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An affordable signature model that's made for drop-tuning.
The PRS SE Clint Lowery Electric Guitar is an exciting model that's built to withstand the rigors of drop-tuning and heavy gauge strings. It features a comfortable mahogany body and a wide fate neck with elegant white binding and Clint Lowerey signature inlays. Electronics include a PRS HFS treble pickup and SE vintage bass pickup wired to a volume control, push/pull tone control and a 3-way switch. This is a solid guitar that looks great and can handle your needs.
As Clint Lowery says:
"Since Sevendust started we tried to approach heavy music in a different way. When I first joined the band we began trying drop C-sharp tuning and thought of that as a ‘low’ tuning. Out of curiosity we decided to drop it to a drop B and alter the standard configuration altogether. The thinking was to basically force ourselves to write different. The sound of the drop B immediately gave a menacing sound to riff. The thing I love about PRS Guitars is that, because of the quality, they automatically hold the tunings better than a lesser brand. For someone looking for an instrument that can sustain lower tunings - this is the one for you."
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Comments about PRS SE Clint Lowery Electric Guitar:
I'm not even sure where to start...
I've tried a few guitars over the years with lowered tunings and there's always a point where the intonation takes a dump and strings get all flappy and dull - yeah I can fix the intonation and neck and all that, and I've been using .11-.52s on almost all of my electrics for years (because I am a glutton for punishment, I guess)... but why? Lowery took all this kind of stuff into consideration when he put this guitar together with PRS... after all, he's been doing it for a long time.
The 25 1/2" "Fender" scale neck is a blessing to the lower tunings
(currently have mine tuned A#-F-A#-D#-G#-A#/C/C#, depending)
The amount of sustain on this guitar is incredibly good. I have a PRS singlecut as well and I thought that guitar had crazy sustain... even at low knob volumes, this guitar really sings.
Nice beefy, playable neck. Great fretboard. Very responsive tuners, a lot like the old-school locking tuners (without the locks).
It's very well-made, solid as a rock. You hear people kind of enjoy giving guitars made outside the US the business, but you can't knock this guitar for that. There was a lot of care put into these guitars (my guess is they're certainly not as mass-produced as, say, an Ibanez Roadstar... so you get a chance to give the process a little better attention). The overwhelming word here, though, is "solid." When you've got it on, you feel like you're holding a very solid, responsive instrument.
The pickups are pretty nice, too. Yeah, you could probably swap in something else... but you certainly don't have to on this'n. The neck pickup is smooth as silk and the bridge pickup really does a good job keeping the tone of the lower strings punchy, which can be hard to do, sometimes (see some of the Ibanez 7-string models).
The push-pull coil tap is a very sweet touch, and was the icing on the cake, to me. The tones you can get on the clean side of it with the coil tap are... well, masterful. You can *almost* get an acoustic sound out of it... almost lol. Really, though, with just a couple minutes of experimentation, you can get a clean tone out of this thing that will give ya chills. I seriously had to do a doubletake to make sure it didn't have a piezo bridge on it. It's that good if you dial it in right.
Which brings me to the bridge... a nice adjustable bridge compared to a lot of the "wraparound" style bridges... tilted just right to accomodate the tunings.
The only change I can see maybe making to it is a synthetic ivory nut. The nut on it is fine and all, but it looks like it's plastic - just something I don't want to see become an issue, later on.
The only "con" I had with the guitar was that it came set up just a tiny bit high for my tastes (so it really can't be counted as a "con")... especially with the bigger string guage (ships with .11-.56s on it) Nothing about ten minutes worth of work didn't fix right up, though.
To sum it up, if you play this style of music (and for a lot of reasons, even if you don't), you need a guitar like this. 7-strings are a bit clunky, to me. Yeah, I have one, but I would use this guitar any day over a 7-string. Even if you're not all super into the heavy, Sevendust-type stuff, this guitar is very versatile and could be a welcome addition to a lot of collections out there.