PRS Unveil Private Stock 30th Anniversary Dragon Guitar
As a teenager, Paul Reed Smith dreamed of building guitars decorated with European-style dragons. Paul’s dream became reality in 1992 when he unveiled his first limited edition Dragon guitar. Since that time, PRS Guitars has introduced only seven Dragon editions, each in very limited numbers. These guitars have become among the most desirable instruments in the company’s history, earning their place in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, the Museum of Musical Instruments, in Phoenix, Arizona, and the National Guitar Museum, a traveling exhibit now located at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey.
The Private Stock 30th Anniversary Dragon features an elaborate, fantastical dragon inlay designed by Jeff Easley, a fantasy artist famous for some of Dungeons & Dragons rulebook covers. PRS Guitars engaged Aulson Inlay, to deconstruct Easley’s artwork and recreate it into several distinctive sections that have been embedded into the body of the guitar and conclude with the dragon’s tail whipping up the fretboard.
The Private Stock 30th Anniversary Dragon nods toward history with a “pre-factory” style carved top and a pre-factory style Pattern Regular neck. The extraordinary Private Stock grade tone woods were hand selected for this very limited series and include a curly maple top, African ribbon mahogany back, and mahogany neck with a 24 fret Madagascar rosewood fingerboard. Newly introduced 85/15 treble and bass pickups define the tone with power, versatility, and clarity. The 30th Anniversary Dragon’s gold-plated hardware includes PRS Phase III locking tuners and the PRS patented tremolo system.
The visual star of the guitar is the elaborate, fantastical dragon inlay designed by Jeff Easley, a fantasy artist famous for some of Dungeons & Dragons rulebook covers. PRS Guitars engaged Aulson Inlay, to deconstruct Easley’s artwork and recreate it into several distinctive sections that have been embedded into the body of the guitar and conclude with the dragon’s tail whipping up the fretboard. The finished product includes more than 285 parts fashioned from a wide array of inlay materials including most prominently: jade, azurite, lapis, pyrite, abalone, and mother of pearl. 30th Anniversary Dragons are available in two PRS high-gloss colors: Tiger Eye and Nightshade.
The Private Stock 30th Anniversary Dragon will be limited to 40 pieces, with the initial prototype already committed to be a significant feature in the Museum for Musical Instruments guitar exhibit in Phoenix, Arizona.
|Top Wood||PS Grade Curly Maple w/”Retro” Carve|
|Back Wood||African Ribbon Mahogany|
|Number of Frets||24|
|Fretboard Wood||Madagascar Rosewood|
|Neck Shape||Pattern Regular|
|Inlays||30th Anniversary Dragon Inlay on Body & Fingerboard|
|Headstock||Madagascar Rosewood w/ Inlaid Green Ripple Private Stock Eagle|
|Tuners||PRS Phase III Tuners w/ Madagascar Tuner Buttons|
|Treble Pickup||PRS 85/15 Treble|
|Bass Pickup||PRS 85/15 Bass|
|Controls||Push/Pull Tone (Activates Sweet Switch), and 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch|