Sunday, July 27, 2008

Review of the Paul Reed Smith MIRA


Paul Reed Smith recently turned to a new page, creating a model called the Mira. This guitar is a departure from the more modern look of the CUSTOMs and CEs that PRS is known for... It does not feature the usual maple top or binding, but it has features that most PRSes do not, namely a pickguard and coil tap switch.

I've had the opportunity to play the Mira for 3 shows now, and these are my thoughts...

When I first picked this guitar up, I was struck by how light it is. The body is slightly thinner than I'm used to, but it is VERY comfortable. The beveled edges of the body remind me somewhat of a strat, but the body style SCREAMS les paul junior. Ironically enough, I find that the sound of the guitar falls somewhere between those two guitars. The pickups are uncovered, and have plenty of bite. There is a roundness to the tone that harkens back to a strat, and when the coil tap is engaged you can actually get some pretty stratty tones. When you engage the humbuckers, it's full-bodied rock and roll. More classic rock than modern (which is exactly what I love about it).

I find that most PRS guitars have an almost vocal-like quality to them. Mid-range riffs sing out as clear as day, and solos are clear and full. No ice-pick tone here. The Mira is no exception. The riff at the beginning of our song, "The Show", is a perfect example. This guitar carves out that riff with beautiful fullness and clarity. The riff at the beginning of "California" is another example of the range in which PRS guitars show their worth. They have virtually unmatched clarity in this range...

The tuners are PRS's newer locking tuners, which are wonderful. There are no tricks here. No confusing nuts or bolts like the old-school PRS locking tuners... just a screw that tightens down to make contact with the string. In addition to locking the string, this also helps with sustain... which this axe has no shortage of.

The Mira is the most affordable of all the US-made PRS models. I've gotta say, this is a LOT of guitar for $1500. PRS makes nearly all their parts in house... so the attention to detail is incredible. The Mira features all the attention to detail of the more expensive models. All you have to do is strap one on, and strike a G chord. The Mira sings.

This is the kind of guitar that makes it fun to play guitar again. Everything just works.... I can stop thinking about the tuners, the height of the pickups, or the action... and just play. How much is that feeling worth?

4 comments:

Giggles said...

now i'm gonna have to get one. i saw it the other day, but i didn't test her out. and you're right about the PRSes having a vocal-quality.

Jesi said...

i saw you taking that picture the other day and thought it was either to send PRS, or for your blog. i laughed when i saw it on here cause i was right. ;) if i understood anything about guitars i'd probably be more excited about the rest of this blog.


i haven't slept much the past few days...forgive my stupidity. it was great seeing you though. :-D thanks for shooting me ;)

jon schneck said...

i have heard of this guitar...

you speak the truth.

js

Ida said...

Awesome guitar!! I soo want one!