PRS Introduces a New Voice for the Electric Guitar: The 408 Maple Top and 408 Standard

Posted Sep 14, 2012

PRS is proud to offer a new voice with the 408 MT and 408 Standard. These inspiring new instruments, offered in both maple top (MT) and all mahogany (Standard) configurations, bring the versatility and voicing of PRS Guitar’s proprietary Signature/408 pickups (previously featured on the Private Stock Signature and the Signature Limited Edition) to PRS’s Core line.

PRS 408 pickups were designed to extend the guitar’s tonal spectrum by narrowing the field of the bass pickup to increase its focus and widening the field of the treble pickup to increase its sound field (hence their asymmetric appearance). This pickup configuration (comprised of four coils and offering eight sounds) stems back to Paul’s experimentation on the Sorcerer’s Apprentice guitars in the early 1980’s. Thanks to the simple but versatile switching system featuring mini-toggle switches that provide numerous combinations of humbucking and singlecoil tones, the 408 Maple Top and Standard provide stunning articulation and musical clarity.

“We get phone calls [from session players] who say, ‘I picked up a [408-equipped] guitar, and I didn’t touch anything else—I didn’t need anything else,’” says Paul Reed Smith. “I’m not hearing anything except good feedback these days about what’s going on.”

Additional specification include a 25” scale length, 22-fret Pattern or Pattern Thin mahogany neck (rosewood neck option) with rosewood fretboard, bird inlays (moons optional), PRS Phase III tuners, PRS Tremolo (stoptail option), and nickel hardware with gold or hybrid option.

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