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  • From PRS's 2018 Bolt-On series
  • John Mayer Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 7.25" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple or Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Bridge pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • PRS Steel Tremolo bridge
  • JM635 Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Vintage frets
  • Vintage-Style, Locking tuners
  • Weight between 7lbs (3.2kgs) and 7.75lbs (3.5kgs)
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  • From PRS's 2018 Bolt-On series
  • John Mayer Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 7.25" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple or Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Bridge pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • PRS Steel Tremolo bridge
  • JM635 Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Vintage frets
  • Vintage-Style, Locking tuners
  • Weight between 7lbs (3.2kgs) and 7.75lbs (3.5kgs)
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 70
Sound 77
Build quality 72
Value for money 63
Overall Score 73
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
PRS Silver Sky
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Videos

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Price: is the PRS Silver Sky a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $3600, which means that the PRS Silver Sky is around 29% cheaper than the competition. This takes into account all guitars of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Tremolo bridge that are made in United States.

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Your feedback

Not all guitars are created equal, and there are many important things they won't tell you about the guitar you're buying. That's why it's important to have different opinions. Here's what our visitors who have played this guitar say. If you've played it before, help others by voting for your experience below.

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Is The PRS Silver Sky Easy to Play?

The PRS Silver Sky meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

PRS Silver Sky
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Wide nut
  • Tall frets
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the PRS Silver Sky's construction favors people with relatively big hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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How Lightweight is it?

We found that the PRS Silver Sky weighs between 7lbs (3.2kgs) and 7.75lbs (3.5kgs). This was recorded from some online retailers that publish the weight of the guitars they sell.

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the PRS Silver Sky's 25.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

PRS Silver Sky Scale Length Comparison
PRS Silver Sky's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the same scale length used in Stratocaster guitars, and it's one of the main reasons they have such a bright sound. It's considered a long scale when compared to most non-baritone guitars.

Since the distance between bridge and nut is relatively long, you'll need to give the strings more tension to get them in tune. This higher tension will allow for a couple of things. First, you can get a lower action (get the strings closer to the fretboard) because the strings won't 'wiggle' too much when pluck and won't cause fret buzz. This can allow you to use lower tunings without increasing your string gauge, and it will make it easier to press down the strings fast.

However, the frets will also have a wider separation between each other, which can make it harder to play, especially if you got small hands. The higher tension will also make the strings feel stiffer, so bending will require more strength.

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Neck Profile

PRS Silver Sky Neck Profile
PRS Silver Sky's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The PRS Silver Sky's neck thickness is approximately 0.87'' (22.1mm) at the first fret, and 0.97'' (24.6mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official PRS website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a Vintage type neck. This is a type of vintage neck, so it's thick and has a wider grip than most modern guitars. This is a very particular type of neck that usually only people with a specific taste for vintage guitars will like. We recommend you try this in person before buying if it's your first vintage neck. You might end up absolutely loving it or hating it.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The PRS Silver Sky has a 7.25" fingerboard radius. Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

PRS Silver Sky Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
PRS Silver Sky's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This type of radius is considered vintage because it's a lot shorter than what is used in modern guitars. It'll make chords easy to play without muting the strings because the curve will give more space for your fingers, and it adapts more naturally to your hand. However, this comes at a disadvantage. Bending the strings will be more difficult because you will have to adapt your bends to the curve. Also, you won't be able to set the action of the strings low because your strings will ''fret out'' and get muted when bending due to the curve making the string hit the other frets.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the PRS Silver Sky has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

PRS Silver Sky
This model
25.5'' Scale Length
Vintage Neck Profile
1.656'' Nut Width
7.25'' Fretboard Radius
24.5'' Scale Length
Vintage Neck Profile
1.656'' Nut Width
11.5'' Fretboard Radius
25'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
10'' Fretboard Radius
25'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.656'' Nut Width
10'' Fretboard Radius
25'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
10'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

PRS Silver Sky Nut Width
PRS Silver Sky Nut Width

The PRS Silver Sky has a nut width of 42.1mm (1.656''). This is narrower than the typical 43mm (1 11/16") width. This means that this guitar will have a narrower string separation at the nut, which will affect your fretting hand.

If you are a player with big hands, you might find it difficult to play chords without muting strings. However, this is good for players who have smaller hands, as it will allow them to reach each string much easier at the nut.

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Frets

The PRS Silver Sky has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

PRS Silver Sky Fret Size Comparison
PRS Silver Sky's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The PRS Silver Sky's frets are Vintage size. This is one of the shortest fret sizes you can find. Most modern guitar players prefer taller frets because it's easier to bend and press down the strings. However, some people love the feeling of a small fret that lets them feel the fretboard while playing. We recommend newbies choose a taller size for an easier experience.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 60
Chord Playability 100
Solo Playability 50
Playability 70

Does the PRS Silver Sky Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood Used in the PRS Silver Sky

Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck, Fretboard

Alder Body: This is a lightweight type of wood that was popularized by Fender. According to them, it's a wood that offers a balanced tone but that favors the upper midrange slightly.

Maple Neck and Fretboard: This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

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Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: PRS. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The PRS Silver Sky's configuration is SSS. This is the pickup configuration made famous by the Stratocaster. It gives you beautiful clean tones, but also a vintage-sounding distortion. This pickup combination will sound chimey, but you might be surprised at the warmness that you can get from a single-coil at the neck position on a 22-fret guitar. The disadvantage of this configuration is the hum noise that single-coils produce due to their nature.

Versatility

It gives you a good amount of tone options with its 5-way switch. You can use it to choose at least 5 different pickup combinations.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

PRS Silver Sky pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
PRS Silver Sky's switch options

What music genre is the PRS Silver Sky good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with SSS configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Funk or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 100
Sustain 60
Versatility 73
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 77

How well is the PRS Silver Sky Built?

Where is the PRS Silver Sky Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The PRS Silver Sky is made in United States. Guitars made in the USA have the reputation of being the best instruments you can get. This statement isn't as accurate as a few years ago, but you should still expect top-quality from a guitar made in this country.

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Bridge

PRS Steel Tremolo: This type of bridge allows you to change the pitch of the notes by pulling the bridge with the attached bar, which gives you better versatility. Also, since the bridge is not fixed to the guitar body, the bridge will move as you bend the strings. So you'll have to increase the distance of your bends to reach the same tension (note) compared to a fixed bridge. This allows you to perform smoother bends but will also make you slower. Finally, remember that this type of bridge requires a bit more maintenance than fixed ones, especially when changing strings.

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Tuners

The PRS Silver Sky comes with locking tuners, which helps with tuning stability and makes changing strings a lot faster and easier. As long as they're high quality, these are the best tuning machines you can have. The only disadvantage is that they are a bit heavier than normal tuners.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the PRS Silver Sky has a Bone nut. This material is one of the highest quality you can get. It provides excellent sustain and tune stability if cut well. The only disadvantage is that it's an organic material, so it's not consistent. Two different bone nuts, even if made from the same bone, will probably sound slightly different. However, bear in mind that this is only relevant when playing open strings.

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Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Bolt-On neck joint. Even though this type of neck was looked down upon for a long time, nowadays bolt-on necks are well built and provide just as much sustain as any other join method. First of all, it's cheap to make because it consists of simply 4 bolts that attach the neck to the body. And you can travel with the guitar more easily, swap out the neck if you damage it, or upgrade to a more comfortable neck later on.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 56
Features 65
Quality Control 95
Build Quality 72

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PRS Silver Sky Specs

General
Brand: PRS
Year: 2018
Configuration: SSS
Strings: 6
Made in: United States
Series: Bolt-On
Colors: Gold, White, Blue, Green, Brown, Red, Gray
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Alder
Bridge: PRS Steel Tremolo
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Vintage-Style, Locking
Fretboard: Maple or Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple
Decoration: Small Birds
Scale Size: 25.5"
Shape: JM635
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.87'' (22.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.97'' (24.6mm)
Frets: 22 Vintage
Fretboard Radius: 7.25"
Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 42.1mm (1.656'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way
Knobs: Bell
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 2
Bridge Pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil / Passive)
Middle Pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil / Passive)

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