Up for sale, a 2006 Paul Reed Smith Singlecut in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. The PRS Singlecut is the model responsible for the 2004 Gibson/PRS lawsuit, wherein Gibson attempted to sue PRS for the Singlecut’s similarities to the iconic Les Paul. And while Gibson was initially successful, the ruling was overturned on appeal. This particular post-lawsuit Singlecut features a deeply figured curly flame maple top, a mahogany neck with a Wide-Fat profile, PRS #7 humbucker, and a Royal Blue gloss finish.
This guitar delivers ample natural sustain, woody warmth, and singing treble chime, qualities faithfully captured by the stock pair of #7 humbuckers. These pickups have the tonal profile of a PAF-style humbucker, with spongy lows, great warmth, singing highs, and a clear midrange. The bridge pickup is wound slightly hotter (metering at 8.5k ohms) for an extra hit of oomph and growl. This PRS weighs 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has PRS’ Wide-Fat profile, a full-feeling '50s-style C-shaped carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .890” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The East Indian rosewood fretboard sports the pre-2008 original solid “Birds in Flight” abalone inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire is pristine. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly with greened keystone buttons, and the handwritten serial is present on the back of the headstock.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups governed by a three-way selector switch and independent pairs of Volume and Tone controls. Plastics include the black speed knobs, and the nickel-plated compensated wraparound tailpiece and pickup covers have plenty of shine.
The gloss Royal Blue finish is dark and rich, highlighting the wall-to-wall figuring on the curly flame maple top. This is a very well-kept example, with cosmetic wear limited to just a scant few faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included, along with the hangtags.