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The PRS NF 53 is a powerful guitar that combines classic tones with modern design. Inspired by one of Paul Reed Smith’s vintage guitars from 1953, the PRS NF 53 combines a swamp ash body and 22-fret, 25.5” scale length bolt-on maple neck with maple fretboard with a special set of PRS Narrowfield pickups. The PRS Narrowfield DD (Deep Dish) pickups are made with taller bobbins to fit more winds and extra metal pieces in between the magnets for a more focused, powerful tone.

“I am so pleased with the feedback from the artists who have played this guitar – everyone is telling us that we have something special here,” said Paul Reed Smith. “If you are a fan of this style and tone, the NF 53 will take you where you want to go. To me to have this kind of beautiful high end without the hum is game changing.”

Paired with a volume and tone control and 3-way blade pickup switch, the NF 53 allows players to easily dial in their sound. The steel plate-style bridge, PRS vintage style tuners, and nickel hardware all work together to provide precise and reliable tuning stability while promoting sustain and powerful tone.

The PRS NF 53 is available in four stunning finishes: White Doghair, Black Doghair, Blue Matteo, and McCarty Tobacco Sunburst. Whether you are a seasoned player or just starting out, the PRS NF 53 is an addictive guitar you won’t want to put down.

Featured Specifications

Specifications

Body
Body Construction Solidbody
Body Wood Swamp Ash
Top Carve Flat Top
Neck
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Neck Wood Maple
Neck Construction Scarfed
Truss Rod PRS Double-Acting
Neck Shape Pattern 53
Neck Depth at the 1/2 Fret 7/8"
Neck Depth at the 12 1/2 Fret 31/32"
Neck Width at the Nut 1 41/64"
Neck Width at the Body 2 7/32"
Fretboard Wood Maple
Fretboard Radius 10"
Fretboard Inlay Birds
Headstock Logo Signature
Neck/Body Assembly
Neck/Body Assembly Type Bolt-On
Finish
Finish Type High-Gloss Nitro
Neck Finish Type Semi-Gloss Nitro
Hardware
Bridge PRS Plate Style, Steel
Tuners PRS Vintage-Style Non-Locking Tuners with Wing Buttons
Hardware Type Nickel
Nut Bone
Truss Rod Cover NF 53
Electronics
Treble Pickup Narrowfield DD
Bass Pickup Narrowfield DD
Controls Volume and Tone Controls with 3-Way Blade Pickup Switch
Additional Info
Strings PRS Signature 10-46
Tuning Standard (6 String): E, A, D, G, B, E
Case Premium Gig Bag

Controls

Infographic showing switching positions for NF 53

NF 53 - Controls Description

Position 1 (Switch Down): Treble

Position 2 (Switch Middle): Both Pickups

Position 3 (Switch Up): Bass

Colors

Black

Black

Black Doghair

Black Doghair

Blue Matteo

Blue Matteo

McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

White Doghair

White Doghair

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“Having been a huge fan of PRS for many years, I was ecstatic to hear about the NF53 model. Once I got my hands on it, it quickly became my favorite guitar I have ever played. The playability, per PRS standards, is second to none and I’ve never encountered a more versatile instrument. It has everything I could ever need or want from an electric guitar. Twangy and beefy…smooth and crystal clear: the NF 53 is a total game changer! PRS have knocked it out of the park yet again!”

- Trey Hensley

“The NF 53 can scream, twang, or sing with subtlety. It’s responsive and touch sensitive—the notes are simply jumping out of this thing. On the stage and in the studio, getting single coil tones with zero hum thanks to the Narrowfield pickups is a game changer. The neck is the perfect amount of chunk. It can more than handle any gig and it’s just a blast to play.”

- Rick Lollar

“As a professional musician, I have played countless guitars over the years. From the moment I picked up the new NF53, I knew I was holding something special. The body pays tribute to the classic Telecaster design but with modern contours that make it more comfortable. The neck is smooth, comfortable, and the playability is exceptional. The pickups deliver a modern, punchy tone that's perfect for rock, blues or jazz, but it still retains that classic Tele twang. I can’t recommend the NF53 enough. It’s a top-quality instrument that's perfect for any serious musician.”

- Mike Seal

“Absolutely blown away! As a huge fan of T style guitars, this checks all the boxes. It can twang, it can rock - I’d take this on any gig that got thrown my way knowing I could cover tons of ground with it. As I’ve come to expect from every PRS - exceptional fit and finish and plays like a dream!”

- Seth Rosenbloom

“The new PRS NF 53 is as fun to play as it is to look at. A modern take on a classic. The feel of this guitar is as comfortable as I’ve come to expect from PRS and the tone is warm, woody and articulate. It has immediately found a home in my arsenal as a go to guitar and I have no reason to believe that will change anytime soon!”

- Kevin Arrowsmith, Luke Bryan

"What more need be said: the NF53 simply blew me away…and continues to every time I plug in! This is an exciting chapter in the PRS story and one you need to check out! Congratulations to Paul and staff - well done!

- Dan Weller, Tyler Hubbard

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