The Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Music has acquired a custom-designed and -built Paul Reed Smith electric guitar for its permanent collection. Made in the PRS Private Stock custom shop, the guitar — a true work of art befitting of a museum — features a curly maple neck, ebony fretboard and headstock veneer, African ribbon mahogany body, European red curly maple top, red-heart abalone body purfling, mammoth ivory “Museum Bird” fingerboard inlays, 408 pickups, stoptail bridge with brass inserts, and more.
During the presentation of the guitar (donated by Warren and Kateryna Esanu), John McLaughlin demonstration the instrument.
At a private reception following the presentation, 14-time Grammy Award winner and PRS Artist Ricky Skaggs surprised the Met’s Musical Instrument Department with a Paul Reed Smith 2014 Collection Acoustic Steel String guitar and a Paul Reed Smith 2014 Collection Acoustic Classical Nylon String guitar, which were demonstrated by Skaggs and PRS Artist Tony McManus.
Visitors to the museum will be able to see the guitars on display in The Andre Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.