1987 PRS Paul Reed Smith Signature #72
Say hello to a stunning double-digit Whale Blue Signature Model now offered for sale that recently resurfaced in Europe!
The history behind the guitar is quite colourful. Doug Chandler — the European PRS importer in the late ’80′s — brought it back from Germany for a well-known jazz artist living in the UK.
Apparently, it was one of the first Sigs to make it overseas.
The jazz artist played her sparingly, then gave it to his son, who played it just long enough to ding up the headstock points before going off to college. And so there Signature Model #72 sat, cased and forgotten for over ten years.
Early in 2011, it re-surfaced & was offered for sale in a music store in Essex.
She’s completely original with zero fade — highly unusual for whale blue, but one of the few benefits of being kept in the dark for ten-plus years. All the hallmarks of the early Signatures are there — Brazilian board, sweet switch, and searing Stamped T&B pickups. And just check out the sick tiger-striping of that bodacious top! Offered without any original paperwork or original case, but comes with a recent PRS case which has been signed in 30cm tall letters by Paul Reed Smith himself, who confirmed it was an original Signature series guitar in person !!
Interestingly, there’s no handwritten “Sig #72″ on the back of the headstock. There’s long been a rumor that inking the Sig number wasn’t an automatic thing until the mid-100′s. Hard to say whether that’s strictly true, but there is zero evidence of any re-spray and the finish is nicely sunken into the guitar — one of the best ways to ascertain an older PRS’s authenticity.
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