Best known for his work with Whitesnake, Bernie Marsden has long been respected for his rich, blues inspired style. His impeccable talent as a guitar player has kept him active in the music world for ... Read More
Best known for his work with Whitesnake, Bernie Marsden has long been respected for his rich, blues inspired style. His impeccable talent as a guitar player has kept him active in the music world for over thirty years and allowed him to share company with a virtual "who's who" of recording and touring musicians.
Closely designed with Marsden himself, the SE Bernie Marsden offers classic appeal with today's quality and dependability. Appointments include a Vintage Sunburst maple top with flame maple veneer and crème binding along the body's top edge and a 24.5" scale length, 22 fret wide fat mahogany neck with bound rosewood fretboard. PRS designed SE 245 humbuckers, two volume controls and a single tone control with a 3-way toggle pickup selector round out the offerings. Includes gig bag.
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Before I bought this guitar, I was looking at other American Made mid range prices guitars like maybe a Fender or even a Gibson LPJ. At this price range, you just can't get a better guitar. I've had this guitar now for 5 months, and have gigged with it on numerous occasions. I've had no issues and the tones, resonance, and sustainability leave everyone impressed. Try one out, you won't be disappointed.
After studying all the PRS SE models, and trying out one, I found this to be one of the best. First off, it is a very beautiful looking guitar. It looks like a vintage sunburst Les Paul. I like the artist series because the artist puts some time in with the builder,some more than others. I think Bernie put in alot! A few things that separate this model from the pack: This Marsden had PRS add a creme binding all around the guitar and neck, simply elegant and very smooth, and to the best of my knowledge, not on the other models. This had to cost more $$ but they kept the cost down. He also had PRS model this after his '59 Les Paul "The Beast". This has a little bit larger body and makes this PRS thicker and heavier than the other models. I think that coupled with the mahogany body and flame maple top give it a really nice tone. Also, the tuners are a vintage creme color. I also like the 245 pickups. My buddy at guitar center said they are a little better than their standard PRS SE's. When the guitar arrived at the store, I had my friend open it up. He owns a real PRS. He was really blown away! Loved the looks and had to play it right away. I also had the guitar tech guru check it out and he said it was a lot of guitar for the money. The only negatives are probably normal: Some fret buzz on the E string. PRS does include a card that says this is normal in shipping. Some truss rod and bridge tweeking needed if you're picky. Techs always recommend Grovers down the road. I must say, I love playing rock and metal and this thing has really stayed in tune when I bend the strings. Even if you get bored playing it, and you won't, it's nice to look at!
This has got to be the most amazing guitar at this price. Looks beautiful and is solid as a rock. It has a thicker body than other PRS SE's and the resonance is really something to admire. The frets and fingerboard are better put together than some of my American made LP's. Really a gem of a guitar. The TONE is deep and actively "sonic." Very full and dimensional sound. I waited 3 months for it and now that it is back in stock I recommend that YOU pick one up. Get yourself a GC coupon and you can get it for less than $600 like I did. I feel like I found something that others should know about... but not too many people! I want this to stay a unique guitar that only a small, lucky group have in their possession. Overall, a quality axe in every category. For the price it is preposterous!
I'll keep this short and sweet. I have 8 electrics, including a les paul custom, a prs custom single cut, and a prs custom 22. This bernie marsden is absolutely my favorite. It's so clear. I paid 1/8th the price of the other ones and it suites me perfectly. love it. I don't write reviews, but i felt compelled.
I have been wanting to learn how to play for years. My partner got me an acoustic guitar a year ago. Everytime I went to play it I was just uncomfortable. Nothing wrong with the guitar, it is just too big for me. Anyway, so I started searching for an electric guitar (hopefully will move up to the acoustic). I LOVE THIS GUITAR. Originally was just going to get the "$200 Package", but very happy with going with a better guitar. The salesman was right, I AM HAPPY! So, if you can afford a slightly spendier guitar, start with this one. It is so nice to play, easy actually. I am excited to go home every night to do my "guitar exercises". OH, and did I mention that the guitar is gorgeous!?
I own quite a few guitars, and this one by far is the best. I was sketchy at first about the SE's in general, but after playing on this at the store I had to take it home. For the price, there is no better guitar. I own a Schecter C-7 Blackjack and an Ibanez Xiphos and this one blows them both away. The playability is effortless and the pickups are extremely versatile, and the finish is just amazing. I would have paid twice the price for this guitar! The only guitars I've played on that are better than this are the high end PRS, and high end Music Man's. I've only owned this a few days now, but it's built like a tank. I can tell it's going to last a very long time! And if you gig a lot like me, that's a must! So, if you're looking for a versatile but cheap guitar, this is the way to go. The only complaint is the tuners, but those are easily replacable, and of course straplocks. Other than that, it's ready to go!