A limited edition replica of Paul Reed Smith’s 1976 “Frampton Guitar”created through a collaboration of Moore Guitars and PRS.
Since building his first guitar in 1972, Paul Reed Smith has always had his sights set on perfection. I think I can safely say that in the world of production guitars, PRS sets itself apart in approaching perfection in aesthetics, playability and sound. However, in pursuit of that perfection, incredible guitars created along the way can sometimes be forgotten. A great example of this is Paul’s 1976 “Frampton Guitar”, the second guitar ever built at his West Street workshop.
This guitar was Paul’s first commissioned build, and the guitarist ordering it was none other than Peter Frampton. Paul stated that this was the first of his builds that he felt played and sounded better than the 1953 Les Paul he used as comparison to his early attempts. Before delivering the guitar to Frampton, Paul managed to get backstage at a Return to Forever concert to show it to Al DiMeola, who immediately ordered a guitar of his own.
iconic. You can hear the wood in each note. Think of classic mahogany instruments of the past, like Leslie West’s LP Junior, Hendrix’ Flying V, Zappa’s SG. That’s the territory we’re in here.