After weeks of teasing and speculation, the SE version of John Mayer’s signature PRS guitar, the Silver Sky, has finally arrived.
At $ 849, the SE Silver Sky is a significant new entry into the mid-priced electric guitar market, a guitar that Mayer says is “more accessible, but doesn’t penalize a guitarist for not having the Core, US [Silver Sky]. “
“With the release of the SE Silver Sky, PRS has kept the modern design aesthetic, tone and feel of the original model and made it accessible to more guitarists, from beginner to professional. be happier with it, ”he said in a statement. You can check out the all new blues guitar superstar model demo above.
Before the unveiling of the model, Guitar world – and our esteemed Technical Writer and Resident Equipment Inspector, Paul Riario – also got a taste of the guitar. You can check out his findings below.
While similar to its US-built big brother in many ways, the SE Silver Sky is still its own pet.
Instead of the alder body found on the Core Silver Sky, the SE Silver Sky has a poplar body. It does, however, retain the maple neck and rosewood fingerboard of the Core model (although the American-made Silver Sky can also be purchased with a maple fingerboard). The rosewood fingerboard features scaled-down versions of the Maryland Company’s signature bird inlays.
Although the neck of the SE – like the Core model – features 22 frets, a scale length of 25.5 “, and the 635JM sculpture favored by Mayer, its fingerboard radius – 8.5” – deviates from the 7, 25 of the Core Silver Sky with a vintage spirit.
SE versions of the 635JM Mayer and Paul Reed Smith pickups meticulously developed for the Silver Sky are also present, giving players a close approximation to the tones found on Mayer’s beloved ’63 and ’64 Stratocasters.
With a single volume and two tone knobs, plus a five-position reed switch, the controls are the same too.
The PRS steel tremolo, Silver Sky inverted head, nickel hardware, and vintage-style tuners found aboard the Core Silver Sky are also present on the SE, although the SE’s tuners are not lockable, while the Core tuners lock up.
To top it off, the guitar comes in four finishes – Ever Green, Stone Blue, Moon White, and Dragon Fruit – which aren’t available on the Core Silver Sky.
At $ 849, we reckon the super-well-designed Silver Sky SE should be as big, if not bigger, a player in the electric guitar realm than the US-built model that came before it.
For more information on the model – which comes with a PRS SE carry bag – head over to PRS.