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An exotic blend of airy swamp ash and multivoiced Narrowfield pickups.
The narrowfield PRS 25th Anniversary Swamp Ash Electric Guitar is all about versatility. The Swamp Ash Special is equipped with a solid swamp ash body, a bolt-on maple neck, a narrowfield pickup in the middle position, and a 5-way blade switch to offer a multitude of new single-coil sounds.
PRS narrowfield pickups focus the string attack much like a single-coil but in addition they are hum canceling. The result is a new-sounding pickup system which blends features of single-coil, soapbar, and humbucking pickups. Additionally, the 25th Anniversary Swamp Ash Special guitar is enhanced with PRS shadow bird inlays, an anniversary headstock eagle, and a maple fretboard.
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I own the smoked amber version, and the guitar is stunning. Better yet every time I show this guitar to other guitarists, they always say the narrow fields sound like humbuckers until you roll the volume back... "holy crap! I can't believe how clear they are without touching the amp." This guitar is extremely versatile when matched with a good amp.
I purchased the 25th Anniversary Swampash Special mainly because of the narrow field pickups. I was interested in the actual sound and how versatile the sound would be. The Charcoal Grey with the maple neck is stunning and the workmanship is impeccable. The neck is a little fatter than my other PRS's but it did not change the way I play and really didn't take time to get adjusted to. The pickups served up an earful of tone which lent itself to any style of music. I used it from hard rock, blues to jazz. The guitar is expensive but you get what you pay for. The 25th Anniversary Swampash delivers and worth every penny.
I do not own the 25th anniversary edition of this guitar but own the slightly older S.A.S. I purchased this instrument a couple months ago after looking for something different from PRS and this is it. You can get great strat sounding tones but it's not limited to just that. The combo of the humbuckers/single coils is really unique so it allows you many different combinations and is great especially for live applications where you don't want to switch guitars all the time. The build quality as usual from PRS is second to none and the price tag is very reasonable in my opinion. Mine has the maple board which is nice and slick and the sunburst color is great.
I absolutely love this new SAS I bought it about three weeks ago. like all the PRS guitars I've played, the factory setup is outstanding, and the finish is perfect. I have several other guitars which I've owned for years including an Ibanez 540, a Gibson Les Paul Custom, a custom Strat, and also Prs Custom 24. The tone on the new SAS with these narrow field pups does sort of cover the middle ground between the strat and Gibson sounds. the narrow fields sound a little more like hum buckers to me than single coils though. As for versatility, I'm not sure this guitar will become my single "go-to" guitar. i'm still tweaking my amp settings before I can make that call. for now the Prs Custom 24 will play that roll with it's true hum buckers and the ability to split the coils. the custom 24 can get closer to both the Gibson for fatness and power and to my Strat for Quack And clarity. this SAS is still unique for tone and with it's maple fretboard it sure is a beauty. i' keeping it for sure.
If you got to YouTube and watch the Davey Knowles demonstration of this guitar, it shows pretty much everything you need to know, and hear, in particular. This guitar has an amazing sound! It is very "Strat-Like" in tone, but the statement that the Narrowfield's combine elements of Single-Coil, Soapbar and Humbucker is accurate. The Swamp Ash model brings out the Stratier, more single coil aspect, where the McCarty brings more of the Humbucker side (I also have a McCarty Narrowfield). As a long time PRS player (since 1988), I can say this is one of the best guitars they've made, and the sounds it offers are a perfect complement to my Custom 24 and Custom 22, as well as the aforementioned McCarty Narrowfield. If you are a fan of the tones on Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix records, you need to check out this guitar. I play through an Engl Steve Morse Signature head, and this amp or a comparable tube amp (you need tube versatility to bring out the distinctness of each guitar) are essential to bring out the best in this or any guitar.