Paul Reed Smith takes the classic single-cut, bolt-on design to exciting new heights with the PRS NF 53. Inspired by a '53 from Paul's vintage guitar collection, the NF 53 is carved from a resonant slab of swamp ash with a svelte cutaway for added comfort. Its maple Pattern 53-shaped neck provides familiar playability, complemented perfectly by this solidbody electric guitar's maple, 10-inch-radius, 22-fret fingerboard, and 25.5-inch scale length. You'll be awestruck by the focused, powerful tone yielded by the NF 53's PRS Narrowfield DD pickups. You also get top-shelf hardware, including a PRS plate-style bridge, barrel-style saddles, and vintage-style tuners. And, of course, the NF 53 includes the company's iconic Birds fingerboard inlays, ensuring that nobody mistakes the NF 53 for anything other than a PRS. A killer modern bolt-on with a few well-placed nods to its vintage counterparts, the Paul Reed Smith NF 53 is another classic in the making.
At its core, the NF 53 is a no-frills classic rock machine. It boasts a tried-and-tested single-cut swamp ash body, along with a bolt-on maple neck and fingerboard. That said, its graceful cutaway scoop, comfortable neck carve, and built-for-speed fingerboard radius propel this solidbody electric guitar firmly into the twenty-first century. Its plate-style bridge offers precise intonation while also nodding to its roots. Moreover, the NF 53 features vintage-style tuners for maximum reliability.
The PRS NF 53 comes loaded with a set of Narrowfield DD (Deep Dish) pickups. This pair is carefully voiced to simultaneously deliver the best characteristics of a humbucker, a P-90, a traditional single-coil, and a mini humbucker. That said, it's constructed with taller bobbins than PRS's typical Narrowfields. This design makes room for more winds and extra metal pieces in between its magnets, yielding a tone that's more focused and powerful than previous Narrowfields. The NF 53 includes volume and tone knobs, along with a 3-way blade switch, giving you access to a full range of classic tones.
The guitarists here at Music Experience have found the NF 53 to be among the most playable guitars in our massive inventory. For starters, its 25.5-inch scale length gives it a feel that hard-rock guitar connoisseurs will find very familiar. Its Pattern 53-shaped neck is substantial enough to fill your hand yet slender enough to stay out of your way. You also get a 22-fret, 10-inch-radius fingerboard that facilitates jazz chording, rock riffage, and blazing-fast leads with equal aplomb.
The PRS NF 53 is a powerful guitar that combines classic tones with modern design. Inspired by one of Paul Reed Smith’s vintage guitars from 1953, the PRS NF 53 combines a swamp ash body and 22-fret, 25.5” scale length bolt-on maple neck with maple fretboard with a special set of PRS Narrowfield pickups. The PRS Narrowfield DD (Deep Dish) pickups are made with taller bobbins to fit more winds and extra metal pieces in between the magnets for a more focused, powerful tone.
“I am so pleased with the feedback from the artists who have played this guitar – everyone is telling us that we have something special here,” said Paul Reed Smith. “If you are a fan of this style and tone, the NF 53 will take you where you want to go. To me to have this kind of beautiful high end without the hum is game changing.”
Paired with a volume and tone control and 3-way blade pickup switch, the NF 53 allows players to easily dial in their sound. The steel plate-style bridge, PRS vintage style tuners, and nickel hardware all work together to provide precise and reliable tuning stability while promoting sustain and powerful tone.The PRS NF 53 is available in four stunning finishes: White Doghair, Black Doghair, Blue Matteo, and McCarty Tobacco Sunburst. Whether you are a seasoned player or just starting out, the PRS NF 53 is an addictive guitar you won’t want to put down.
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|Number of Frets
|PRS Plate Style, Steel
|PRS Vintage-Style Closed-back with PRS Buttons
|PRS Narrowfield DD Humbucker
|PRS Narrowfield DD Humbucker
|1 x volume, 1 x tone
|PRS Classic, .010-.046
3-way blade pickup switch
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