Here is a 2005 PRS Santana II Semi-hollow built for PRS employee Alan Gelston to mark his 7th anniversary at the company.
As you can see from the photos, this guitar is stunning. The body is a sandwich of AAAA+ Flame Maple with South American Mahogany in the middle, kiln baked for resonance. The neck too is AAAA+ figured maple finished, as is the body, in ‘Tiger Eye’ stain with a smoky burst. Ebony fingerboard with paua inlays tops it all off. The gold plated hardware and rosewood knobs further enhance the look going to show that Mr Gelston had a good eye for detail. Every employee is offered one of these custom builds having been at the company for 2 or more years, the work being carried out by themselves and members of the Private Stock Department. Notably with this guitar, Joe Knaggs was involved in the construction. Included with the instrument is documentation from Mr Gelston himself detailing the work and a CD containing pictures of the build process.
The guitar comes in a PRS leather hardshell case.
A unique instrument with an interesting angle, these guitars exemplify the passion that the company employees have for their work. A wonderful piece.