John Mayer’s PRS Silver Skyaccess_time First seen circa 2018
John started using this guitar in early 2018. It has been developed as a close collaboration between Mayer and Paul Reed Smith, the main goal being designing an instrument that would be a future of the classic design, taking inspiration mainly from early 60s Strat models which John is known to favor.
It’s been a dream of mine for years to design a guitar that includes some of my favorite vintage specifications but with a modern spirit and aesthetic. After two years of study and refinement, the Silver Sky is my vision of what a reboot of the electric guitar should look and feel like. [John Mayer, Silver Sky Signature Model]
The PRS Silver Sky features a 22 fret maple neck (22.5″ scale) with rosewood fretboard radiused at 7.25″ – identical to vintage Strat models, as opposed to 9.5″ or even 12″, which are way flatter and usually more common on modern guitars. Body is made of alder wood, and houses three single coil pickups, again – custom-design as a collaboration between Mayer and Smith dubbed the 635JMs. The pickups are only available in this model, and it is highly unlikely that they would become available for purchase separately.
If you’re interested in more details about this guitar from the man himself, and you have 40 minutes to spare, be sure to watch the video below. It originates from John’s live stream from his personal Instagram profile, and John goes into details regarding the guitar’s sound, design choices, influences, and demos the guitar through a Fender Deluxe amp, and his own signature amp from PRS, a J-MOD 100.