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PRS Custom Built for Me, Heirloom Bass, Serial Number #11 from 1977!

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Posted 7 years ago

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Hey Guitar Guys

How bout us bass players? Can we show off a bit too?

This is my PRS Heirloom Bass Serial #11 - Paul Reed Smith and his partner John Ingram originally built me #7 (See the photo of me playing it) - but there were neck problems and I inherited this bass, Serial Number #11 1n 1977 - as detailed in the Vintage Guitar article. The bass is perfect; except for normal wear and tear there is not a nick, scratch, ding and not even a hint of buckle rash. It was conceived and built as a twin of #7 - except for the neck shape and body weight - in Paul's tiny original second floor shop in Annapolis, Maryland. As most of you guitar players know - PRS makes guitars that are not only superior in functionality, playability and tone, but they are also incredible works of art.

In the other photo, on the right you have a glimpse of of a new Paul Reed Smith Private Stock Bass - which was recently crafted from Paul's library and the PRS Vault - the "holy grail" wood collection - which contains Paul's most precious exhibition-quality wood discoveries from over the past 15 years. Interesting how everything old is suddenly new again as the latest bass is a modern fretless PRE-FACTORY spec version of PRS #11. With all the trendy, exotic, gourmet woods floating around, Paul happily seems to be heading back to the basics with this bass - featuring a one-piece mahogany neck on a one-piece mahogany body, just like in the old days.

I have no ideal how these photos are going to turn out, feel free to go to:


for more and to view the rest of my collection.



  1. BassHappy, 5 years ago
    This post by me is relatively old - and the link to my collection has been updated.

    The new PRS link is here:


    The new link for my collection is:


    Would edit the original post, but can't figure out how!



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