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A semi-hollowbody that's perfect for jazz, but can handle any style you like.
The result of a collaboration between Paul Reed Smith and Paul Jackson, Jr., the JA-15 was originally designed with Jazz musicians in mind. But with several new innovations, it’s no surprise rockers are loving it too. Highlights include a “pattern” neck shape, 57/08 pickups, a two-piece adjustable bridge, and “V12” finish. The warmth of the spruce top paired with the high-end clarity of the figured maple back creates a resonance in this guitar that is balanced with tonal clarity, and the simple control layout makes the JA-15 a joy to play.
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Comments about PRS JA-15 Electric Guitar:
If I don't know what I'm getting into and can only take one electric guitar, this is the one. The jazz tones are excellent and the thinner body size makes long gigs more comfortable. The bridge pickup is not as bright as some, but as a result is maybe more usable. It still digs in, but the nails-through-the-ears shrillness of some bridge pickups is not there - no need to roll off the tone to tame it. Good sounds, and excellent PRS woodworking - which you'd expect at this price. Not cheap - but a solid professional instrument that does a wide range of jobs. I've used the guitar on jazz instumental combo gigs and backing a jazz vocalist through a Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight and Quilter Ultralight Eight, a country-rockabilly gig through a Princeton, a classic rock gig through a Vibrolux with a Blues Driver pedal. Great results in all settings.
Problems: I had to send this back for warranty work twice, both for electronics issues. The next pickup inexplicably and intermittantly lost volume - down to less than half - and right in the middle of a gig. PRS replaced the pickup and I've had no trouble since. The other problem may not have been a problem, but a "feature" that didn't suit me. When I first played the guitar, I noticed an interaction between the tone and volume controls. As a jazz player, I want to set a tone quality, then vary the volume for comping and solos without a big change in tone. This wasn't happening - increased volume also increased the treble. We sent the instrment back to PRS and they fixed my problem. However, I'm still not clear if they corrected a defect or un-did a design feature. Either way, I'm happy with the result and am grateful for the factory's great support.