Tone Report Weekly 188 - Page 41

Paul Reed Smith & Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier When Paul Reed Smith would sneak backstage at a Ted Nugent concert and give his second guitar ever to rhythm guitarist/ vocalist Derek St. Holmes, little did he know that he’d rival the behemoth that was Gibson. Smith would even team up with Ted McCarty, Gibson’s former president and creator of the Flying V, to produce new guitar models (one line even being named for McCarty himself). Combining the best features of the Stratocaster and Les Paul, diversity would be the name of the game for PRS. The innovative five-position rotary knob gave great pickup combinations from the signature Dragon pickups, and the mahogany bodies provided rich, balanced tones. PRS would slowly build its profile over the ‘90s, around the same time Mesa released its famous Rectifier line. Already famous for their Mark series of amps, Mesa would pride itself on amps that would provide anything a professional musician would need, with the Rectifier line being the next evolution. Capable of tender cleans or monster gain, you had the new face of rock into the new millennium when paired with PRS axes. 41