I became familiar with PRS guitars in about 1988 when I first had a chance to play one at Music Sound World in Tulsa. There was no way I could afford to buy one back then. When I was finally able, I found a 2009 that I fell in love with and it turned out to be a 513. I didn't even know what made the 513 unique, but I knew that it not only played amazingly well, like every PRS I had tried, but I couldn't believe the sounds that I could get out of it. If you aren't familiar with the 513, the 5 stands for 5 pickups, and the 13 stands for 13 combinations of those pickups. PRS says "The 513 is composed of a series of 5 single coil pickups, the outer two sets grouped into humbucking pairs. This pickup design is unique to the 513 model, which was solely designed to give players more sounds in one guitar. The 513 has volume, tone, and a 5-way blade switch with the addition of a 3-way mode switch (heavy humbucking, clear humbucking, and single coils). In heavy humbucking mode, all 5 coils are at full output. In clear humbucking mode, all 5 coils are still engaged but at a lower output (approximately 65% of the full output). In single coil mode, 3 coils are engaged: the inside coil of the bridge, the middle, and the outside coil of the neck."
This one is set up to play with low, fast action. All strings ring out clearly at all frets. The single coil mode gives you true single coil snap and chime. The clear humbucking mode gives classic rock sounds. The heavy humbucking mode can take you all the way into extreme metal territory.
The finish is essentially flawless. I only hesitate to call it mint because of the risk that a buyer will find a minute defect that I may have missed. I don't see any defects. The frets are in essentially new condition. The neck shape is pattern regular.
The guitar comes with the original hard shell case and all of the original case candy.
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