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PRS Paul Reed Smith 2018 SE Mark Holcomb Electric Guitar (with Gig Bag)

PRS Paul Reed Smith 2018 SE Mark Holcomb Electric Guitar (with Gig Bag)

Djent your way to sonic satisfaction with the SE Mark Holcomb. Crank out fat palm mutes and sizzling leads with Seymour Duncan Alpha/Omega pickups.

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Submitted March 28, 2018 by Aaron Lee in Acworth, GA
"PRS SE has gone mad!"
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This is probabaly the best signature model that PRS has ever created!
Sound
Seymore Duncan Alpha and Omega pickups are designed for downtuned music. No matter how low you go down, you get a crystal clear tone, both on clean and distortion channels. This guitar does not sound muddy at all. But since Alpha and Omega pickups are voiced for downtuning, it doesn't sound quite good on standard or half step down tuning. And also, I am not a huge fan of coil split but this option gives you more tonal variations which is great for the studio guitarists.
Features
The most useful feature of this guitar will be the fixed plate style bridge. You can easily adjust the height and intonation of each indvidual saddles and it handles the low action quite well. String through also makes the process of changing the string quick and easy. Most of PRS SE models that I had to deal with in the past all had wraparound style bridges which is really the pain..This guitar comes with factory PRS designed headmachines but they stay in tune just fine. I have seen a lot of people complaining about the tuning stability but you just have to stretch strings a little bit when you first take it out of the box. Satin finish neck feels smooth and comfortable, double cutaway body gives a good playability when soloing on higher frets. A long scale also makes downtuning easy. This guitar comes with a gauge 10 string set and you dont need to go thicker than this. It could handle drop B with no problem.
Ease of Use
One volume, one tone, two pickups and 3 way switch. Simple enough. Whatelse do you want to do with this configuration? Sure you can play around with split coil but I dont think there is not much meaning to it. If you want to play Red Hot Chilli Peppers tune, go get yourself a Fender strat.
Quality
Made in Korea. I have actually been to the Korean factory where they manufacture other brands like Dean and Schecter. They exactly know what they are doing and I can guarantee you the best quality. Dont get me wrong. Indonesia and Mexico got great guitar making skills as well but they just cant beat Korean craftsmanship. Korea has been in the OEM business longer than them so they got more experiences and know hows.
Value
It only costs 899 bucks but look at Jackson pro series models that cost about a grand. About 100 to 200 bucks difference but the overall quality, this guitar beats Jackson, Schecter, Dean, any other imported brands.
Manufacturer Support
I didn´t have any issues with this guitar yet so no manufacturer support needed yet.
The Wow Factor
Holocomb burst finish with quilted maple veneer top is unique and gorgeous. Crafsmanship is on point and wherelese would you find guitars with installed Alpha and Omega pickups?
Musical Background:
I have been playing for about 13 years now and I used to work as a studio and live session gutiarist.
Musical Style:
Heavy metal, Neo-classical, Djent, Alternative rock, Progressive rock, Jazz, Blues.
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Submitted June 10, 2018 by Dominick G in Marlton, NJ
"Absolutely stunning!"
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I'm a huge Jackson guitar guy from way back in the mid 80's. I've been looking for something different for a while now and when Holcomb/Seymour Duncan released the Alpha/Omega set, I purchased a set for my nephew. He threw them into an Ibanez and said they sounded amazing! With that being said, I thought if they sounded THAT good in an Ibanez then this signature PRS Holcomb would sound 100 times better, I purchased the guitar and couldn't be any happier! I haven't picked up a Jackson since! Way to go PRS!!!
Musical Background:
Started out actually playing music as a drummer about 35 years ago...picked up the guitar here and there over that time span
Musical Style:
rock, metal/progressive rock/metal
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Submitted September 9, 2020 by a customer from gmail.com
"Periphery tone on a budget"
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This guitar plays awesome. The satin neck with the ebony fingerboard makes this guitar feel super fast out of the box. The neck feels narrower than most metal guitars (think of Ibanez) which is more easy for me to play. The pickups are great, they have some sharpness to them but have to be careful with the high end when using high gain amps, they will never sound muddy or clouded in the mix. The only downside is the nut. Is pure cheap plastic, so expect tuning stability problem, however that’s something affordable to change if you put a graptech on it. I have had troubles with this guitar in the past where I kept returning and buying it because each one was different/not consistent in sound. One sounded more muddy and harsh, while others will sound sweet and defined but lacked gain. Finally I think the ones being made in 2020 are more consistent and you are getting the same SE’s Mark plays. I’m very satisfied with the last one I got.
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Submitted August 10, 2019 by Adam white in Meridian, TX
"Blown away."
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My brother just bought this guitar as a gift for me. Needless to say I was in total shock just from the sight of it. But after playing this guitar I can now say without a doubt I have never played a more perfect instrument. The pickups are very hot and still have beautiful clean tones. I do not know how Seymour Duncan managed that, but they did. It is by far the best instrument I own. If you play metal music I can promise you that this guitar is a perfect fit for you, it will absolutely scream. The alpha omega pickups are absolutely nuts! Everyone needs an instrument that will inspire them and this is that instrument!!!
Musical Background:
I have played for 25 years I do recordings for myself and other local bands
Musical Style:
Rock, metal, and blues
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