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Paul Reed Smith announces the launch of his brand new retro-style midrange solidbody ‘Stevensville 2’ series at Summer NAMM.

Those who have always hankered after one of Paul Reed Smith’s beautiful creations but couldn’t quite find the funds will be keen to try out the new S2 series models which recently debuted at Summer NAMM. This line up of US-made guitars has already been road-tested by a diverse range of punk and rock artists from Southern blues/rock man JJ Grey through to indie darlings Surfer Blood, and they seem to have gone down rather well.

We’re big fans of the nostalgic look too, and despite their attractive mid-range price tags this elegant trio of new guitars are made in the same Stevensville factory as their high-end flagship brethren, where they have blended new manufacturing techniques with the usual standard of state-of-the-art construction. The vintage-inspired S2 Mira (pictured left; £1095) with an all-mahogany body, asymmetrical bevelled top, rosewood fretboard and specially-designed PRS pickups promises punchy, organic sounds. The S2 Starla (centre; £1095) offers jangly, trashy tones thanks to some specially-voiced pickups, and it features an all-mahogany singlecut body with tunomatic bridge and Bigsby B50 tailpiece for shimmering goodness. Lastly, the S2 Custom 24 (right; £1375) is based on the classic PRS model but with stripped-down appointments including a bookmatched figured maple top, mahogany back, custom-wound pickups with three-way switch and a PRS whammy bar. PRS S2 locking tuners ensure perfect tuning across the board.

The S2 range is available in a variety of opaque finishes (depending on the model) complete with matching headstocks that include antique white, black, McCarty tobacco sunburst, black cherry, blue crab smokeburst, dark cherry burst, gray black sienna, vintage cherry and our favourite hue, seafoam green. Head over to www.prsguitars.com to find out more.

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