Forgive me for being redundant - all this info is stated in the About Us section of my website.
Back in 2004 I was on my 9th year as a brick and mortar music store owner here in Chico, CA. At the time, I was a PRS dealer. My daughter was born in June of that year. It was just about that time that I heard about a Gibson's suit against PRS, claiming that the production of the Singlecut was an infringement on GIbson's iconic Les Paul.
Prior to this event, Singlecuts weren't exactly flying off the shelves like we'd hoped they would. Suddenly, however, we had just one left - the rush for "pre-lawsuit" Singlecuts was on. I decided to grab the last one in the store and stash it, hoping that one day it could help fund some future college expenses or something impactful for my daughter.
I should have known that the lawsuit would be overturned - it was pretty weak on the part of Gibson to think that this would fl - but I was sucked in to the prospect of this time capsule becoming incredibly valuable one day. That obviously didn't work out, but here is the guitar nonetheless.
When I decided to stash the guitar, I went around the shop and grabbed a bunch of PRS literature to put in the case. Included is the original hang tag, owner's manual, warranty card, the letter notifying us as a dealer of the injunction/lawsuit, a 2004 PRS calendar, a 2004 full line PRS catalog, a 2004 PRS DVD, the Christmas card they sent us as a dealer in 2004, a Guitar Player magazine that highlights PRS's 20th anniversary, and the sticker that came in the case with the guitar. My idea was to make this a time capsule.
The one thing that is not included is the original trem arm. It either ended up in a drawer, in a customer's pocket, or maybe on another Singlecut we sold before this one. Retail was so fun like that - stuff like tremolo arms disappeared all too often!
The guitar shows light signs of handling and play, mostly from its first few months hanging in the shop as I have rarely pulled it out to play or to show a client every now and then. It is of course all-original with no modifications, and we just set it up with a new set of strings, though we always state that final setup is in the hands of our customers as we can never nail from a distance how you're going to want your setup.
Everything is checked and tested in our process, no matter where a guitar came from or how old it is/isn't.
You'll see that we make sure even my own memory is correct by checking parts for originality and picturing everything for you here. The truss rod was checked and is fully functional. The guitar was actually in tune when I pulled it out the other day - I hadn't played it in well over a year! We did a very light fret polish as they had tarnished slightly from non use. The guitar is 100% good to go!
Upgrades from the base model include the 10 top and bird inlays.
- Color: Black Cherry
- Weight: 9lbs 2oz
- Body: Mahogany w/Flame Maple 10 Top
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck Profile: C
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Inlay: MOP Birds in Flight
- Frets: Large
- Fret count: 22
- Nut material: Black Micarta
- Nut width: 1.685"
- Scale: 25"
- Neck thickness at 1st fret: 0.850"
- Neck thickness at 7th fret: 0.902"
- Neck thickness at 12th fret: 0.921"
- Hardware: Original
- Neck pickup: 7.8k
- Bridge pickup: 11.59k
- Pickguard: None
- Bridge: Original Tremolo
- Tuners: Original Locking
- Switch: Original
- Pots: Original
- Case: OHSC
- In the case: Everything