PRS Paul Reed Smith SE Kestrel Electric Bass

A super-playable bass that looks as great as it sounds, the PRS SE Kestrel has PRS quality and engineering built in -- down to the famous PRS bird inlays.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Alder body Light weight with a wide tonal range
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
PRS Birds fretboard inlays Signature Paul Reed Smith inlay pattern
Hipshot Ultralite Tuners Super lightweight and precision tuning stability

Your fingers and ears won't be able to get enough of what the Paul Reed Smith SE Kestrel electric bass has to offer. You get everything you'd expect from a PRS instrument: natural and effortless playability, warm, rich, and articulate bass tone, and attractive looks as well. SE 4B 'S' Treble and Bass pickups capture and project a clear and articulate sound, and an alder body and a five-ply maple/walnut neck provides a nice helping of sustain and full-bodied output. A smooth rosewood bound fingerboard sports classic PRS birds inlays, and a Hipshot TransTone bridge provides secure footing for each string.

Vintage-Sounding Alder Body

The Kestrel bass is constructed from alder 00 a classic tonewood. Alder was a popular wood choice for the most in-demand electric guitars in the '50s and '60s -- a time when different musical styles and genres were beginning to emerge. It tends to find itself circling around jazz musicians, but it works well for pretty much any genre. Alder offers a well-balanced resonance, with a nice helping of mids and lows, and it also brings in a dash of brightness that picks up on the attack of your fingers in a subtle fashion. Added to all of that is a nice dose of sustain to help your notes flow naturally into each other -- great for walking up and down the fretboard.

Passive SE 4B 'S' Treble and Bass Pickups

Your set of SE 4B 'S' Treble and Bass pickups do a great job of taking in and projecting the full-bodied resonance your PRS SE Kestrel's alder read more body generates. The neck pickup produces a traditional vintage inspired sound. Depending on your playing style, the bridge pickup can get close to a fretless jazzy-sounding bass tone that picks up on more of your attack. Use your separate volume controls to find the right blend of each pickup.

Maple/Walnut Neck in Through Design

The PRS SE Kestrel's five-ply maple/walnut neck spans 22 frets over a smooth rosewood fingerboard. Maple is somewhat bright-sounding, while walnut brings in a bit more of the middle frequencies. The neck-through design of this bass not only increases each strings length of sustain, it also provides a more seamless transfer of sound and overall resonance.

A Bridge with Options

The Hipshot TransTone bridge on this bass gives you two locations to anchor your strings: at the bridge, or through the body. Each option has its own tonal characteristics, but many bass players opt to anchor their strings through the body to get a little bit more sustain out of each note.


- Alder body delivers a well-balanced sound
- Five-ply maple/walnut neck
- Modern neck-through construction
- SE bass neck shape
- 22 frets over a smooth rosewood fingerboard
- Elegant PRS birds inlays
- Scale length of 34"
- SE 4B 'S' Treble and Bass passive pickup pairing -- PRS-Designed Single-coils
- Two volume controls, one tone control
- Attractive chrome hardware
- Hipshot TransTone bridge
- Hipshot HB6 tuners
- SE gig bag included
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- Body Wood: Alder
- Number of Frets: 22
- Scale Length: 34 inches
- Neck Woods: 5-Ply Maple with Walnut Strips, Neck-Through Construction
- Fingerboard Wood: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Inlays: Birds
- Neck Shape: SE Bass
- Depth at .5 fret: .792 inch
- Width at nut: 1.591 inches
- Width at end of fretboard: 2.500 inches
- Fingerboard radius: 7.500 inches
- Bridge: Hipshot TransTone
- Tuners: Hipshot HB6
- Hardware Type: Chrome
- Electronics: Passive
- Treble Pickup: SE 4B 'S' Treble (PRS-Designed Singlecoil)
- Bass Pickup: SE 4B 'S' Bass (PRS-Designed Singlecoil)
- Controls: Two Volume Controls and One Tone Control, pickguard mounted
- Strings: 45-105 Gauge
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 49 x 20 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PRS KE4 TC

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 410-643-9970

PRS Paul Reed Smith SE Kestrel Bass

The PRS Paul Reed Smith SE Kestrel takes a traditional single-coil bass platform and adds PRS's fit, finish, and attention to detail, delivering a unique take on a classic instrument. No matter the style or decade, the Kestrel can achieve every bass part you loved growing up.

Kestrel (4B 'S') pickups are extremely punchy and focused, giving player the ability to walk a low-mid focused blues line, articulate a high-mid focused fretless style part rich with harmonics, nail the scooped midrange and sweet top-end sound slappers favor, and wield a razor sharp blistering rock bassline. This bass has growl to burn!

Designed in PRS's Maryland shop, the Kestrel's alder body and modern neck through construction provide sustain and evenly balanced tone. The maple/walnut neck has been meticulously designed, and the 34 inch scale length makes this an instantly comfortable bass for players of every capability. A modern bridge allows you the choice of strings through the bridge or the body to yield even more tonal possibilities.


- Alder Body
- Maple/Walnut 5-ply thru neck
- 22 fret bound Rosewood fretboard with birds
- 34 inche scale
- PRS-designed single coil pickups (2)
- Pickguard mounted controls
- Hipshot bridge with thru-body stringing, Hipshot tuners
- Includes SE Gigbag

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted August 29, 2020 by Kris Y
"Even more than expected"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Extremely well made, great quality control and a great attention to detail. Hipshot tuners and bridge, the fit and finish was top notch and it balances like a dream. It’s very versatile sonically too. I am able to get a great variety of sounds out of it even without a preamp. Pickups sound really good and even though it’s a passive bass, the output is still really good. Out of the box setup was pretty good, I made a few tweaks to the action but the intonation was spot on and the truss Rod was adjusted properly. I highly recommend this bass, I am very pleased with it and it has become my number 1 for playing out and for practicing.
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