David's Notes: 2015 was the 30th Anniversary of PRS Guitars and to help celebrate this milestone they released a limited run of instruments inspired by their Tree of Life guitars. The centerpiece art was to be a twisting vine inlayed among their 30th Anniversary bird pattern , running up the length of the fretboard and on to the head stock. This particular guitar is a Custom 22, which according to the PRS website, "is one of our workhorse models with all the tones you’ve come to expect from a PRS with a distinctive, warm midrange and clarity ." For the Vine Custom 22's, PRS chose their 57/08 pickups (my favorite PRS pickup) wired for the 5-way blade switch, which offers multiple pickup combinations, including both dual humbucker and dual single coil options. The Custom 22, named so because of its 22 fret neck, also features a PRS patented trem bridge, which is one of the best in the biz. The bookended, two piece flame maple top on this guitar is likely the best I've seen to date, with a tight flame pattern that closely matches the quarter sawn flame maple neck. What really places this top among the best is the vertical grain pattern overlaying the horizontal flame. Combine the patterns with the Makena Blue stain color and it brings to this viewer's mind crossing wave patterns in a pool of water. Finally, the contrast with the Gaboon Ebony fretboard brings the package together and makes the color seem to pop off the instrument. It's incredibly impressive, especially in person. One of only fifty Vine Custom 22's made worldwide, I was very honored to be able to view and handle a number of the Vine instruments and hand select the one Custom 22 that I felt was the best. This guitar is the best looking of all the Vines I've seen, by quite a margin, and I'm very pleased to be able to make it available for one lucky future owner, but only for a limited time! It's one of my favorite guitars and I'm not keen on selling it, so act fast!
Update 9.17.2016: We had this guitar hand signed on the back plate by Mr. Paul Reed Smith himself!
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To compliment the elegant fretboard design, each of the 30th Anniversary “Vine” Guitars feature a highly figured Artist Grade Maple top along with a highly figured Artist Grade Maple neck.
For the story behind this particular limited collection series, let us turn to the following article from Inside PRS:
We are offering this limited edition guitar, a PRS 30th Anniversary Vine Custom 22 in Makena Blue with the serial # 15 222279, in new condition, hand singed by Paul Reed Smith, as our January 2020 Guitar Of The Month for a very limited time price of only $4,995. This is the lowest we've ever offered one of our Vine Limited instruments! *Our cash discounted price is only $4,845!
With this guitar, serial # 15 222279, we present to you one of the finest examples of the Vine series in mint, never played condition, just as it arrived from the PRS factory, hand signed on the back plate by Mr. Paul Reed Smith himself! It is a Custom 22 model in Makena Blue and offers a wide variety of tones. Again, from the Inside PRS archive:
Mother of Pearl and Paua was carefully assembled and placed in the Gaboon Ebony fretboard by hand.
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Inspired in part by our Tree of Life inlay designs, the 30th Anniversary Vine is an elegant inlay made from Mother of Pearl, Paua, and Paua Heart. This special inlay is being offered on two models: the Custom 22 and newly reintroduced McCarty. The Custom 22 is a classic guitar with distinctive midrange and clarity. Loaded with 57/08 treble and bass pickups paired with a 5-way blade switch (which offers a dual humbucking option), the Custom 22 offers exceptional tone and versatility.
Pickup Switching Positions:
Position One: Bridge humbucker
Position Two: Bridge humbucker with neck singlecoil, in parallel
Position Three: Bridge and neck humbuckers
Position Four: Neck singlecoil with bridge singlecoil, in parallel
Position Five: Neck humbucker
Top Wood: Artist Grade Figured Maple
Back Wood: Mahogany
Number of Frets: 22
Scale Length: 25"
Neck Wood: Figured maple
Fretboard Wood: Gaboon Ebony
Fretboard Inlays: Mother of Pearl 30th Anniversary Birds with Paua/Paua Heart Vine
Neck Shape: Pattern
Bridge: PRS Patented Tremolo
Tuners: PRS Phase III Locking Tuners
Hardware Type: Hybrid
Treble Pickup: PRS 57/08 Treble
Bass Pickup: PRS 57/08 Bass
At PRS we care a lot about the art of guitar making. Things like quality, innovation, and a guitar’s aesthetic beauty keep us excited about our next build.
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary of guitar building and continue our love of the art we are releasing the 30th Anniversary “Vine” guitars. Two of our popular core models, the Custom 22 and McCarty, will be adorned with Mother of Pearl 30th Anniversary Bird Inlays and Paua Vines down the fretboard. This elegant new design will be crafted in a small batch of only 100 guitars.
The design came to life through a brainstorm with our friends at Aulson Inlay, the same company PRS worked with to produce the 30th Anniversary Private Stock Dragon. Soon a rough “Vine” sketch came to life.