John Mayer’s 2015 PRS Super Eagle (Prototype #2)

This guitar is the one that John eventually settled up with after trying out the first prototype from Paul Reed Smith. In its essence the guitar is identical to the prototype number three, aside from the sticker on the back that simply reads “2”, and the amount of the brown paint used to get the sunburst effect.

In the interview below you can see John holding what we assume is the Prototype number two since the sticker on the back is clearly visible (note that the sticker might not necessarily mean that this is indeed the #2, this is just our assumption). The existence of the third prototype can be referenced in the post on John’s Instagram profile (link available in the section below), so the #2 has to be out there somewhere. Whether’s it’s this guitar, or some other – we have no idea. If you happen to know more, please be sure to send us a message.

The guitar features curly maple sandwich body with mahogany sides, maple neck with rosewood fretboard with 24 and 25.375″ – which is longer than usual for PRS guitars, but still short in comparison to John’s Strats (25.5″). The model is equipped with two specially-wound 58/15 JM treble and bass (bridge and neck) pickups, and a custom-wound Narrowfield JM pickup in the middle position (with three individual coil-tap mini-switches).

The guitar also has a built-in JCF Audio preamp with treble boost, PRS Gen III Tremolo bridge, and a hand-signed sticker in the f-hole of the guitar that was designed by Mayer’s friend David Smith (who also designed the cover art for Mayer’s 2012 Born and Raised album).

We assume that John used this PRS alongside its identical twin – the Prototype #3, as his main guitar from late 2015 and in early 2016, and from then on he probably picked up a couple of finished versions from Paul Reed Smith to use on the Dead & Company tour. Although it is currently unknown which exact guitar Mayer uses most of the time with D&G, it seems logical to assume that the #2 Prototype would seem the least likely, and the #3 was commented on by John as “getting real close to it” – meaning there’s still some work left to be done.


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1 year ago

John has two nearly identical hollow body Super Eagles. The number 1 has a slightly thicker black stripe just above the middle pick up. It has a number 1 on the back. This is his main Dead and Co Super Eagle. He showed it during that backstage Instagram in 2017 where talked about the Black1s neck. I watch every Dead and Co show and have come to realize the difference between the two.

He then had the solid body version that came about in 2017. It has the f hole sticker.