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Guitar of the Day

Finally, a PRS 513 for the rest of us! How did PRS manage to pull this off? Well, they eliminated the Brazilian rosewood neck and fingerboard, but kept all the other features of the 513 that made it one of the most versatile instruments on the planet. This one has one of our favorite finishes: Black Cherry (which is notoriously difficult to capture accurately in photos given the limitations of the web). Of course, the first feature most players will be interested in is the wide array of vintage and modern sounds produced by the five single-coil pickups. Essentially, this is where the guitar got its name, with five pickups that offer instant access to 13 different tonal variations via one 5-way blade selector switch and then a second 3-way blade switch. So you can go from the smoky sound of a humbucker to the spank and sparkle of a single coil with just the flick of a switch.

This 513 has a mahogany back with a carved, figured maple top (which looks awfully close to being a “10-top” in our opinion), a mahogany neck with a special 513 neck carve and a rosewood fingerboard with the newer, more contemporary mother of pearl bird inlays and slightly taller and wider frets. The silky smooth PRS tremolo comes standard on the 513, as do PRS 14:1 low-mass locking tuners and a 513 truss rod cover. The craftsmen at PRS decided to add 1/4″ to the basic PRS scale, so that the 513 has a 25-1/4″ scale, which will please all of the players who prefer the slightly longer scale. To watch PRS Product Support Manager J. Hayes demonstrate the 513, go here and then select the video format you prefer. Naturally, a guitar this gorgeous deserves a deluxe plush-lined hardshell case with all the case candy to go along with it!

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