Saturday, March 28, 2009

Guitar Next Door: 2008 PRS Mira

Paul Reed Smith (PRS) one of the top three guitar makers is known for its exacting attention to detail. The new Mira is a variant on the Custom 24, the core of the PRS line. This 2008 black Mira with bird inlays is today’s Guitar Next Door.

This example has the abalone bird inlay option, locking tuners, mahogony body and neck, stoptail bridge, and volume and tone control with a three way blade switch & a coil splitter. Initial try out of this guitar was through a Marshall DSL 401.

First impressions are light weight and a great fit. The stoptail bridge along with the glued neck produces great tone and sustain. I've played several different PRS guitars and they never feel quite right. Something about this body style variant works for me. Great reach to the high frets like an SG and it can create the same humbucker crunch through its pickup arrangement.

Here are the various settings:

Mini Toggle Switch Up
Three-Way Up - Base Single Coil
Three-Way Middle - Both Single Coils
Three-Way Down - Treble Singlecoil

Mini Toggle Switch Down
Three-Way Up - Bass Mumbucker
Three-Way Middle - Both Humbuckers
Three-Way Down - Treble Humbucker

The pickups have a classic tone and you can produce any sound you want between these switch settings and tweaking your amp. Guitar hobbyists of a certain generation may automatically gravitate to the classic body styles that have been around since the 50s and may not give one of these a second glance on the rack. Pick one up and give a try anyway and you'll be surprised!


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