About a decade after introducing their Private Stock model, Paul Reed Smith Guitars and bassist Gary Grainger have teamed up again to introduce the Grainger 4 and Grainger 5 basses to the company’s Core production line. The new models are modified slightly from their predecessors to add more universal appeal to players.
Made in PRS’s Maryland factory, the basses are built with a mahogany body topped with carved, figured maple, a maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard with the company’s signature bird inlays for position markers. Alternate wood options include a 10-top flame or 10-top quilted maple top as well as a maple fingerboard. They are available in a host of different finishes. (Autumn Sky and Makena Blue Shown).
The Grainger basses sport PRS’s GG pickups matched with PRS/Grainger Active Electronics. The volume controls for each pickup double as passive/active switches; keeping both pickups pushed down puts the bass in active mode, and pulling one or both up puts that pickup into passive mode. If only one of the knobs is pulled up, only that pickup will be heard in passive mode while pulling both up lets you hear both pickups in passive mode. The last three knobs are Bass, Mid, and Treble EQ controls.
The PRS Grainger 4 and Grainger 5 will be available with street prices around $2,821 and $2,929, respectively. For more info, check out the PRS Guitars website.
PRS Grainger 4 and 5 Bass Specs:
- Top Wood: Carved Figured Maple
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Number of Frets: 24
- Scale Length: 34˝
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
- Neck Shape: GG 4, GG 5
- Fretboard Inlays: Birds
- Bridge: PRS 4 String Bass Bridge
- Tuners: Bass Tuners
- Truss Rod Cover: “Grainger”
- Hardware Type: Nickel
- Treble Pickup: GG Treble
- Bass Pickup: GG Bass Pickups
- Pickup Switching: PRS/Grainger Active Electronics
- Top Option: 10-Top Flame or 10-Top Quilted Maple
- Fretboard Option: Maple