Posted on 31st January 2018 by Callum
PRS haven’t pulled any punches with their new products at NAMM this year. There’s a selection of top, mid and entry level guitars, as well as some stunning new SE acoustics. Plus there’s the great MT15 amp and cabinet!
In collaboration with Dustie Waring of Between the Buried and Me, PRS have pushed the boat out with a feature laden guitar. This signature model flourishes in versatility, able to step between heavy, melodic, lush and menacing in a heartbeat. Available in two mean colour schemes, this top-drawer guitar is a real standout.
Built on the flagship CE 24 platform, the neck is satin finish maple with a maple fretboard. The neck shape is slightly thinner front to back, a special carve exclusive to model. Dustie Waring’s signature Mojotone “DW Tomahawk” pickups feature here. Blending ceramic and alnico magnets and a special winding technique, these pickups have plenty of output and low end, whilst maintaining crystal clarity. There’s a Floyd Rose bridge here too, to complete this tricked-out guitar. It’s versatile, comfortable and most of all fun to play!
Ever the innovators, PRS have taken their Standard 22 base and packed it with a new pickup configuration. This new version has three pickups in an HSH setup, and an upgraded switching system. Making forays into uncharted territory, new tones are possible with three pickups. There’s eight combinations in total, encompassing everything from punchy single coils to a chunky bridge humbucker. It covers a lot of ground, and the coil tap expands the functionality. If you want to create something familiar yet totally (and tonally) new, the S2 Studio is for you.
We said there’d be something for everyone here. This is the most affordable range PRS have produced, but there’s of course no compromise on quality here. Thanks to their top-notch attention to design there’s now a PRS for beginners to enjoy and feel comfortable with.
Mark Tremonti has a strong pedigree with PRS and he again lends his name to this model. This guitar’s tone is the star of the show, with Tremonti “S” pickups and dual volume and tone controls. The dynamism is here, never losing this model’s signature articulate aggression. It’s got an all mahogany body and the trademark PRS bird inlays, and a PRS designed tremolo bridge. This guitar is fast, fun, and hard to put down!
We’ve seen a lot of these size amps at NAMM this year. It’s great to now see PRS getting in on the action! An all-valve offering, the MT15 is a two-channel amp with balanced aggression and articulation. A so called “Lunchbox Hero”, this is Mark Tremonti’s first signature amp.
You can dig in with a heavy rhythm, or get the searing lead lines all out of one amp. The gain channel gives you a big chunky tone with a tight low end, whilst the clean channel is bright and chimey. Whatever you dial in, it will keep its balance across the spectrum. Best of all, it’s 15 watts, switchable down to 7 for when you need the drive without the volume.
To accompany this cracking amp head PRS have produced the Mark Tremonti Signature cabinet. This is a birch plywood enclosure with a Celestion Vintage 30 twelve-inch speaker. It’ll take up to 120 watts and looks cool and smooth with its black grill cloth and piping. The perfect partner to the MT 15!
Constructed to Paul Reed Smith’s exacting standard, the SE range of acoustics are sure to make a splash this year. Featuring largely traditional tonewoods and solid tops combined with innovative bracing designs these guitars are instantly classic and lively. Available in a range of shapes and sizes, be sure to get your hands on one of these and experience the PRS marque when translated onto an acoustic.
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