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PRS Howard Leese Limited Private Stock Golden Eagle Electric Guitar
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The Howard Leese Limited Private Stock Golden Eagle Electric Guitar is identical to the instrument that Paul Reed Smith built for Howard in the early...Click To Read More About This Product
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A rare limited-edition signature model that helped create features now standard on PRS guitars.
The Howard Leese Limited Private Stock Golden Eagle Electric Guitar is identical to the instrument that Paul Reed Smith built for Howard in the early 1980s, which was the first PRS to have a maple top. This is a limited run of 100 guitars. Features unique to the Howard Leese Gold Eagle include a thicker mahogany body, a wide-fat neck profile with a modified heel, a pre-factory Santana headstock shape, an ebony headstock veneer, and a vintage amber finish. Appointments include a gorgeous curly maple top, bird fingerboard inlays, green abalone strips running parallel between the two Seymour Duncan Zebra Santana II pickups, cr¨me pickup rings, and amber top hat style control knobs. Includes a green Howard Leese flight case with purple lining.
- Style: PRS Santana Double Cutaway (Thickness and carve to Howard Leese's specs)
- Finish: Gloss Nitro-Cellulose
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Top Wood: Curly Maple
- Scale Length: 24.5"
- Neck Wood: Mahogany with modified heel
- Fretboard: Bound rosewood
- Fretboard Radius: 11.5"
- Neck Shape: Wide Fat
- Inlays: Modified Birds on neck, green abalone strip between pickups
- Number of Frets: 24
- Fret Wire: 513
- Bridge: PRS Tremolo
- Tuners: PRS 14:1 Phase II locking tuners with larger tuning buttons
- Hardware Type: Nickel
- Truss Rod Cover: "22"
- Bridge Pickup: Santana II Zebra
- Neck Pickup: Santana II Zebra
- Pickup Switching: Amber top hat Volume and two Tone controls, with 3-way slide selector
- Includes Green flight case with purple lining
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Oh my god, this thing totally rocks. I couldn't believe the price, thought it was a bit expensive, but dont let that sway you. It is worth every penny. My buddy just got one so I had the luxury to try it out. I played it through a 1949 Marshall 10 Watt head hooked up to a 1974 Fender 2x12 cabinet and wow this thing just shimmers! The cleans are silky smooth and the distorted sounds I can get with this are just unthinkable. From classic crunch to modern high gain, this guitar could pull it off no problem. The action on this thing feels like its from another world, its almost as if Im not even playing it its so simple to fret any chords!! I think Im going to sell my 1958 Strat and some of my other recording gear to buy this guitar. I have never been so impressed with a guitar in my entire life. THis thing changed my views of what a boutique guitar can really be.
I had the opportunity to play this ax for just a few minutes at a friend's house. He's a bit of a collector, and was excited to "show me his stuff." One thing lead to another and I was rocking on this through some high-end gorilla amp. The long and the short, so to speak, is that the guitar that really caught my eye and ear was the one next to this one in his studio. Right there, next to his homemade drum riser was a a Stinnett custom guitar, that cost 1/10th the price of this one, and sounded significantly better. If you are interested in a very nice ax with all the fixins, check out Stinnett's offerings before shelling over the cash for this sub par, over-priced thing.
I'm a really clean, technical player who loves humbuckers, and it just doesn't get any better than this guitar. I've had the good fortune of a good career that I love, which provides me with plenty of extra money for big boy toys. My buddy Joe turned me onto this guitar, when he said that he had one in his studio that I could try. As it turned out, the guitar was out on loan when I decided to drop by his place for a test drive. As luck would have it, a local store did have this guitar in stock, and I fell in love with it as I played the first few notes. It sounded like the voice of Jesus himself and played like lightning. The pickups really brought out the beautiful qualities in the overdrive channel of a Mesa Triple Rectifier. Unfortunately, my local store's price on this guitar wasn't so attractive. I knew that I could count on Musician's Friend to have one of these fine guitars in stock, and at a reasonable price to boot. Just like always, Musician's Friend has the best gear at the best prices, and I'll definitely be doing business here for this purchase. Merry Christmas to me this year.
I sold my car to buy this guitar, and I must say, it was not worth it. The pots are sticky and crackle when adjusted. The action was poor. Several frets buzz and there's a few dead spots. It took some effort to get the setup and intonation at a playable level. It doesn't sound any better than any other quality guitar at one-tenth the price. This is basically a complete waste of money and now I need a new car. Don't buy this.
When I saw this guitar I knew I had to own it. I was worried at first that it might be damaged during shipping but the MF staff were extremely helpful. I did find that the varnish is a little thick on the guitar for my personal tastes. Once I got the varnish sanded off and replaced with a nice thin nitro finish this guitar really sings. I use it to create samples for my Hip Hop clients, and they absolutely love it, especially through a quality modeler like the POD XP PRO.