PRS JA-15

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Introduction

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Paul Reed Smith JA-15 (Paul Jackson,Jr. Model)

Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar

  • 15" body size
  • Single-cut hollowbody
  • Carved spruce top
  • Curly maple back
  • Mahogany sides
  • V12 finish McCarty Tobacco Burst
  • 25" scale length
  • 22-fret bound curly maple 'pattern' neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • PRS 53/10 bridge humbucker
  • PRS 53/10 neck humbucker
  • Mother-of-pearl/paua heart bird inlays
  • Abalone headstock signature inlay
  • Ebony headstock veneer
  • Nickel hardware
  • PRS 2-piece adjustable bridge
  • PRS low-mass locking tuners


Description



Musicians Friend

Description from Musicians Friend

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 innovations, it's no surprise rockers are loving it too. Highlights include a "pattern" neck shape, 53/10 pickups, a 2-piece adjustable bridge, and V12 finish, all newly offered as standard appointments.

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.

The JA-15 incorporates the following new features:

V12 Finish

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 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. Perfected after years of prototyping, the new "Pattern" neck is an updated Wide Fat PRS neck style based on Paul's pre-factory design. These necks were found on the instruments built for Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton, and Howard Leese from the late '70s to the mid '80s.

Whether in woodworking, machining, or cast and die work, pattern making is the art of arriving at a perfect standard which can be duplicated or used to create new designs from by "offsetting." All PRS necks came to be as a result of offsetting from this original, Wide Fat design.

53/10 Pickups

The 53/10 pickup is the latest in the series of humbucking pickups that already includes PRS 57/08 and 59/09s (and the smaller aperture 57/08 Narrowfield). First debuting as part of a limited run in the summer of 2010, the distinct 53/10 is the warmest-sounding of the vintage themed bunch. The 53/10 coil wire is made on the same machine that supplied legendary guitar makers in the fifties. Wire specifications for the 53/10 are slightly different than the others and are made using a special process reserved for a single-coil bridge pickup circa 1953; however, the 53/10 is a humbucking pickup. Smith commented, "There are single-coil guitars from that era that are beautifully big, fat sounding guitars." With that tone as inspiration, 53/10 pickups are similar to the original 57/08 but with a "sweeter" high end.

2-Piece Adjustable Bridge

Previously only prototyped on Private Stock guitars, the new 2-piece adjustable PRS bridge now comes standard on 2 PRS models “ the SC58, and the JA-15. Bridge specifications include triple-weight saddles, triple-weight thumb wheels, large posts, and extra mass. The added weight increases contact points and creates a more resonant, musical instrument. Machining rather than casting give the brass and aluminum bridge a stronger sound, and the quick-change style stoptail doesn™t fall when the strings are removed. œI am calling it the ˜New 2-piece adjustable sound transfer bridge™”We are very happy, said Paul Reed Smith.

FEATURES
  • 15" body size
  • Single-cut hollowbody
  • Carved spruce top and curly maple back with mahogany sides
  • V12 finish
  • 25" scale length
  • 22-fret bound curly maple 'pattern' neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • PRS 53/10 bridge humbucker
  • PRS 53/10 neck humbucker
  • Volume and Tone controls
  • 3-way toggle pickup switch
  • Mother-of-pearl/paua heart bird inlays
  • Abalone headstock signature inlay
  • Ebony headstock veneer
  • Nickel hardware
  • PRS 2-piece adjustable bridge
  • PRS low-mass locking tuners
  • "JA-15" truss rod cover
  • PRS hardshell case

Sweetwater

Product Description from Sweetwater

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Press Release

JA-15

Stevensville, MD (September 24, 2010) -- Paul Reed Smith and Paul Jackson, Jr. have teamed up to design the JA-15, Jackson’s first signature model PRS guitar. Whether it’s playing on American Idol, his latest gig on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show,” recording with legendary musicians like Michael Jackson, Elton John, and Ella Fitzgerald, or composing and recording his own music, Jackson’s multiple decades as a highly accomplished and versatile musician have factored into this model’s development.

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“The JA-15 was designed with one goal in mind; to be the best sounding hollow body guitar, period. I believe that we have reached that goal. This instrument is not only one of the best sounding, but one of the best playing guitars I've ever picked up,” commented Paul Jackson, Jr.

The 15” arch top JA-15, though designed with jazz archtops in mind, easily adapts to players performing many musical styles, so it is not surprising that several rock musicians in PRS’s artist arsenal are loving this model. PRS’s latest appointments are also featured on the JA-15, including two 53/10™ bass pickups to give a smooth, balanced tone, the all new thin, hard and crystal clear “V12” finish, and the two-piece adjustable PRS bridge giving the guitar a resonant and musical sound.

“JA-15 stands for both ‘Jackson archtop/15 inch’ and ‘jazz archtop/15 inch.’ The instrument has very special proprietary carved-in bracing and a new soundpost construction. Paul Jackson, Jr. and I had very lofty ideas when we designed this instrument, and we think we’re there,” said Paul Reed Smith.

Additional JA-15 features include a spruce top, curly maple back, mahogany sides, natural binding, 22 fret curly maple neck, 25” scale length, ebony fretboard, “Pattern” neck shape, mother of pearl and paua heart Modern Eagle II bird inlays and an abalone headstock signature, PRS low mass locking tuners, nickel hardware with a gold option, and volume and tone control with three-way toggle.

Colors: Amber Black, Antique White, Black, Fire Red Burst, McCarty Sunburst, McCarty Tobacco Sunburst, Smokeburst, Smoked Orange, Tri-color Sunburst, Vintage Natural

Source: Premier Guitar


PRS Announces V12 Finish, Pattern Neck Shape, 53/10 Pickups, and Two-Piece Bridge

September 24, 2010 A A Stevensville, MD (September 21, 2010) – In addition to six new guitar models, and several limited run amps, PRS has announced new guitar model appointments at Experience PRS, including an all new “V12” finish, new neck shapes, new pickups, and a high tolerance two-piece adjustable bridge.

When you think of PRS Guitars’ new “V12” finish, think very thin and hard, non-weather cracking, crystal clear, thinner-impervious, and a great feel. “PRS models with this new finish feel and sound like old instruments,” said Paul Reed Smith. The finish spent about 12 years in development, and is halfway between nitrocellulose and acrylic with a classic feel all its own – some say “a pleasure to touch.” PRS’s six brand new electric guitar models, the JA 15, ME Quatro, SC 58, McCarty 58, NF3, and DC 3, all feature this new finish.

Previously only prototyped on Private Stock guitars, the new two-piece adjustable PRS bridge now comes standard on two new PRS models – the SC58, and the JA-15. Bridge specifications include triple weight saddles, triple weight thumb wheels, large posts, and extra mass. The added weight increases contact points and creates a more resonant, musical instrument. Machining rather than casting give the brass and aluminum bridge a stronger sound, and the quick-change style stoptail doesn’t fall when the strings are removed. “I am calling it the ‘New 2-piece adjustable sound transfer bridge’—We are very happy,” said Paul Reed Smith. The JA-15 and the SC 58 both feature this new bridge.

Since the beginning of the company, neck shapes have always been high priority and a hallmark of PRS quality. A guitar should feel comfortable (like “home,” as soon as you pick it up). The neck is a very important part of that connection. Perfected after years of prototyping, the new “Pattern” neck (a name derived from an old wood working term) is an updated wide-fat PRS neck style based on Paul’s pre-factory design. This neck is also based on theories used to make the instruments custom-made in the late ‘70s and mid ‘80s for Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton, and Howard Leese. 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.

The 53/10 pickup is the latest in the series of humbucking pickups that already includes the full-sized 57/08 and 59/09s (and the smaller aperture 57/08 Narrowfield). First debuting as part of a limited run in the summer of 2010, the distinct 53/10 has scorched nickel covers (scorched covers only featured on the original 53/10 limited run model) and sounds similar to the original 57/08 but with a “sweeter” high end. The 53/10 coil wire is made on the same machine that supplied legendary guitar makers in the fifties and is the warmest-sounding of the vintage themed bunch. “The old machine is cranking out wire, and we’ve got three types from it—one for each of these three pickups,” said Smith. Wire specifications for the 53/10 are different than the others and are made using a special process reserved for a single-coil bridge pickup circa 1953; however, the 53/10 is a humbucking pickup. During the 53/10s prototyping phase, Paul Reed Smith wound a pair of 57/08s using the new 53/10 wire for Derek Trucks, and “He fell in love with them,” Smith commented. “There are single-coil guitars from that era that are beautifully big, fat sounding guitars.” The new JA 15 and the ME Quatro models both come standard with 53/10 pickups.

Source: Premier Guitar

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