REVIEW: PRS SE Bernie Marsden

Long before Whitesnake was a hairspray-squirting, chart-topping, glitzy pop-rock band  they were a whiskey-swillin’, bar-room-fight-havin’ blues rock band. And some of their best blues rock was courtesy of one Bernie Marsden. This English guitar great has now been honoured with a PRS SE signature guitar and, as expected, it offers a slightly modern take on a classic vibe.


Marsden’s signature singlecut PRS SE looks at once familiar and exotic. It has a thick maple top with flame maple veneer in Vintage Sunburst finish, atop a deep mahogany body. The curves are very distinctively PRS, especially the treble side cutaway and the slightly square shoulder on the bass side, but the finish looks like it’s from another era. It’s perfectly applied, with no signs of paint bleed or rough buffing anywhere. Held up at an angle the clear coat is positively glassy.


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PRS SE Bernie Marsden Signature Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst from Musician’s Friend for $649.

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