’d better call right away; a Hollowbody II this special won’t be here for long!” And we were sure right on that, as it was sold within 24 hours! Now here’s another PRS Hollowbody II, only this one is in a deep, rich Violin Amber finish, and we’re betting it’s not going to be in stock long either! Aside from a pair of specially voiced McCarty Archtop pickups with covers, this Hollowbody II comes equipped with the PRS/LR Baggs Piezo Modeling System installed, so you can get smoky humbucker electric tones, shimmering acoustic tones, or a sweet blending of the two, which is, well, positively sublime! Tuck this baby under your arm and before you even pick the very first note, you know this is a very special instrument. It’s just 1-3/4-inches at the rim, swelling to a full three inches deep at the bridge.
The solid tropical mahogany neck has the PRS wide-fat neck carve, which is the perfect match for this guitar. The 22-fret premium rosewood fingerboard has the newer style abalone birds, which gives the Hollowbody II a somewhat classier look, while the headstock is stained Violin Amber to match the body and neck. The ebony tuners add yet another touch of class. Quite honestly, this Hollowbody II sounds incredible and plays exactly the way every PRS plays, which is perfectly, regardless of your choice of music. The final touches include oversized f-holes, gold hardware, and a fully adjustable bridge, so you can tweak the intonation should you choose to change the gauge of the strings. Unlike most PRS guitars, Violin Amber models do not come with the trademark “natural binding strip.” Instead it has what PRS calls a “wraparound” finish that emphasizes the beauty of the stain along the edges. Naturally, it includes a plush-lined, deluxe hardshell case and free FedEx shipping.