PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt - Tortoise Shell
PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt - Tortoise Shell

SE Mikael Akerfeldt - Tortoise Shell, Gitarre mit Sonstiger Form from PRS in the SE Signature series.

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heads on fire 31/01/2012

PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt - Tortoise Shell: Produktbewertung von heads on fire (content in English)

"Great guitar - could do without the logo."

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Made in Korea

Top Wood Beveled Maple with Flame Maple Veneer
Back Wood Mahogany
Extras Opeth "O" Logo
Number of Frets 24 Jumbo Frets
Scale Length 25"
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Ebony
Neck Shape Wide Fat
Fretboard Inlays Birds
Bridge PRS Designed Tremolo
Tuners PRS Designed Tuners
Truss Rod Cover "PRS"
Hardware Type Gold
Treble Pickup PRS Designed SE HFS Treble
Bass Pickup PRS Designed SE Vintage Bass
Pickup Switching Volume and Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector


This is a nice import axe from PRS! The SE Mikael Akerfeldt is the new signature model from the main writer of the versatile Swedish band Opeth. Akerfeldt is the primary rhythm guitarist, and does his fair share of wicked lead work, as well as having many rich clean finger-picked passages, so this guitar was designed to do any and all of those things - usually in the same song! The fretwork was nice, and the neck felt fantastic in my hands. I like the 24 fret single cutaway design! The tremolo is very smooth like the USA models, and I'm so glad to see the bird inlays on an import model. The finish is a nice rich brown/red, and the guitar has the big O logo from the band - that was the one feature I could do without.


As previously stated, this is a highly versatile tone machine. The pickups can do death metal with ease, but also 70s prog solos, and folky Nick Drake fingerstyle tones. Opeth is one of the most diverse bands out there, with influences all over the map, so this axe can do jazz, fusion, rock, blues - anything!


All in all, this is a great guitar. The one thing I could do without was the big gothic O logo on the face of the guitar. It seems like so many metal bands' import signature guitar has some sort of readily identifiable at distance band logo plastered onto it, and I'm not a fan of the idea - it just seems tacky to me. Other than that, this guitar rules! I'm really looking forward to trying the Fredrik Akesson model - he is the lead guitarist of Opeth, and if it's as good as this one, then PRS will have two big winners onhand!