Since its launch in 2005, the Modern Eagle has closed the gap between the PRS standard program and the Private Stock series. Selected “Artist Grade” tops and solid rosewood necks are the most obvious advantages of these guitars, of which five versions are now available. Although they all differ in pickup equipment and some other small specifications, they all have one thing in common: The Modern Eagle are consistently excellent and one of the best that can be found at PRS below the Private Stock models.
The PRS Modern Eagle II was released in 2008 and had a massive Indian Rosewood neck, which replaced the now strictly protected Brazilian Rosewood. Furthermore, they decided against the matt finish of the ME I, and so the ME II has a rather glossy finish. But the biggest difference is made by the pickups. These are the now legendary PRS 57/08, which have caused a sensation since their release.
Not really high-gain, these pickups are a great choice for blues and rock. They also have a “coil tap”, which can be activated as usual via the tone potentiometer. This is not a classic “coil split”, because both coils remain active. Only the number of active windings is slightly reduced.
The playability of the unpainted rosewood neck is fantastic. With its polished surface it offers hardly any resistance to the hand which glides over the neck. The slightly thicker pattern neck profile, which differs from the well-known “wide fat” profile with slightly narrower shoulders, fits nicely in the hand, even with slightly shorter fingers. A low string action and meticulously tuned frets are a matter of course.
This 25th Anniversary version features special bird-inlays and a binding on the fretboard. The condition is excellent, with only minimal signs of wear. The frets are also in very good condition and are almost new. The delivery includes the high-quality PRS 25th Anniversary Case, the usual papers, the Eagle Hangtag and the entire Case Candy.