I am neither an ardent John Mayer fan nor a single coil devotee; these are simply not my thing. Signature products tend to have a partisan leaning towards the endorser pre-requisites which have very little appeal to many of us in terms of utilitarian needs. The single coil’s lack of bottom end lends itself to being a specialist in a particular genre appeal on most occasions. The SS changed all that. It is a big thing for people like me who tend to stick to whatever that works for our personal intent & avoid venturing out of our comfort zone. Then the SS came along & gave a wakeup call of sort for us to put things into perspective. Let’s be firm here – the SS is not a Strat despite harbouring details of one. It is a very clever interpretation of the single coil tone which others have done excessively but failed to appeal in a wholesome way. While playing the SS in person, it’s very difficult to stop when every single pickup selection hold its own when it comes to tone; you just want to keep going & hear the different tones in action without being jaded to the ears. Folks, the SS is priced wisely if that is your concern – value for money. At $2,999 you could be buying the Fender American Pro with spare change & comparable performance all round but you cannot get that 635JM tone appeal. This price point is also below what a Suhr or Tom Andersen would be asking for when a boutique Strat-style experience is the call of the day. The SS sits nicely in between with lots to offer in terms of playability &, once again, tone. I wish the upper frets issue was absent during audition time & it’s the only factor that prevents it from getting an OTT rating here; I am simply putting things in perspective; it’s all well understood, yes?
Final rating: 89%
PRS Silver Sky ($2,999 @ Swee Lee Co / Davis GMC, bag included)
- Well-balanced construction
- Upper fret access
- control knobs & selector switch (promotes grip)
- headstock design could have been more appealing
- choking upper frets