The PRS 513 is another stunning example of the artistry and craftsmanship that are hallmarks of Paul Reed Smith guitars. With the classic combination of a mahogany body and gorgeous, carved figured maple top, the 513 adds an innovative twist with the 513 Patented Pickup System, so named for the 5 pickups and 13 sounds available from the unique dual-blade switch configuration. The five single-coil pickups are arranged in a humbucker-single coil-humbucker format, wired with a conventional 5-way pickup selector blade switch, as well as a 3-way blade switch that allows you to select between heavy humbucking, clear humbucking and single-coil tones, for an incredible array of sonic diversity. The heavy humbucking mode delivers plenty of crunch and growl with a meaty midrange; while the clear humbucking mode offers the full, rich creamy sustain that dual-coils are known for; and the singing, ringing, bell-like single-coil tones are to die for. With the customary PRS set mahogany or rosewood Pattern Regular neck; 22-fret, 25 1/4” scale length; and PRS Tremolo, the 513 feels as good as it sounds, and with the V12 finish highlighting the eye-popping quilted or flame-figured maple top, it simply looks stunning, no matter which color you choose. Models with the PRS 10-Top figured maple top kick it up a notch, as the 10-Top designation is reserved for only the choicest of maple tonewoods used for the cap of the guitar, because only a tiny fraction of the maple available is actually figured with the flame or quilted patterns that make the 513 so distinctive. A Top-10 piece of maple will have a clearly defined pattern across the entire top, with no imperfections or “dead” spots. The V12 finish, which took 12 years to develop, is designed to fall somewhere between nitro and acrylic finishes, delivering an extremely thin yet incredibly durable coating that allows the guitar to properly resonate, and it will not interact negatively with rubber-coated guitar stands or leather straps. It feels like a vintage finish, but is much more resistant to cracking and chipping, and with an incredible array of stunning color choices to choose from, like Smoked Cherry Burst, Scarlet Smokeburst, McCarty Sunburst, Purple Hazel, Evergreen, Blue Crab Blue, Faded Blue Burst, and the ever-popular Santana Yellow, you’ll want to keep it looking pretty for a long, long time! When Paul Reed Smith began building and playing his own guitars in college, he had the desire to produce the finest instruments he was capable of making. What began as a one-man, hand-crafted operation has grown today into major player in the high-end guitar market, counting a diverse range of famous players like jazz master Al DiMeola, rocker Howard Leese of Heart, and, most famously, Carlos Santana as devotees of the PRS standard of excellence. These players have all long been fans of these exquisite and versatile guitars. As Santana put it, “...having the right guitar in your hands gives you clarity of certainty and confidence,” and makes playing fun - and for Carlos, the right guitar is a PRS. Order your PRS 513 today and feel the excellence.