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SILVER SKY THINKING

Paul Reed Smith gives us his perspective on the guitar that’s set the internet ablaze

We caught up with Paul Smith at the European launch of the Silver Sky to find out more about a project that has been two years in the making and all-consuming for those involved. The result of so much perspiration is a guitar that even Smith himself struggles to stop playing. A big part of the appeal is undoubtedly down to the instrument’s supremely comfortable, vintage-style neck.

“During the whole process the one thing that got me emotionally was I wrapped my hand around the neck and I went, ‘That’s the first time that’s been tooled up in 50 years’”, Paul enthuses. “That shape. That is a 1963 neck. Everybody who wraps their hand around it goes, ‘I like that’. And I did too. When I felt the raw one I went, ‘Oh my god…’”

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What do we think about the most talked-about guitar of the year? Find out in our May 2018 issue, on sale now. Inside, we sit down with Paul Reed Smith to talk out about the two-year design process that gave birth to the Silver Sky and we put John Mayer’s new PRS signature model through its paces in an in-depth 10-page review. The magazine also comes bundled with a FREE Joy Of FX magazine for every reader that includes reviews of Fender’s new-for-2018 stompbox line, new EarthQuaker Devices pedals, an interview with Way Huge pedal guru Jeorge Tripps and more. Back in the main mag, we get up close and personal with Eric Clapton’s £25,000 writing and recording acoustic, check out The Temperance Movement’s live gear, interview Steve Morse and review even more hot new guitars, amps and effects from Eastman, Blackstar, JHS Pedals, Lowden and plenty more besides. We also salute the genius of Freddie Tavares and you can enter our competition to WIN a drop-dead gorgeous Lake Placid Blue Fender American Original ‘60s Telecaster worth £1,659. The May 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale in print and digital formats now. Essential reading for guitar addicts.