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Vintage tone and modern appeal with a new finish, neck shape, and tremolo.
Featuring a flat alder body, bolt-on neck, steel bridge components, and 3 proprietary PRS DC3 single-coil pickups based on PRS's award-winning 513 model platform, the DC3 has a warm, vintage tone and loads of modern appeal. The steel components in the bridge retain the balanced resonance of the alder and provide a clear, but expansive, tone and the 3-pickup configuration combined with a 5-way blade pickup selector offers ample switching possibilities. You've got to hear this guitar.
The DC3 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 Regular 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. The new "Pattern Regular" neck shape is similar to the traditional PRS regular neck found on guitars made in the late 80's at PRS's former Virginia Avenue location.
This new neck shape reflects modern tooling and programming that allows PRS to even more preciously shape and consistently reproduce their necks.
PRS Tremolo with Steel Components
The bridge plays a crucial role in the tone of a guitar by transferring the string's vibrations to the tonewood. When executed well, the bridge will enhance the wood's natural resonance. The PRS Tremolo with steel components offers a clear, expansive tone that sounds especially pleasing in guitars with single-coil tones.
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Comments about PRS DC3 with Rosewood Fretboard Electric Guitar:
This is my first PRS. I am impressed. This guitar is first rate in every way. Absolutly perfect. The sound is full and has the resonance that you have to hear because it's hard to describe when comparing it to other guitars.
The fit and finish are perfect. Even the strings that come with this guitar are ready to go. No need to change them out just yet.
The tuners have a solid feel that I have never experienced before and all of my guitars have locking tuners on them. These on the PRS are top of the line.
Even the case is the nicest case I've ever had, and I've had Gibson Les Paul, SG, American Fender, and other high guality cases. This one is the best of them all.
Everything about this guitar impresses me. It's better than I expected and I expected a lot.
This is the "keeper" that I was hoping it would be.
If you want a strat type guitar on steroids, then this is it. Top of the line, not kidding.
Comments about PRS DC3 with Rosewood Fretboard Electric Guitar:
This is basically the strat tone recipe, as executed and improved by PRS. PRS approached the strat recipe with the 305, but notable deviances in that model included the thicker carved top body, rear-loading controls, and set neck. This DC3 has a slab body, front pickguard-mounted controls and a bolt-on neck - the basic strat - with PRS advancements, PRS quality and PRS design cues. I've owned several Fender Strats over the years, own a circa-'92 Am Std now. They have varied significantly in quality of materials, component construction and assembly and sound, and all have been temperamental -- constant attention required to keep in top playing condition. I've replaced pickups, or wanted to, in all of them. This DC3 played and sounded wonderful right out of the box. Its system of graphite nut, locking tuners and smooth-operating PRS strat-type vibrato bridge allow for fairly aggressive use of the whammy without tuning difficulties, though it's clearly not made for extreme dive bombing. (You want that, get a guitar with a Floyd Rose.) Bridge and springs are set up in floating configuration so you can pull notes sharp about 1/2 step with the whammy, but individual string bending does not detune other strings except slightly, on aggressive bends. Fit, finish, fretwork and setup are perfect. Alder wood selected for body has a beautiful lively grain pattern well complimented by the finish. Played unplugged, the strings ring, zing and sustain beautifully, better than any Fender Strat I've played - reflecting excellent combination of body wood, neck and component construction and assembly. The PRS proprietary single coils bring out the best of what the strings are doing. They are richer, fuller, smoother and more balanced string-to-string than stock Fender single coils. There is no discernible string pull effect. They are versatile, in that you can get a thinner, bright stratty sound, or a thicker sound (even from the bridge pickup) as you wish, depending on how you set up your amp and pedals. They are single coils and may hum depending on your environment, but they are definitely quieter than other single coils I've played. The volume and tone pots turn very easily and taper very smoothly. The 5-way pickup selector switch is moved from the traditional Fender Strat position to the southwest, between the volume and tone knobs, which takes it out of the way of your strumming -- good idea IMO. The volume knob is moved slightly south of the traditional Fender spot -- good or bad depending on whether you want it in position to do easy volume swells. I don't, and like it a little out of the way of my picking hand. I think this model will compare quite favorably with other premium strat-type guitars from builders like Tom Anderson and Suhr. The uniquely PRS design cues visually distinguish this guitar from these other strat-types, though. I love the look.