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PRS Private Stock #253 Hollowbody One-Piece Top In Turquoise, Pre-Owned

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  • Amazing Early Private Stock Guitar From 2001
  • Handmade by Joe Knaggs & Paul Reed Smith 
  • South American Mahogany Body 
  • One Piece East Coast Curly Maple Top 
  • Rare Turquoise Finish (Pre-Blue Matteo) 
  • Includes Deluxe Private Stock Case, Certificate & Letter From The Original Owner 
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We are delighted to be able to offer this very rare and unique PRS Private Stock Guitar, it was commissioned by the first owner in 2001 and built by Joe Knaggs, Paul Reed Smith and the Private Stock team. It has an incredible one-piece curly maple top finished in a 'Custom Turquoise' finish. Included in the sale is a detailed letter from the original owner discussing how the guitar came to be, and also the unusual story regarding the finish. This is believed to be the prototype one of PRS most popular colours ' Blue Matteo. 

Any PRS fan can see the similarity between the two finishes, this Private Stock pre-dates the finish by some time and was a special request by the customer and was mixed by Matt (of Blue Matt-eo) fame. There is no official confirmation from PRS but the letter makes a compelling case and the dates fit. 

The Certificate Reads

Date : June 26 2001 

This custom Turquoise Hollowbody model Private Stock guitar was custom designed and handmade by Joseph Knaggs, Dave Hazel, Chris Bavaria and me (Paul Reed Smith) The Woods, including a rare one piece East Coast curly maple top, were carefully picked from my private stock for sound and remarkable figure. This guitar features the PRS Piezo system, which when used alone or in conjunction with the PRS Soapabar pickups offers a wide variety of tonal options. Other features, such as mammoth ivory bird inlay and silver outline, add to this guitars special appeal. 


  • Neck : South American Mahogany 
  • Fingerboard : Brazilian Rosewood
  • Top : One Piece East Coast Curly Maple
  • Back : Light Weight South American Mahogany 
  • Headstock Veneer : Brazilian Rosewood
  • Color / Stain : Custom Turquoise / Natural Back 
  • Inlay : Single Mammoth Ivory Bird With Silver Outline (12th Fret & Headstock Only)
  • Pickups : PRS Soapbar
  • Electronics : PRS Piezo System 
  • Bridge : PRS Piezo Bridge


We Welcome Part Exchange

We welcome part exchanges on items over £500. We realise that sometimes you need to “move something on” to get your new guitar. We give fair prices and once agreed we stick to them. The only thing we ask is that you accurately describe your guitar. We have plenty of happy customers from our part exchange scheme.

How it works – If you are local, you can simply call in. If you are not local we will assess your guitar and give you a valuation via phone/e-mail (we may ask for pictures). Once the price is agreed, we always stick to it, and your new guitar will be removed from the market so the deal can be concluded.

You can either send us your guitar, or we can use our courier to pick up for a small charge (UK only). Once the guitar is with us and any balance is paid we can dispatch your new guitar.

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