It's here, guys. It's finally here. After years of lusting after, it has finally come. My 2010 PRS SE Zach Myers Sig.Awesome clear knobsFleur de lys inlay at 12th fretThe sisters together
Before I start to delve into the actual guitar, I just want to stress how long I've been waiting to get my hands on one of these. Five years ago, when I was shopping around for my first electric guitar, this was one that caught my attention. I was a big Shinedown fan (and still am), and the looks of this guitar always struck a chord with me. But it was waaayy over my budget, so I got something else. Couple years later, I got my first PRS, a SE Singlecut, which I absolutely loved and still do, but still wasn't that guitar that caught my eye years ago. And it only got worse when they changed the model and that particular iteration was almost impossible to find for under 800-1000 US without shipping or taxes, and my hopes to ever own it were waning. But in early December, I came across a near mint model on eBay for 425$ US. One impulse buy, 830$ CAN and a few days later, it arrived.
Now that I have it, I have to say I'm pretty damn pleased with it. Coming off of my Singlecut, I have to say that I feel the extra weight from the thicker body. Its nothing backbreaking, but its still noticeable. The neck feels identical to my other PRS (both SE Wide/Fat), and I was surprised to notice how little I missed the fret markers, as well as how much of a difference the ebony fretboard made. Being used to rosewood, it almost felt like playing on a plastic board, but I quickly got used to it. Sound wise, it is a little hotter than my Singlecut. The neck pickup has a little more character than the one on my other PRS, its great for cleans with a little distortion, and the bridge pickup sounds damn near identical to my Singlecut, so much so I think it might be the same. The middle one is actually very similar to the bridge, I can actually get the same tone from the bridge pup simply by rolling down the tone knob. Speaking of, it's great to have more options when it comes to the knobs and the switches. Overall, its a great guitar. It's very similar to my Singlecut, but the added weight and hardware give it more legit
feel, if that makes any sense. As much as I love my first PRS, I have to admit it kinda feels like PRS SC Lite. But this, this is real deal. Almost.
No matter how much I enjoy it right now, there are some things I'm planning on ameliorating. First order of business, those strap buttons are worthless. OK, maybe I'm being to harsh, they're actually pretty fine, but I'm so used to Straploks that whenever I play standing up without 'em, I stand still as a statue out of fear of smashing my new guitar. Bu don't worry, Straploks are in the mail as we speak. Also in the mail are covers for the pickups. While I adore the looks of the guitar, the black on black pickup looks is kind of boring, so I'll try covering them up. I also plan on changing the middle pickup for something special, as the current one is rather bland and so far, there really is nothing I can do with it that I can't do with the others. I'm considering a Phat Cat, but I'm open to suggestions, go nuts
(I will be updating this post with some sound clips when I get around to edit my recordings.)