Some of the more particular details on this model are in the finish, pickups, and electronics. The guitar is finished in high-gloss nitro with an unfinished neck with clear grain filler for a smooth, natural playing feel. The TCI pickups feature American Alnico and are paired with volume and tone controls with a 3-way toggle pickup switch and two mini-toggle EQ switches. The mini-toggles act as tuned high-pass filters when engaged (in the up position), removing shelved low-end and allowing the high frequencies through for more clarity and musical highs.
“Being John’s guitar maker is an honor I fought decades for, and to now be able to give him a signature model is a special moment for me and hopefully the industry,” said Paul Reed Smith. “These guitars were designed to both feel like magic when you pick them up but also disappear in your hands so you can just focus on playing. John is capable of playing at extraordinary speed and with this instrument, you hear every note. Finding that balance as a guitar maker and coaxing every bit of sound out of the guitar was the key.”
Paul Reed Smith and Paul Miles have signed each Private Stock John McLaughlin model on the back of the headstock. As an added detail, John McLaughlin has autographed the back- plate of each instrument. Only 200 PRS Private Stock John McLaughlin guitars will be made in 2023.
Body Construction: Solidbody
Top Wood: Carved Figured Maple
Back Wood: African Mahogany
Top Carve: Violin
Number of Frets: 22
Scale Length: 25"
Neck Wood: Hormigo
Neck Construction: One-Piece
Truss Rod: PRS Double-Acting
Neck Shape: Pattern
Fretboard Wood: African Blackwood
Fretboard Radius: 10"
Fretboard Inlay: Celtic Knots, Abalone Knot w/ Holly Spikes and Crushed Opal Oval
Headstock Inlay: Private Stock Eagle, Crushed Opal w/ Holly Outlines
Bridge: PRS Patented Tremolo, Gen III
Tuners: PRS Phase III Locking
Hardware Type: Nickel
Truss Rod Cover: "John McLaughlin"
Treble Pickup: TCI
Bass Pickup: TCI
Controls: Volume & Tone Controls with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch and Two Mini-Toggle EQ Switches
Strings: PRS Signature 10-46