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PRS Private Stock John McLaughlin Limited Edition Signature Model Electric Guitar - Charcoal Phoenix PS#10656


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“Playing music is a way of being. Playing an instrument requires you to move out of the normal level of consciousness. If you’re thinking, you’re not playing. If you’re playing, you’re not thinking. If you... See more

“Playing music is a way of being. Playing an instrument requires you to move out of the normal level of consciousness. If you’re thinking, you’re not playing. If you’re playing, you’re not thinking. If you have problems with your instrument, you’re not going to move out of the thinking zone and into your own world. This is why I love my guitar. For me, it’s perfect.” – John McLaughlin

The PRS Private Stock John McLaughlin is a classic instrument that has been meticulously spec’d by Paul Reed Smith to honor John McLaughlin. All of the woods were specially chosen by Smith for their tone, figure, and weight. The specs are fairly straightforward: maple top, mahogany back, hormigo neck (a tone wood used on marimbas for sound-producing tines)

with an African blackwood fretboard, 22 frets, 25” scale length, Pattern neck, PRS’s patented Gen III tremolo, and PRS Phase III tuners.

Some of the more particular details on this model are in the finish, pickups, and electronics. The guitar is finished in high-gloss nitro with an unfinished neck with clear grain filler for a smooth, natural playing feel. The TCI pickups feature American Alnico and are paired with volume and tone controls with a 3-way toggle pickup switch and two mini-toggle EQ switches. The mini-toggles act as tuned high-pass filters when engaged (in the up position), removing shelved low-end and allowing the high frequencies through for more clarity and musical highs.

“Being John’s guitar maker is an honour I fought decades for, and to now be able to give him a signature model is a special moment for me and hopefully the industry,” said Paul Reed Smith. “These guitars were designed to both feel like magic when you pick them up but also disappear in your hands so you can just focus on playing. John is capable of playing at extraordinary speed and with this instrument, you hear every note. Finding that balance as a guitar maker and coaxing every bit of sound out of the guitar was the key.”

Paul Reed Smith and Paul Miles have signed each Private Stock John McLaughlin model onthe back of the headstock. As an added detail, John McLaughlin has autographed the backplate of each instrument. Only 200 PRS Private Stock John McLaughlin guitars will be made in 2023.


  • Body Construction Solidbody
  • Top Wood Figured Maple
  • Back Wood African Mahogany
  • Top Carve Violin


  • Number of Frets 22
  • Fret Wire PRS Jumbo
  • Scale Length 25”
  • Neck Wood Hormigo
  • Neck Construction One-Piece
  • Truss Rod PRS Double-Acting
  • Neck Shape Pattern
  • Neck Depth
  • at the . Fret 7/8” [22.22 mm]
  • Neck Width
  • at the Nut 1 11/16” [42.85 mm]
  • Neck Width
  • at the Body 2 .” [57.15 mm]
  • Neck Depth
  • at the 12 . 61/64” [24.20 mm]
  • Fretboard Wood African Blackwood
  • Fretboard Radius 10”
  • Fretboard Inlay Celtic Knots, Abalone Knot w/ Holly Spikes
  • and Crushed Opal Oval
  • Headstock Logo Private Stock Eagle, Crushed Opal w/ Holly Outlines
  • NBA Type Set


  • Finish High-Gloss Nitro
  • Bridge PRS Patented Tremolo, Gen III
  • Tuners PRS Phase III Locking
  • Hardware Type Nickel
  • Nut Bone
  • Truss Rod Cover “John McLaughlin”


  • Treble Pickups TCI
  • Bass Pickups TCI
  • Controls Volume & Tone Controls with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch
  • and Two Mini-Toggle EQ Switches


  • Strings 10’s
  • Tuning Standard (6 String): E-A-D-G-B-E
  • Case Private Stock Brown Paisley
  • Charcoal Phoenix with Smoked Black Back


  • P1 (down): treble pickup
  • P2: treble and bass pickups
  • P3 (up): bass pickup
  • Up: High-Pass EQ Mode
  • Down: Standard Humbucker Mode

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