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2002 Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 10 Top - Tobacco Burst

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This PRS Custom 22 10 Top is in mint condition, lovingly adored but hardly played with no dents or scratches.  A 10 Top classification refers to the maple top, it must have a clearly defined figure across the entire body and it’s one of the highest standards set by PRS for grading their wood.  These guitars are identified by the number “10” written on the back headstock.   

In this 2002 model that’s being offered you can see the beautiful flame maple enhanced by the tobacco burst finish. The bronze control knobs are smartly subtle, allowing the figured top to be the main attraction. As you would expect from a 10 Top this one has all the aesthetic appeal, plus the typical and non-standard voicings unique to a PRS.  

An exquisite case queen looking for a good home, don’t let this one slip you by.
Serial number 2 65167, original PRS hard case included.

PRS Custom 22 10 Top specs:

Mahogany back and sides
Flame maple top
Mahogany neck
Rosewood fretboard
Abalone bird inlays
PRS Dragon II Humbuckers
Nickel stop tailpiece
Master volume and control
5-way rotary pickup control

Abbreviated PRS history:

Paul Reed Smith dropped out of college to pursue his repair and custom guitar business by setting up shop in his parent’s home. The first big name commissioned guitar went to Ted Nugent in 1975, followed by Peter Frampton, and then Al Di Meola in 1976. The earliest body styles were based on a Les Paul Junior and remain very similar to the Custom PRS body we all know today.

It was Frampton’s guitar when the signature bird inlays first appeared. In a PRS “From The Archives” podcast Smith describes how they came about, “My mother was a birdwatcher, and I never thought about it. I had this guitar to make and I needed inlays for it. It was never even a thought, I just went down and did it. From thought to inlay was so fast.”

By 1985 Smith felt like he had maximized the custom guitar segment, incorporated as Paul Reed Smith Guitars, and raised capital to build a full production shop in Annapolis, MD. The first guitars to roll off the line were the PRS Custom models retailing at a whopping $1,500. This was also the first time the elongated bass horn appeared.

 

Continental USA Shipping Only. No International Sales.

Buyer pays shipping and it is added to the winning bid amount. Shipping is $145 plus taxes through shipguitars.com and includes insurance for the sales price of the guitar.