Namm: New Signature Paul Reed Smith Models

PRS 2012 Orianthi Signature

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New Models for Orianthi, Dave Navarro, Nick Catanese, and Chris Henderson

Paul Reed Smith is showing off some new (and some improved) signature models at Namm this year, for artists like Orianthi, Dave Navarro, Nick Catanese and Chris Henderson.

These are some pretty beautiful guitars, as you might have guessed – coming from PRS, so we’ve included a small image gallery here for you.

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From the SE series, Orianthi will be getting some modifications to her custom SE – which will (so far) only come in Scarlett Red – a bit of a departure from the Red Sparkle we saw on her previous models. The model will now have a push / pull tone control, as well as mahogany back and a beveled carved top. She’ll keep the bird inlays with the “O” at the 12th fret. For sound, Orianthi will be rocking a SE HFS Treble pickup, and a SE Vintage Neck pickup.

Nick Catanese

For 2012, Nick Catanese, of Black Label Society will have a mahogany body with a Scarlett Red finish over a flame maple veneer, and black binding. He’ll retain the signature Tone Pros stoptail and the EMG 81/85 Pickups. The guitar has 22 frets, with a wide fat neck, no inlays, and a Les-Paul-ish-ly mounted 3 way toggle switch, at the top.

Chris Henderson

Chris Henderson will be knocking on 3 Doors Down with his new signature model, with the most notable change being the elimination of the middle pickup. He will be moving to a more standard electronics setup. His model will feature rosewood on the fretboard, a mahogany neck, mahogany back, and a maple top. His model has 22 frets, Nickel Hardware and a PRS 250 treble pickup, along with a PRS #7 Bass pickup.

Dave Navarro

Dave Navarro will be joining the ranks with his SE model, which will have a rosewood fingerboard, maple neck, mahogany back, and a beveled maple top. Like Orianthi’s model, it will feature the push/pull tone control. As you might have guessed, it will still sport the Jet White finish with gold hardware that he’s known for. For pickups, Dave will be using an HFS by the bridge and a Vintage Bass at the neck.
Since Dave’s Maryland made (more expensive) signature guitar was so popular, this is his way of giving back to the musicians who might not have been able to afford that model.


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Tim Monaghan

Tim has been playing guitar & bass since he was 12 years old and has been in Jazz, funk, rock & metal bands. Influences include Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Doug Stegmeyer, Baden Powell, Steve Vai, and pretty much anyone else who has a unique style that expresses their individuality. One of Tim’s many hobbies is building, tweaking, and repairing basses and guitars.

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