"These basses give me everything I need for recording and playing live...all the tone, clarity, power, and feel...everything. They are works of art and great tools for working bassists," Gary Grainger
"It goes easily from very nice to very nasty." Wyzard, Mother’s Finest
"This instrument allows...any bass tone I need to get the job done." Gene Quade, Sam Grow Band
The Grainger 5 evolved directly from the PRS Private Stock Gary Grainger Bass model line. As primary designer for PRS Private Stock basses, Gary has collaborated widely with other bass artists to create this Core PRS bass version while retaining the character, quality and the essentials from his original Private Stock models.
PRS DESIGN/BUILD PHILOSOPHY
The final instrument will reflect all of the thought, work, and passion that are put into every step of the building process. If all the details are truly cared for, a guitar can be much more than the sum of its parts.
PRS Core instruments are the heart of the PRS guitar line. Since 1985, they are the direct result of the drive for quality and innovation, blending these together with the industry’s rich heritage, to deliver products of uncompromised tone, playability, and beauty. Every piece and every process is important to the finished instrument, so PRS takes great care every step of the way to ensure you are getting the best.
The final instrument reflects all of the thought, work, and passion that are put into every step of the building process. If all the details are truly cared for, a guitar can be much more than the sum of its parts.
The neck shape is so important to the connection a player feels the moment he or she picks up a bass. PRS neck shapes are designed for comfort, playability, and stability, so that feeling can last for a lifetime. The foundation of every PRS instrument is always and forever about choosing wood correctly, so perpetual care is taken in sourcing, cutting, drying, and grading for each species of timber used.
Stain and finish should do more than help a guitar look good; they should feel good and maximize tone as well. So while PRS is synonymous with beautiful, richly detailed stains, paints, and finishes, the goal is always to use a thin, clear, and hard finish that is durable and does not deaden the instrument’s natural tone and resonance.
BRIDGE AND TUNERS
The bridge is the anchor of the guitar. All PRS bridges are designed to maximize the transfer of the strings' vibration into the guitar body while providing excellent intonation and functionality. PRS Phase III tuners are designed to maximize the transfer of the strings’ vibration into the guitar while providing excellent tuning precision and stability via the easy to use locking system.
As one of the three main contact points of the strings, the nut is essential to the guitar’s tone. PRS uses a proprietary nut material, designed to maximize the guitar’s tonal resonance. PRS nut placement is compensated to provide accurate intonation across the fretboard. All PRS nuts are hand filed for precise fit and superior playability.
PRS uses nickel silver fret material for durability and tone. In general, PRS fret wire height has been specified to provide a good platform for both chord/rhythm playing and string bends/lead techniques. PRS fret wire width and hardness is specified to minimize wear, maximize fret life, and support the tone of the instrument. All PRS frets are glued in place to avoid raised or popped frets and are leveled, radiused, and crowned giving the guitar amazing comfort and playability.
A pickup captures the mechanical vibration of a string and converts it into an electrical current. Because every component (wire, magnet, bobbin, slugs, etc) affects the sound and interacts differently with instruments and amps, PRS designs and build many distinct pickup models. Both Private Stock and Core pickups are nearly all designed and built in the Stevensville, Maryland factory.