Our Prestige Troubadour RS is finally ready to ship and as you read this, our very first production batch of The “RS” is headed out the door! We thought this would be a great time to give you it a look behind the scenes on how the Troubadour RS came to be.
Our Prestige Troubadour launched in 2016 and was designed with one thing in mind, rock n roll. We wanted to create a guitar that was clean and sleek, but still edgy and oozed rock n roll decadence. Something that would appeal to players that didn’t want anything too flashy, but that was striking enough to command an arena’s worth of attention on stage. We are big fans of old school hot rods and rat rods and decided to infuse The Troubadour with those aesthetics, including a Satin Black finish, Triple Cream binding and all nickel hardware including control knobs. The Troubadour was a hit right away and very quickly became one of our best selling guitars.
Fast forward to 2017, and a discussion between our good friend and phenomenal Canadian guitarist Reed Shimozawa, and our VP – Adrian O’Brien about the merits of single pickup, single control guitars. Guitars that were completely stripped down, simplistic and pure rock n roll. They discussed the various theories about single pickup guitars and whether or not the neck pickup on a two pickup guitar negatively affects the tone of said guitar, when playing the bridge pickup. *Some people theorize that the pull of the magnets on the neck or bridge pickup of a two pickup guitar, when the other pickup is solely engaged, negatively affects the performance of the strings and pickup that is being used.
After some serious discussion, Reed proposed a Custom version of The Troubadour (his favourite Prestige single cut solid body), that would feature a few appointments that he loved for his own playing style. Those included: Satin stained mahogany back/sides/neck, with our satin black top and head plate. We also went with a shoulder mounted kill switch in place of the standard toggle. The single bridge pickup is direct mounted and there are 2 options available: A Seymour Duncan Pegasus, or a Seymour Duncan ’78 Custom which is best known for the famous “brown sound”. Controls are single volume, single tone and tuners are Grover Sta-Tite open geared tuning machines. The guitar was built as a short run of 6, all of which would be destined for Guitar Works in Calgary Alberta, and offered as a special Limited Edition Custom Shop Prestige. The guitar sold out in just a few days and the decision to move forward with releasing the Troubadour RS as a production model was made. The “RS” in Troubadour RS, stands for Reed Shimozawa and is a nod for his contribution to this fantastically badass design.
Here are the full specs for The Prestige Troubadour RS:
- 24 ¾” Scale Length
- 1 11/16” TUSQ XL Nut
- C-Shaped neck and 14” Fingerboard radius
- Solid Mahogany body
- Solid, ¾” Carved Maple Top
- Khaya mahogany neck
- Satin/Matte Black Top
- Satin/Matte Stained Mahogany Sides/Back/Neck
- Bound ebony fingerboard
- Mother of Pearl offset dot fret markers
- Mother of Pearl “Prestige” headstock logo
- Custom cream 3 stripe body binding
- Seymour Duncan Humbucker Bridge Pickup, with option of Pegasus or Seymour Duncan Custom Shop ’78 Custom. Direct mounted
- 1 Vol. / 1 Tone / On-Off Toggle Control
- Custom nickel knurled volume/tone knobs and toggle
- TonePros intonatable wraparound bridge
- Grover 18:1 Sta-Tite Open Geared Tuners
- 500k Alpha Pots
- All Nickel hardware