At first glance, you might think this is just another of the PRS “to-die-for” Artist Series guitars. There’s the gorgeous carved, flame maple top, two humbucking pickups, a Brazilian rosewood neck and fingerboard with rippled abalone bird inlays. But then you pick it up and realize that the Modern Eagle has a newly developed soft satin finish that maintains the depth and luster of the figured maple top, but also cuts down on the fingerprints and smudges that plague most high gloss finishes. Then you play it and realize that this beauty has a longer scale – 25 inches rather than the usual 24-3/4″ scale found on almost all PRS guitars. The Modern Eagle is the result of over three years of development by the PRS Private Stock craftsmen and includes all the features you’d expect on a premium instrument from one of the best builders in the business, like a carved, highly figured maple top over a solid mahogany body, a solid “wide-fat” Brazilian rosewood neck and fingerboard (from Paul’s own “secret stash” since Brazilian rosewood is virtually impossible to get today), those trademark abalone birds and a set of the new RP pickups with satin covers. There are the standard tone and volume controls with a 3-way toggle switch, plus push/pull coil tap cababilities on the tone control. As befits an instrument of this magnificence, when not soaring, the Modern Eagle rests in a beautiful leather Private Stock case with a special brass placque.