Paul Reed Smith NF3 Vintage Burst 2010
PRS NF3, vintage burst, made in Maryland USA 2010. Everyone knows the Custom 24, but this little charmer is somewhat of a quiet achiever and cult hit amongst PRS enthusiasts. This model won 'best electric guitar' at Musicmesse when it launched; it's a really well thought out piece of design. The NF3 is a step in the Strat direction from the traditional Reed thing, so you get a slightly longer scale, some extra body curves and a set of three delicious 'Narrowfield' pickups. The pickups are awesome: they're technically a humbucker, but between the different switch positions and playing with the volume and tone knobs, they cover a whole lot of ground. You can get pretty close to a regular trad single coil with the volume wound off, or cranked up the tone is somewhere in the P90 or Firebird mini HB style tone; heaps of fun to be had. As you'd expect, the build quality is absolutely perfect... the feel is a great balance of lively touch sensitivity and rock solid reliability. The korina body is a cool little eccentricity too; the grain looks superb, plus it adds a certain punch and richness through the midrange and low end you don't get with ash or alder. All in all: it's a bit different, but it's very, very likeable indeed. Just like you, right?
Model: Paul Reed Smith NF3
Made: 2010, Maryland USA (serial 168837)
Finish: vintage sunburst
Neck: flame maple, rosewood board, 'pattern regular' profile, 10" radius, 25.25" scale
Pickups: PRS Narrowfield mini humbucker x3
Case: original deluxe PRS hard case, good condition and excellent quality
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end, plus the serial number is a little smudged. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, no major marks. The back has some widespread light scuffs and surface scratches as well as a few tiny chips along the back edge. The sides have a few marks to note: minor scuffs on the top horn, a chip and some scuffs on the shoulder/arm-carve, some dimples near the jack. The front is pretty clean, just some light play wear on the guard and horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, intonation is good, action is very low, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have minor wear only, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 strings.