In the spirit of Private Stock’s ever forward-thinking designs, welcome May 2016’s Guitar of the Month: the 509. The 509 starts with a 5 single coil platform – with the outside two coils grouped as humbuckers. With its longer scale length (25.25”), middle single coil pickup, and two mini-toggle coil-tap switches, the 509 is perfect for single coil players who want the added tonal versatility of humbucking and humbucking + single coil sounds in one guitar.
Additional premium Private Stock specification include a Private Stock grade curly maple top with African ribbon mahogany back, curly maple neck with kingwood fingerboard, headstock veneer, and truss rod cover, mother of pearl purfling, side dots, and inlays, and the Private Stock Gen III Tremolo. The May 509 models will be finished in Imperial Purple Smoked Burst. Only ten of these instruments will be made for May 2016, commemorating Private Stock’s 20th Anniversary.
Five Pickups, Nine Sounds
5-Way Blade P1, Mini-Toggle Up: Treble Pickup Humbucking
5-Way Blade P1, Mini-Toggle Down: Treble Pickup Single Coil
5-Way Blade P2, Mini-Toggle Up: Treble Pickup Humbucking + Middle Pickup
5-Way Blade P2, Mini-Toggle Down: Treble Pickup Single Coil + Middle Pickup
5-Way Blade P3: Middle Pickup
5-Way Blade P4, Mini-Toggle Up: Middle Pickup + Bass Pickup Humbucking
5-Way Blade P4, Mini-Toggle Down: Middle Pickup + Bass Pickup Single Coil
5-Way Blade P5, Mini-Toggle Up: Bass Pickup Humbucking
5-Way Blade P5, Mini-Toggle Down: Bass Pickup Single CoilGuitar of the Month
Guitar of the Month
The original Guitars of the Month were cased between December 1994 and March 1996. They provided the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and led directly to the Private Stock to the creation of the Private Stock program with the first “official” Private Stock instrument casing on April 19, 1996.
“At the time, the original Guitars of the Month program was a way for us to experiment with new designs and features. To this day, that innovation and specialization is still at the heart of the Private Stock program, and we are very excited to try out some new ideas for our 20th Anniversary year.” – Paul Reed Smith
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Curly Maple
Body wood: African Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: Pattern regular
Neck wood: Curly Maple
Scale length: 25.25"
Truss rod: Dual-action
Neck finish: Gloss
Material: Kingwood with Mother of Pearl Purfling
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Nut width: 1.656" (42mm)
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Not applicable
Active EQ: Yes
Special electronics: Two mini coil tap switches
Control layout: Master volume, tone
Pickup switch: 5-way
Coil tap or split: Coil tap
Kill switch: No
Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: Gen III
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Phase III locking with Kingwood buttons
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Limited production
Case: Hardshell case
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