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PRS Starla with Bird Inlays Electric Guitar
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The single-cutaway PRS Guitars Starla is an electric guitar that has many vintage-themed appointments. The Starla is PRS Guitars' first solidbody ele...Read More
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A PRS with vintage features and modern playability.
The single-cutaway PRS Guitars Starla is an electric guitar that has many vintage-themed appointments. The Starla is PRS Guitars' first solidbody electric guitar that has a standard Bigsby B5 tailpiece and a Grover Tune-o-matic-style bridge. The Starla guitar also includes exclusive Starla treble and bass pickups.
PRS accents the solid mahogany Starla guitar body with a 24-1/2" scale rosewood fingerboard, a solid mahogany neck and jaybird inlays. Proprietary Alnico magnets incorporated into the pickup design contribute to the guitar's unique clean and crisp sound, but are also capable of rich harmonic overtones when driven. Other features of the PRS Starla guitar include a uniquely shaped black plastic pick guard, tone and volume pots; and a three-way pickup selector.
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- Style: Single Cutaway
- Wood: Mahogany
- Finish: Gloss
- Neck: Mahogany
- Scale Length: 24-1/2"
- Neck Shape: Wide Fat
- Fretboard: East India Rosewood
- Number of Frets: 22
- Fretboard Radius: 10"
- Nut Width: 1-11/16"
- Fretboard Inlays: Green Abalone Outlines with Paua Heart Centers
- Hardware Color: Nickel
- Tailpiece: Bigsby B5
- Bridge: Grover Tune-O-Matic
- Tuners: Vintage Style
- Pickguard: Black
- Pickups: Starla Treble And Bass
- Controls: Volume And Tone Control
- Pickup Selector: 3-Way Blade Switch
- Case: Hardshell
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I am thoroughly pleased with this guitar (it's a keeper). The look. The feel. The craftsmenship. The sound. Its all there. I appeals to my style of play (classic/hard rock, blues, alternative) providing lovely, sharp, crisp tones. I am going to be playing this axe quite a bit.
As far as features go, this at the top of its class when compared with similar guitars like an SG or duo-jet. For less than two grand, you get a bigsby bridge and coil splitting capability, both of which are not available on standard sg models nor the duo jet (has bigsby but not coil splitting).
The brand speaks for itself. With the starla as with any prs you are purchasing a beautiful work of art constructed with a human element of craftsmenship and attention to detail. The glossy "V12" finish is the best i've seen and the grain of the mohogany shows beautifully through the gloss (provided not oil stained/solid color finish). The mohogany body is constructed from one slab of wood, enhancing tonality and sustain and the neck is set in very well. This is one of the most comfortable necks ive touched. It is a fatter "vintage-style" neck which fills in your palms adequately while maintaining playablity. I haven't had any issues with bridge and tuning stability but i dont use the bridge too often so I cant attest to its impact on tuning. The somewhat mysterious starla pickups have a resonant twangy sound that can also pack a punch when driven. The mid to high registers of the guitar are nice and crisp but lower end output is a bit compromised. If you're looking for a guitar that growls at the low end like a v12 sports car or that has a rich mellow tone when played clean, you might be better off with a les paul. But this guitar can still deliver clean mellow tones albeit not as rich at the low ends as the les paul/sg
Overall an excellent deal considering the guitar's features and quality of craftsmenship. However a standard sg is about 500 bucks less if you dont feel you need a bigsby or coil splitting. But its hard to argue with the starla's aesthetic appeal and sturdy built. I feel very confidently about this product and was willing to pay a few more bucks for it knowing that it would feel like a dream in my hand and would arrive at my doorstep untouched and sturdy. (couldnt find this model at any g.c.'s in my area)
So I received my long awaited Starla the other day and all I can say is wow, I don't want to put it down ever. The feel of the guitar is way better than any of the other electric guitars I've owned. (Gibson SG 10 years, Fender Stratocaster 12 years) I always heard about PRS's reputation for quality guitars but I did not feel like they made a guitar that spoke to me, the other PRS guitars looked and sounded a little too stuck up for my taste. The Starla is not stuck up in any way, I first saw it in a guitar store in town and played it for about an hour I also played a Mira, a custom 22, and a semi hollow. The wider neck on the Starla feels like butter compared to the other PRS necks in my opinion and even better than the wide neck of my Gibson SG, something about the shape of it is just superior. The action on the guitar was prestine right out of the case. The PRS custom fitted case is nice too, with leather trimmings around the edges and soft velour on the inside of the case, it is a solid case and so is the guitar. As far as the sound goes, you can get such a wide variety of sounds out of these pickups, these pickups have pretty high output and can really scream if you want them to, but they also can whisper if you lower the tone and volume a bit in clean. The coil splitter nob works unlike any other coil splitter i've used, the quality of coil splitting on other guitars i have played do not sound as genuine as this. I noticed in other reviews people complained about the guitar going out of tune, and I agree a bit but after breaking in the new strings, you really have to be rough with the Bigsby in order for it to go out of tune at all. If it does go out of tune you have to push the bigsby to the limit for 5-10 minutes and even then its barely out of tune. Im also wondering if it is the fact that the classic tuning keys are not as solid as the standard PRS locking ones that come on most other models. I may replace these classics and sacrifice a bit of vintage appeal for the more solid locking PRS tuners. I've seen other reviews from PRS fans that hate the unorthodox look of this guitar, and I don't understand why, to each their own I guess. All of my friends/family I have shown off the guitar to seem to love the way it looks. Everything on the guitar except maybe the vintage tuning keys screams high quality as all PRS guitars are known for doing. The finish is amazing, super glossy beautiful and smooth, I got the mahogony finish and it looks awesome. the fret board is beautiful with the new hollow bird inlays well worth the extra 200$ The bigsby is as all bigsbys have always been freaking sweet, and i'm ashamed I havent been using one all these years. I highly suggest this guitar, if you are a serious guitarist looking to improve your sound and playing.