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Iron Mike Discusses The PRS SE Zach Myers Guitar

Recently, my kids got me a guitar I've been wanting for over a year: the Zach Myers SE from PRS.  After living with it for a few weeks, I must admit, it is everything I hoped it would be.

Below is a video demo; have a look and I'll give you some additional information below.

Sorry, for the poor video quality.  It may be time for a camera upgrade.  Also, the guitar does have a 24.5" inch scale neck. When they edited the video they put in there it was a 24 3/4".  This should be a lesson to my staff...NEVER QUESTION THE BOSS. Anyway, let's get down to a more in depth review of the guitar:

  • 22 FRETS
  • 24.5" SCALE
  • MAHOGANY NECK
  • WIDE FAT NECK
  • ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD
  • BIRDS INLAYS
  • MAPLE TOP
  • MAHOGANY BACK
  • SEMI HOLLOW F-HOLE BODY
  • PRS ADJUSTABLE STOPTAIL BRIDGE
  • VINTAGE STYLE TUNERS
  • 245 SE BRIDGE AND NECK PICKUPS (HUMBUCKERS)
  • 3 WAY SELECTOR
  • VOLUME AND TONE CONTROLS FOR EACH PICKUP

 

As I mentioned in the video, Zach Myers seems to have similar tatsest in guitars as I do.  His first PRS signature model was a 3 pickup single cut, which is also a design I would have done for myself. This new SE has most of the things on it I would have chosen, if I were going to have the guys at PRS make me a guitar. 

Let's start with the neck I prefer unfinished, oiled necks.  The satin finish on this guitar feels very close to that which scores big points with me. Most Les Paul type guitars tend to have a finished neck, which I hate, particularly if I'm playing an outdoor festivsl show.  The sticky neck slows me down This puppy is like silk.

The neck is fat; kind of that old school Les Paul feel.  It feels thicker to me than the Mark Tremonti SE.  Of course, this has flatter radius as well.  For the most part this guitar feels like a Les Paul.

I've had 4 Gibson SG's over the years, and this guitar has that same sound to my ears. Its got that "not quite" Les Paul sound; a little more upper midrange.  I like the pickups quite a but...which is unusual for me.  I love swapping out pickups; and I may not this time around.  Overall, the tone is somewhere between Angus Young and Billy Gibbons straight out of the box.

The guitar is light, and very comfortable to play.  I realy like the adjustable wrap around bridge. Most wrap arounds are not adjustable, which is fine for most guitar players, but for slide players who use open tunings like me, have the ability to adjust the intonation is an important feature.

The factory set-up is always on par from PRS, and needs no adjustmen, beyond my own personal tweaks for slide.

The guitar is very pleasing to the eye.  The flame maple on mine is a little nebulous in some spots, but the trampas green makes for a gorgeous piece of eye candy.  Chicks dig it.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with this guitar.  I've done one show with it and have a few minor mods to make, but what blows me away is the price.  Its amazing that Paul Smith has made a guitar of this quality available for this price.  Over the years, I've owned dozens and dozens of guitars.  This by far, has been the most bang for the buck I've ever seen on a new guitar.  If you are shopping for a new axe, do yourself a favor and at least play one of these before you make your decision.  You can thank me later.

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