PRS continues to go from strength to strength with their SE line. The quality of these babies just keeps going up and up, and the variety and creativity of the sig models is pretty impressive too.

Opeth’s Fredrik Åkesson joins bandmade Mikael Akerfelt as an SE artist with this classy little number (Pics below). Single extra-deep cutaway for better upper fret access, maple top with quilted maple veneer and thick mahogany back, 24.5” scale length, 22 fret wide fat mahogany neck with ebony fretboard and PRS bird inlays, and TonePros adjustable stoptail bridge. As per Åkesson’s request the controls are flipped around with the treble pickup controls in front of the bass pickup controls. Makes sense to me, dude.

In 2012 the PRS SE Orianthi model gets the new sleek beveled SE carve and a push/pull tone control with 3-way blade switch, compared to the previous model which had a 3-way toggle with no coil tapping. And the finish is changing from Red Sparkle to Scarlet Red.

 

 

And here’s an artistically framed (ie: I was just trying to not get glare off the frets) shot that shows off the inlays.

 

Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro gets an SE model to complement his US-made coercion. It has a beveled maple top, mahogany back, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups with a push-pull tone control and 3-way toggle, along with Dave’s signature Jet White finish and gold hardware. “This is a way to make my guitar available to people who turn to music and art as a way of dealing with the world,” Navarro says. “It’s my act of gratitude to other musicians out there.”

Black Label Society’s Nick Catanese transforms his existing sig beyond recognition with this elegant axe. Mahogany body, flame maple fender, ebony fretboard with no inlays, Scarlet Red finish with black binding, Tone Pros adjustable stop tail, and chrome EMG 81/85 pickups.