So many guitars, not enough time
- May 7, 2022
Thank you! Feels like Sophie's Choice, but with many choices. And they are ALL enticing!The PRS Studio and Special are almost the same guitar in many ways - Both have the same body, neck and 3 pup design with a 5-way. The difference appears to be one is a Semi-hollow with HB Neck and the other Solid with NF in the neck. But its a bit more than just those differences - like I said, the way its wired to give both HB's in the middle position, the mini-toggles (easier than a push/pull pot) and the variety of tonal options that enables.
As the Studio and Special share the same Bridge and Middle Pup, same woods, same carves, same scale and same bridge, then there is a similarity, a crossover of tones. Bridge (ful or split) with/without the middle NF is basically the same on both, but then other '8' options of the Special or '3' of the Studio are quite different. The Special is more 'like' a Custom 22-08 with an 'extra' NF pup to give a few extra tonal variations - the Studio is more a 'traditional' 3 pick-up guitar with a HB bridge in that respect so despite looking very similar, there is quite a difference.
Most Specials also seem to be around the 7lb weight mark too which generally makes them lighter than Studio's too. You could say the Special is a Blend of the 594 HB and Studio in one instrument - not quite the same as 'each' individually - the Hollowness of the 594 is subtly different to a thinner body semi-hollow Special - different neck and bridge too, different scale etc but same pups and similar '8' tonal options and the NF in the middle covers 'similar' ground, albeit different due to a Different 'neck' Pup that can be Split to give a SC + NF (which is different to the the two NF's together of a Studio.