1993 Paul Reed Smith EGII HSH in 3 colour Sunburst

The Blue book Says:

– offset double cutaway alder body with a flat top, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, black headstock overlay with PRS logo, three-per-side locking tuners, standard PRS tremolo system, plastic pickguard, available in three pickup configurations including two HFS humbuckers (bridge, neck) and one Fralin single coil pickup (mid, EG1), one HFS humbucker (bridge) and two Fralin Zero Noise domino hum-cancelling single coil pickups (neck, mid, EG2), or three Fralin Zero Noise domino hum-cancelling single coil pickups (EG3), two knobs (v, tone with a push/pull coil tap), five-way pickup switch, black plastic parts, chrome hardware, available in Black, Black Sunbursrt, Classic Red, Electric Blue, Electric Red, Pearl Black, Pearl White, Seafoam Green, or Tri-Color Sunburst finish, mfg. 1991-95.

I Say:

Highly regarded by players, who want a guitar that’ll stay in tune and cover a wide range of tones. The EG series was designed by Joe Knaggs, the idea was to have a quality 22 fret strat style guitar that would sound like a super strat but stay in tune. 

The Alder body and bolt on Maple neck with Rosewood Fingerboard, was a classic design that shared the same basic DNA as a Fender Stratocaster but combined them into a package that was undeniably PRS. The neck had a really nice comfortable profile but was fitted with fatter frets than a traditional strat, which made it very easy to play. In a nutshell, it takes the best bits of a strat and the tuning stability of a PRS. By using the high quality PRS hardware they came up with a super strat that’s a superb gigging machine. 

Despite being a design classic and absolute tone monsters, they were produced at a time when high gain amps and Floyd Rose super strats were the norm plus having a high price tag, meant they never sold well. In an interview Paul Reed Smith actually admitted losing money on each guitar because of the decision to go with the higher production cost in the U.S.A. Production ceased in 1995 with only 2000 guitars ever being made, making the USA made PRS EG’s pretty rare and sought after.

The guitar is in great condition for its age, one or two minor dings.  The rosewood fretboard and frets show minor wear in the open chord positions, but nothing that would warrant a recrown yet.  At some point the push pull coil tap has been disconnected, the wiring is so fine however that I’m reluctant to start messing with it.