2003 PRS Dragon Singlecut #66, Whale Blue
Serial: 3 73506
For your consideration, Garrett Park Guitars presents this 2003 PRS Dragon Singlecut #66 in Whale Blue.
At the time it was released, the incredible inlay work on the 2002 Dragon from Paul Reed Smith set a precedence for what a really incredible top end guitar is, as opposed to just a high end guitar. PRS, along with Pearl Works (that actually makes the inlay work) really set the guitar world on its ear.
As you can imagine, there is a massive array of different natural products that go in to making inlays of this level. On the Dragon 2002 that was definitely the case, topping well over 272 pieces.
Materials used include Abalone shells of one type or another, other shell, coral, turquoise, gold, Mammoth Ivory and much more. Just getting this stuff together in the first place was an adventure in itself. An adventure which ultimately will increase the value of the guitar for years to come!
The Neck is made from Brazilian Rosewood. The tone of Brazilian Rosewood is incredible but the price of Solid Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard/Fret boards and necks can be astronomical compared to other wood too.
The Dragon 2002 comes with PRS #7 Pickups which are rare to see in any PRS. The PRS #7 pickups are high output, but not that high compared to many of the pickups that PRS has made over the years. Often #7's are compared to the PRS 57/08 pickups.
Examine those Mammoth Tusk teeth and you will see that they appear to be finely engraved to give them a sort of 3D look.
Notice that the body on the Dragon 2002 is curved. Now imagine you have these hundreds of bits to stick on top the top of the guitar... difficult? Yes indeed it's difficult. So here's what PRS and Pearl Works came up with... Rout off the surface of the guitar to accept the design, glue the dragons head to the guitar and then put the body in a special made plastic vacuum bag. Now remove ALL of the air to create the vacuum, so that effectively external air pressure holds the dragon inlay parts in place while they set. OK now we have the Dragon's head on the guitar. It's now a matter of sanding the finish, doing some work on things like the teeth and other parts, and then finishing of the guitar with a lacquer/polyurethane finish and polish to a glass like finish. Sounds easy right?
Dragon Inlay on body
Limited to just 100 guitars - #66/100
Solid Brazilian Rosewood Neck
Singlecut Design and Vibe
The Dragon 2002 is Paul Reed Smith's most aggressive inlay to date with a dragons head covering more than 85% of the body and part of the Brazilian rosewood neck. The Dragon 2002 is a Singlecut model with 272 pieces inlay consisting of 12 different types of shell, 5 different stones and fossilized mastodon ivory. The Dragon 2002 has a imited run of just 100 pieces total. We have number 66 of 100 in stock and ready to become the collector's find of the year!
Comes with Original PRS Black Leather Hardshell Case, Certificate, Eagle Tag, and Paperwork!
This guitar is from the collection of Randy Perry, owner of Excel Machines. Excel manufactured all of PRS Tremolos and many other metal parts. Each year they received special guitars as a bonus and this lovely Dragon is one of those.
It is in mint unplayed condition, and has all its paperwork, and original case.