Meet The Model: September Private Stock “Guitar Of The Month”

Posted Oct 20, 2016

Behind The Gear

2016 is a special year because it celebrates the 20th Anniversary of our custom shop, affectionally known as Private Stock. For this anniversary year, Private Stock has brought back the “Guitar Of The Month” program - a new experimental guitar design will be released in small numbers each month of 2016! Recently, we released the September Guitar Of The Month!


Private Stock is an area of the PRS shop where the most unique instrument building takes place. As a matter of fact, that is exactly how Private Stock came to be. As a builder, Paul Reed Smith felt the urge to try something different and Private Stock was his creative outlet. All of this began in the mid 1990’s, but Private Stock is here today, celebrating their 20th Anniversary, and still experimenting through the Guitar Of The Month program.

We call the September Guitar Of The Month, the "24 Fret McCarty Singlecut Trem."

24 Fret McCarty Singlecut Trem

Gold is the theme for our September guitar of the month which features over 25 3" x 3" squares of 23K gold leaf and gold mother of pearl bird inlays. The instrument was inspired by a special gold leaf instrument built for Carlos Santana, one which he continues to use extensively on tour. In addition to the classic Santana/PRS combination of a 24.5" scale length, 24 frets, and a tremolo bridge, this guitar utilizes a "custom wound" 58/15 treble pickup for a little more power in the bridge position, just the way Carlos likes it.

Like every Private Stock instrument, these guitars are built with an incredible amount of detail and hours of meticulous hand labor. See photos of the September Guitar Of The Month being built below!

See the full specs for the September Guitar of the Month here!

This limited run will be offered in a quantity of only 20 instruments and can be found through the following dealers:

Chicago Music Exchange
Chicago, Illinois
Guitar Maverick
Keller, Texas
Lark Guitars
San Antonio, TX
Music Villa
Bozeman, MT
Peach Guitars
Essex, UK
Project Music
Exeter, UK
PRS Europe
Righteous Guitars
Roswell, Georgia
Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Guitar Sanctuary
McKinney, Texas
The Guitar Shop - Canada
Ontario, Canada
Tom Lee Music
Hong Kong
Wildwire Guitars
Selby, UK
Willcutt Guitars
Lexington, Kentucky
World Guitars
Stonehouse, UK