Guitar Gallery

87:- 870909- James’ mini PRS (2009)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009



My elder grandson James is a keen budding guitar player and the inexpensive “beginner’s guitar” I bought him to start on just doesn’t do it. When James visits, he loves to play my guitar, a McCarty PRS. So…for his birthday, Grandad had to make him his own electric guitar, a miniature version of the McCarty.

The guitar is 75mm shorter in scale length and the construction is pretty much the same as the genuine item. The machineheads and bridge are Wilkinson and the pickups are WSC humbuckers. The strings are 10 to 46s and the little guitar is surprisingly playable.

72: – 72 1204 – Frankston Guitar Festival guitar. (2004)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Guitar is tone chambered mahogany with a figured maple cap and is based on PRS-body shape with a glued in neck and three DiMarzio HS-2 stacked humbuckers in Strat configuration. Switching allows for ALL pickup combinations and single coil and/or humbucking operation. Finish is transparent blue-green.

As may have been predicted, the switching options made for a confusing guitar to play…

The guitar was stolen from Music Aviva in Daylesford in 2005.

53: – 53 0502 (2002)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

This is a PRS-shaped hollowbody with a ply top and back and pine ribs (or sides) with no shaping to top or back, with a glued-in mahogany neck and “f” holes. The guitar is fitted with a basic tailpiece and a tune-o-matic bridge and two basic P90 type pickups. This instrument reappeared in October, 2007 because the tailpiece-type stringing that the buyer requested caused the top (and back) to deform. The wraparound bridge system originally intended was refitted and the problem should now be solved.

51: – 51 0302 (2002)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Another PRS-style guitar made at the same time as #50, it was constructed using tone chambering and a maple cap. It was initially fitted with Stewart MacDonald “New Age” pickups, but these were replaced with the usual Di Marzios and the sound improved markedly.

This guitar was purchased by David Halsall in June 2002.

50: – 50 0301- Richard Kornas’s PRS-style guitar. (2001)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Made of solid African mahogany with a mahogany neck, this guitar has a maple cap and ebony fret board with sandpipers inlaid in the fretboard, PRS- like. The pickups are both Gibson items, and it is finished in transparent red. The neck, in the early stages, pulled backwards, but has now stabilised.

Last week, (April, 2012), this guitar reappeared in my workshop because Lennart, its new owner, wanted some modifications made, including removing some of the weight of the guitar, and so I routed a substantial amount of timber from the back of the guitar to make it appreciably lighter. The new cavity is covered using a 3mm acrylic rear plate.

I had forgotten, though, just how good this guitar sounded and just how well it played, and after a bit of a set up, it’s back to as good as new, sounding and playing wonderfully.

“Just perfect…” as Lennart said when he picked it up this morning…

47: – 47 0200 – PRS style (2000)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


The guitar was based on the PRS McArty model and used a glued-in neck and a chambered mahogany and maple-capped body. It was fitted with two PAF Pro pickups with metal covers. It had a single volume and tone with 3-way switch. It was finished in Mirrortone Blue. The guitar was used as a demonstration guitar for a couple of years and was eventually sold through Guitar Emporium in Albert Park in July, 2002.

19: The Chris Hammond “Butterfly” guitar (1995)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

The guitar that prompted the PRS letter.

Constructed from a single piece of Honduras mahogany, it had striped ebony fret board and butterfly inlays in mother of pearl. Pickups were Seymour Duncan “Pearly Gates” at the bridge and a “The Jazz” in the neck position, supplied by the customer.

Not long after this guitar was constructed, I received a very important looking letter addressed to “The President, Richards Guitars” from Paul Reed Smith and signed by Mr Smith himself. It seems he was concerned that I may have been encroaching on some of his registered designs and requested that I not indulge in unfair competition!

Of course, I wrote back reassuring him that that was not at all my intention and heard nothing further on the matter. The letter is now framed and hangs on the wall of my office.