The PRS Silver Sky Signature Guitar is the result of a collaboration between the Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer and Paul Reed Smith. As you might expect - the result is simply stunning.
The Signature John Mayer PRS Silver Sky Guitar is obviously a vintage-inspired instrument that is at first glance very familiar, yet unmistakeably a PRS guitar through and through. The Silver Sky Guitar takes huge influence from Mayer and Smith’s favourite elements of classic 60's Guitars, particularly around 1963 and 1964. It's remarkably familiar to the most iconic guitar shape in the world with a unique twist from PRS.
The end result is a classic single-coil design, but with some interesting differences and signature specifications. It’s a performers guitar first and foremost, so the attention to detail and playability is what sets it apart from anything you’ve seen before. The PRS has been so popular that it's currently available in a wide array of finishes and colourways. The new finishes launched in 2020 include Polar Blue, Moc Sand, Midnight Rose and Dodgem Blue.
The body shape design of the Signature John Mayer PRS Silver Sky Guitar had its roots in the PRS DC3 model guitar but was tweaked to a point where both Mayer and Smith were happy with the new shape. The pickguard has also been tweaked until it was “just right” and the alder tonewood was obviously an important addition thanks to its resonant qualities. A 22 fret-bolt on maple neck has a real vintage feel to it and comes as a direct influence of Paul Reed Smith and Mayer.
As with other PRS guitars, the pickups and electronics on the Silver Sky have been designed with meticulous attention to detail. The pickups, like the neck, were designed based on the best parts of the 1963 and 1964 pickups from John and Paul’s favourite guitars and are named 635 (“six thirty-five”) taking their name from thinking of that as 1963 1/2. These 635JM pickups have been designed to sound like vintage-style pickups but have been given the PRS treatment so they maintain a musical high end, higher signal to noise ratio with more consistency between pickups.
The John Mayer PRS Silver Sky guitar features a steel tremolo bridge which has been completely retooled. At Mayer’s request, the Tremolo bridges are set up differently to regular PRS guitars. Whereas PRS guitars usually allow for the tremolo to go both up and down in pitch, the Silver Sky is set up so that the back edge of the tremolo plate is always resting on the body of the guitar in a neutral position, and that it only goes down in pitch. This actually makes the guitar louder acoustically and improves the signal to noise ratio of the single-coil pickups - your guitar will sing for days!