COOL GEAR ALERT: PRS SE Mikael Åkerfeldt

It’s unofficially Opeth week here at I Heart Guitar – after all, new album Heritage is out now and it kicks all sorts of ass – so let’s take a look at the Paul Reed Smith SE Mikael Åkerfeldt signature model.

This puppy was unveiled at NAMM this year, and although Mikael didn’t use it on the Heritage sessions, he definitely stands behind this guitar. And why not? Legendary PRS-designed tremolo bridge, SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups, old-school bird inlays, 24 frets and that cool Opeth stylised ‘O’ logo. This is a classy axe, and I’ve long been impressed by PRS SE build quality. To be honest, I wasn’t really impressed during the first year or two of the SE line, but manufacturing tolerances and build quality zoomed right up pretty early on and now I rank them pretty high – especially the SE One, the Torero and the Orianthi and Paul Allender signature models.

By the way, check out my interview with Åkerfeldt here.

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CLICK HERE to buy the Mikael Åkerfeldt signature model from Musician’s Friend.