Updated with a new "pattern" neck shape, "V12" finish, and 53/10 pickups, the ME Quatro builds on the Modern Eagle tradition of using premium tonewoods, including a select dalbergia neck and fretboard and artist-grade top, to create a bold yet elegant instrument.
The ME Quatro incorporates the following new features:
Finish should enhance the look, sound, and feel of a guitar by accentuating the wood's inherent beauty and feel without hindering its natural resonance. And PRS Guitars' new "V12" finish does just that. Introduced at Experience PRS 2010, "V12" is a very thin, hard, and clear finish that will not crack or react with thinners. After roughly 12 years in development, it is halfway between acrylic and nitro but with a classic feel all its own. "PRS models with this new finish feel like old instruments," said Paul Reed Smith.
Pattern Neck Shape
Neck shapes have always been a high priority for PRS and a hallmark of their quality. A guitar should feel comfortable, like "home," as soon as you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. Perfected after years of prototyping, the new "Pattern" neck is an updated Wide Fat PRS neck style based on Paul's pre-factory design. These necks were found on the instruments built for Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton, and Howard Leese from the late '70s to the mid '80s.
Whether in woodworking, machining, or cast and die work, patternmaking is the art of arriving at a perfect standard that can be duplicated or used to create new designs from by "offsetting." All PRS necks came to be as a result of offsetting from this original, Wide Fat design.
The 53/10 pickup is the latest in the series of humbucking pickups that already includes PRS 57/08 and 59/09s (and the smaller aperture 57/08 Narrowfield). First debuting as part of a limited run in the summer of 2010, the distinct 53/10 is the warmest-sounding of the vintage themed bunch. The 53/10 coil wire is made on the same machine that supplied legendary guitar makers in the '50s. Wire specifications for the 53/10 are slightly different than the others and are made using a special process reserved for a single-coil bridge pickup circa 1953; however, the 53/10 is a humbucking pickup. Smith commented, "There are single-coil guitars from that era that are beautifully big, fat sounding guitars." With that tone as inspiration, 53/10 pickups are similar to the original 57/08 but with a "sweeter" high end.
Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.
Carved 'artist grade' figured maple top with mahogany back
25" scale length
22-fret bound select dalbergia 'pattern' neck and select dalbergia fretboard
Cocobolo headstock veneer
Mother-of-pearl/paua heart bird inlays and headstock eagle
PRS 53/10 bridge humbucker
PRS 53/10 neck humbucker
Volume and push/pull (coil-splitting) Tone control
3-way toggle pickup switch
PRS low-mass locking tuners
"ME Quatro" truss rod cover
Custom Guitar's Friend Gold Coverage
Gold Coverage goes above and beyond the manufacturer's warranty to protect your gear from unexpected breakdowns, accidental damage from handling
and failures. This plan covers your product for one, two, three or up to five years from your date of purchase, costs just pennies per day and gives you a
complete "no-worry" solution for protecting your investment.
Gold Coverage Includes:
Unexpected and unintentional spills, drops and cracks
Normal wear and tear
Dust, internal heat and humidity
Other plan features include:
For products over $200, No Lemon Policy applies. If it fails for the same defect 3 times, it is replaced on the 4th breakdown. (Does not apply to failures due to drops, spills, and cracks)
For products under $200 experiencing the above failures, a Custom Guitar's Friend gift card will be issued for the full price of the product + tax.
Shipping fees covered if required for repair or replacement
Plans are transferable in the event merchandise is sold
Plans are renewable on new gear
*Limitations and exclusions apply. See terms and conditions for program details
Term for New Gear begins on date of purchase but does not replace the store return policy or manufacturer coverage.
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I have played thousands of guitars and Nothing comes close to the PRS ME Quatro. The best woods on the planet, best pickups, amazing neck, And craftsmanship that will make any Gibson feel like a squire. I have no doubt in my mind this is the best guitar in the world. If you have the money and are serious about music there shouldn't be any reason not to buy it.
.As stated in the header, this is the Holy Grail of the guitar world. First off, the 53/10s are the most dynamic pickups I have ever heard. They can handle anything from blues to rock, and - contrary to current opinions - metal. Unique about these pickups is there almost perfect characterization of that sought after 50s tone. Along with these electronics, the craftsmanship and materials are top notch. Just holding this instrument, you can tell the amount of work that went into making it perfect. The rosewood neck/fretboard allow the smoothest action and the artist grade top is simply stunning. The paisley case is also a piece of art in itself.
Logistically, I had the best purchasing experience. The Private Reserve sales manager who helped me stayed a good hour overtime just to confirm everything with my order. I received free one day air shipping and the guitar came double boxed in its case! I had absolutely no concerns about the state of my beauty when I took her out of the case.
Lastly, while this guitar is definitely a pretty penny, I think it is an investment with infinite return. She (I have not named her yet) will be a major part of my life and my child's life and so on and so forth. I can easily see this instrument being a family heirloom that I pass down throughout the generations.
Check out the pictures below! Just incredible.
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