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Brent Mason PRS Private Stock

Brent Mason PRS Private Stock

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hardshell case included

Brent Mason is predominantly known for his work as a Nashville session guitarist; his playing can also be heard on countless TV commercials, film sound tracks and television scores. The Brent Mason model was designed for maximum versatility to meet the demands of session studio work. The Private Stock model has been upgraded with rear-mounted controls and a stunning combination of woods.

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CRAIG'S POV

I grew up playing great guitars. I was all of 10 years old when my father, a musician, introduced me to the guitarist who played in his band. Little did I know that that introduction would spoil me for life.

Don, his guitar player, let me play his D'Angelico New Yorker Special. I still remember that moment and how it affected me. How magnificent a guitar could be, its look, its feel, its smell, its sound, its indescribable yet clearly evident QUALITY. (Please read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance for the definition of QUALITY.)

My father also owned a music store, so I was constantly around the great (and not so great) guitars of the '50s and '60s. I became aware at a young age that there was some sort of geometry, some kind of magic brew, some sort of something that made a specific guitar inspiring and desirable.

As a professional player and collector, I’ve spent years searching for that magic in the guitars that I play and own. As a shop owner, I've promised myself and my customers that I would only offer guitars that had the potential to crack that ineffable "code" that makes a great guitar great. I insisted that I would only align myself with builders who were in a constant search to not just crack the code, but who were capable of making remarkable instrument based on their revelations.

I found a fellow traveler in that search in Paul Reed Smith. He needs no introduction, of course. You might wonder why a small dealer like me would be selling Paul’s guitars. The answer is that I wanted Paul Reed Smiths built with the personal supervision and genius of Paul Reed Smith himself.

And now that’s possible.

Paul Reed Smith runs the Private Stock Division of PRS. I’m happy to say we’ve connected on a very deep level. He’s like me. He never stops comparing modern guitars to the greatest old guitars of the past. His goal in life is to break the code. To this day, he can pick up one of his guitars and be critical enough to know where he’s succeeded, what might be missing, and, more importantly, how to get always closer to that golden ideal.

Paul Reed Smith Private Stock may conjure up images of flamboyant inlays and colorful finishes. However, I’m all about the instrument. My personal taste leans towards clean, elegant styles that accentuate the premium woods I’ve chosen, perfect neck shapes, and only the finest electronics and accompanying materials. In my opinion nobody but a very select few luthiers have the selection of woods that Paul has. If I want a Brazilian rosewood neck or curly mahogany body, all I have to do is ask Paul for it. Whatever I can imagine in most cases I can get.

 



The Guitar

"What I look for in a guitar is tone and playability. Equipped with the perfect pick-up combination that gives you single or double coil sounds at the flip of a switch and a middle pickup that further expands the tone spectrum, this guitar is possibly the most versatile guitar I’ve had in my hands." - Brent Mason


Brent Mason is predominantly known for his work as a Nashville session guitarist; his playing can also be heard on countless TV commercials, film sound tracks and television scores. The Brent Mason model was designed for maximum versatility to meet the demands of session studio work. The Private Stock model has been upgraded with rear-mounted controls and a stunning combination of woods.

In a career lasting more than twenty-five years, Brent has recorded with George Strait, Neil Diamond, Rascall Flatts, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, The Judds, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and many, many more.

Other specifications for this instrument include a Private Stock maple top, swamp ash back, 22 fret, 25 1/4” scale length bolt-on Pattern neck, PRS old-style birds and Private Stock eagle inlays, “Brent Mason” engraved banner, high-gloss nitro finish, PRS locking tuners, narrow 408 treble and bass pickups with a 305 singlecoil middle pickup, volume and push/pull tone controls with a 5-way blade pickup selector and two mini switches for coil tapping, PRS tremolo, Brent Mason signed backplate, and a paisley hardshell case.

If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.

ABOUT PRS PRIVATE STOCK
Everyone has heard of PRS Guitars; they are one of America's great entrepreneurial success stories. But not everyone has heard of the Paul Reed Smith Private Stock instruments. These are special guitars, in every sense. That's what inspired us here at CR Guitars to seek them out; they conform perfectly to our vision of what "hand selected" really means. The goal behind the PRS Private Stock of instruments is not only to create the most beautiful and best playing guitars money can buy, but the best sounding. PRS works very closely with each order - through hourly discussions, experimentation, meticulous checks of every detail at each step in the process and making final tweaks when the guitar is complete - to make sure they are building the best guitars possible. If you get an extraordinary instrument from Private Stock that is equally as good as a family heirloom and a musician’s tool to make a living on, then the Private Stock goal has come to fruition.

“Whether built to your specification or ours, every Private Stock instrument is carefully guided through the process by highly talented, seasoned guitar makers, and each completed instrument is checked and signed by Paul Miles and me. From all of us on the Private Stock team, thank you for looking at and considering a Private Stock instrument. If you decide on a Private Stock guitar, we will give everything we have to make it the best instrument you’ve ever experienced.” - Paul Reed Smith


Serial #217291
Private stock #5515
Neckcurly maple
Fingerboardcurly maple
Topcurly maple
Backswamp ash
Headstock veneercurly maple
Neck Profilepattern
Side Dotsblack
Finishhoney gold burst
Fingerboard inlayswhite mother of pearl birds with black lip mother of pearl outlines
Headstock veneer inlayswhite mother of pearl Private Stock eagle with black lip mother of pearl outline and “Brent Mason” engraved banner
Finishhigh gloss nitro body /neck
Pickupstreble: Narrow 408 middle: 305 bass: Narrow 408
Electronicsvolume, tone with 5-way bladeswitch and 2 mini switches for coil tap
Hardwaregold/nickel PRS tremolo, phase III locking tuning pegs with ivoroid buttons/Brent Mason signed electronics backplate
Weight7.7 lbs
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