Price paid: $ 6000
Purchased from: Merchant City Music, Glasgow
Sound — 10
The sound is excellent. I play a lot of Santana music, the 513 has a rich and full sound which suits this style beautifully. I have an Marshall AVT150H amp and AVT412A half stack. The 5-way pickup selector allied with the 3-way mode selector, give the 513 the versatility of producing a number of subtly different sounds.
Overall Impression — 10
I have only been playing for a couple of years now and also own a US Fender Strat, Gibson SG Supreme and Ibanez AT300. However, my 513 is my pride and joy, a beautifully crafted quality item that sounds as good as it looks. If lost or stolen, I would be heartbroken and would definitely order another. Expensive yes, but quality items usually are. I would recommend the 513 to anyone. This is a great guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The 513 is noticeably heavier than my other guitars, but it is of very solid construction. The strap buttons are good and solid with a wide button head for extra safety. The guitar has had no failures of any kind and I play it regularly. The locking tuners ensure that it doesn't go out of tune easily.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Out of its case, the guitar was well set-up requiring no adjustment. The guitar came with no flaws. The standard of the finishing shows very high craftsmanship, from the beautiful crafting of fine woods to the stunning gloss finish.
Features — 10
Purchased new in 2005 and imported from the USA, my 513 has a red body with maple edge and gold hardware. The body, which is a double cut away, has a carved highly-figured maple 10 top and mahogany back. The Brazilian rosewood 22-fret neck is fitted with mother of pearl bird inlays. The headstock matches the neck with inlaid mother of pearl PRS signature and 513 plate. The Electronics consist of 5 proprietary single coil pickups, volume and tone control with 5-way blade pickup selector (treble, treble/middle, middle, middle/base, bass) 3-way blade mode selector (heavy humbucking, clear humbucking, single coil). The guitar is fitted with a PRS tremolo and locking tuners (Grommet style). A good quality rectangular hard case was included.