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PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar Tortoise Shell  (Used)

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Spec'd by the Opeth frontman.

The PRS SE Mikael Åkerfeldt is a guitar with features designed by the player and developed with PRS. Here's what Mikael says about his signature guitar:

"It will be single cutaway mahogany body with a flamed maple top. The neck will be of the wide-fat type and made of 3-piece maple that also goes around to the front of the headstock. Sweet! Ebony fretboard and 24 jumbo frets with extra large side dots for the 5th and 12th fret (I have fluorescent tape on my other guitars so I can sing and still see where I'm at while playing, this will look better!)."

"There will be the old-style PRS bird inlays on the fretboard. One HFS and one Vintage bass pickup thrown in with a 3-way toggle switch. PRS-style tremolo and all the hardware all will be gold (Bling! Well... It's fool's gold or something, but whatever...). The main finish is called 'tortoise shell'. The whole guitar will be high-glossed up apart from the back of the neck which I've requested to be satin matt, which is so much better for me at least."

"There will be a nice little Opeth "O" logo under the bridge as well. Comes with a gig bag. I think I might spend the LA nights with it... yes.. kinky! I think it looks stunning, oh yes I do!"

Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician who served as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for progressive death-metal band Opeth. He has also been serving as the lead vocalist of death-metal band Bloodbath. Includes gig bag.

Features

  • Extra-thick single cutaway mahogany body
  • Maple top with flamed maple veneer
  • Maple neck with 24 fret ebony fingerboard
  • Original PRS bird inlays
  • PRS designed tremolo & non-locking tuners
  • Gold hardware
  • PRS HFS & Vintage bass humbucking pickups
  • Volume & tone control with 3-way toggle switch
  • "Opeth" logo on top
  • PRS gig bag

Hear what Mikael hears when you play. Order today.

 
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PRSSE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 22 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good pick up (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Small venues (5)
    • Recording (4)
    • Rock concerts (3)
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      • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I've gigged with it and it's good

    By Blues 90

    from Jackson, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bar gigs
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar:

      I picked one up used (like NEW)a couple of years ago right at this time of year, because I wanted to know what it was like to play a PRS, and the price was right. I thought it sounded a little like a Carvin, i.e. kind of glassy clean and Fender-y, but then I ran it through a distortion pedal and it really came to life. The thick neck makes me feel like I'm playing one of Phil Lesh's 6-string basses (I have small hands) but it's still pretty easy to play, and it has VERY heavy Zack Wylde-type strings on it which I have not replaced yet.

      I have played several bar-band jams with it in up-country Northern California, and it sounds very good, and looks good. The logo looks cool, I have no idea who Opeth is, and it doesn't really matter to me. The controls work with no noise or issues, and for a two-knob axe, it works just fine. It does not have the fatter HB sound like the DeArmond M-65 I often take along with it, but it has a very smooth response, and no shrill or spiky places in the upper register. Other than the neck, the color, look, playability and tone are very easy to like, and it fits in well with the other gutarist's modern-type Strat. It's a good guitar, I like it, and I play out with it, with no issues. I run it through a Crate MX-65R with the Crate extension Celestion cab, usually, sometimes through an Egnater Tweaker 88 and a Marshall 1936 cab.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar

      By rock_ lord

      from DeBary, Florida

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is a great guitar. although when you get this guitar MAKE SURE you get it set up. when I got this guitar the truss rod was bowed backwards making the first 2 frets almost unplayable. the trem is absolutely amazing and stays in tune after some minor adjustments to nut speaking of the nut hers the issue I had. this guitar comes with .009 - .042 strings and if you expect to put 10s or 11s (I use d addario exl 110) either super lube the nut or file it or your string will catch to the nut and not stay in tune. once you get this guitar set up this is a true dream to play. when your gigging just try to ignore the O or put your band logo sticker on it that's what I did this is an amazing piece of work by prs... and the pickups are absoulutley amazing they sound kinda like dragon pickups the bridge pickup is more for distortion and the neck for clean and you can get a nice crunch tone on the bridge pickup when on the clean preset.
        Overall this is a great guitar

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar - Top quality feel to it

        By CheeseGrater

        from Virginia

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        Pros

        • Amazing Fretboard
        • Beautiful Fit And Finish
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Could Do Without The Logo

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar:

        I've had my eye on this guitar for a few years. It was on sale last week and i finally pulled the trigger. I'm amazed at the look and feel of this guitar in this price range. I could not find a flaw on my example, and the tortoise shell finish with gold hardware looks classy as hell. By the way , there are two available models, one more a wine color, while this is the brown wood grain. The Ebony and Jumbo frets make for an amazing fretboard. The neck is wide all the way down the neck to the low frets, and rather fat, which is great for me as i'm a large guy. The Bridge pickup is on the trebly side, but sounds clear and articulate still. I had to EQ my amp vs my usual Dactivators. The Neck pickup produces some amazing cleans. nice and fat, with some bell likeness as well. One thing about these PRS (and SE) guitars is they intonate better than any other guitars i've played, made in USA or Taiwan. Minor 7th Bar chords at the 15th fret? They'll be in tune and sound great. It almost seems like snake oil, but it certainly screams quality. There's nothing about this guitar that is lacking. I would prefer a fixed bridge, but a block in the trem took care of that. The guitar also balances nicely as well. I could do without the Opeth logo, even as a fan, but it is subtle enough to where most onlookers would think it's just tribal art or something, and it does look quite good with the gold. For the money, i'm not sure you could do better. In fact, i've returned 2 USA guitars this year costing more which could not offer the craftmanship and features of this guitar. Very satisfied

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        High Quality PRS SE Guitar!

        By Len DeLoma

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar:

          Just received this beauty from MF! I was in the market for a budget line PRS for hot sunny day outdoor performances, teaching lessons, playing classic rock tunes on my neighbors' porches, etc. Right out of the box this guitar played and sounded incredible. The features were the selling point, along with the fact that I have a very special tortoise shell cat. The satin neck is comfortable and the ebony fingerboard is smooth. Frets feel great; no jagged issues whatsoever. The pickups, tremolo, and overall appearance are excellent as well. The machine heads work fine for me. I also own a PRS Al DiMeola Prism, PRS Santana (USA), PRS P24, and PRS Hollowbody 1. This guitar exceeded my expectations, and is a welcomed new addition to my PRS collection. It will be great for certain outdoor gigs, especially in hot, humid weather, as the satin neck will relieve potential stickiness. I ran this guitar through my PRS Sweet 16 combo amp, with and without pedals, and it delivered superb tone. I will have no hesitations about taking this out on a gig. Very pleased with the purchase and the folks at MF!

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Don't be fooled by the "O"

          By Jerkowitz

          from St. Louis, Mo

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar:

            I currently own about 70 guitars including 6 other PRS's, 4 SE's and two American made. Been playing guitar over 40 years, do tech work ect. I wasn't too impressed with the Akerfedlt Sig at first glance but after looking at the specs and reading reviews the idea of owning one started growing on me. To make a short story long I bought one online. Normally I wouldn't buy a guitar without playing it first but PRS quality makes an unseen purchase more assuring. In person the guitar is very striking. I'm not an Opeth fan so the "O" looks like a sign of extra character. The faux binding is attractive. Along with the old school birds, nice flame with matching head-stock, ebony fret-board, and gold hardware, adds to the uniqueness. Also noteworthy is the maple neck, this adds sturdiness and a bit of snap to the sound, plus with 24 jumbo frets that sound true all the way up the neck. I thought I would get lost with all that upper fret access but really isn't a problem. The back of the neck has a satin feel which is nice, you could really have done this yourself with some fine steel wool. This guitar has a very professional feel to it, the electronics are good enough, pickups sound fine, no problem getting a pretty good vintage sound using the tone and volume. I set my amp with the guitar's volume at around 7 and tone around 5 to get the sound I want plus some headroom and this guitar works well for that. The sign of a good guitar is not being distracted by it's shortcomings and this is one that lets you enjoy what you're playing.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Guitar

            By J. Harrison B.

            from Davis, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great guitar
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar:

              Great neck, I love the feel and sound.

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              (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good Value Guitar

              By More Bass

              from NorCal

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Quality Instrument

              Cons

              • DO NOT like neck shape

              Best Uses

                Comments about PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar:

                Was a real good instrument for the price, I just didn't care for the neck shape at all. Call me picky but, it felt like a 2x4 to me, so I returned it.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awsome

                By josh king

                from Houston

                Comments about PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar:

                Let me start off by saying that any negative feedback given on this guitar is giving such an injustice to PRS. Yes this guitar is not your American made PRS, but with what you get for the price it is unbeatable. I have been playing for about 14 years, and I have owned all kinds of guitars, from Fender, Ibanezes, Peaveys, Gibsons, Parker, etc all theses guiatrs ranging from $700 and up to $1800. For this guitar being my first PRS all though SE, it holds its weight 10 fold. Little neck adjustments needed to be made right out of the box as well as levels being rasied and lowered on the pickups, other than that awsome. The sound for stock pu are refreshingly crisp and clean; full of tone if you know how to adjust your pu correctly. I've owned this guitar for over 8 months now and still love it, about to check out the Paul Allender SE and see what it can do. My advice dont listen to the crap about this guitar yes the "O" is a little cheesey I'll give it that, but the dark rich color of the brown is enough to careless about the O. Gold hardware still holding strong no fades and bridge and trem are out of the box quality still.So instead of breaking your bank trying to get that Gibson or American Fender, save some money and gain better sound and quality. BUY IT.

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                (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Almost Great.

                By Justin Driscoll

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar:

                The Mikael Akerfeldt PRS SE signature guitar is a wonderful but strange instrument. That is also how I would characterize a lot of Opeths music, so its a fitting parable. Ive played with it since May of 2011 and have had a positive experience despite some hiccups.

                The color is described as tortoise shell but it definitely has a burgundy and brown feel. With the gold hardware it has a classy look. The neck is smooth and has a satin finish making it extremely fast to play. The fret board is real ebony and not a look-alike. It is also refreshing to see the signature PRS bird inlays that arent normally on the more affordable SE models. The Opeth O symbol is a bit tacky and you'll certainly have to explain to people who don't know what it is; though it does match the overall look of the guitar.

                It has two humbucking pickups; a PRS designed Bass in the neck and the PRS designed Treble in the bridge. The Treble does not have a particular bite to it and I found that it couldnt make pinch harmonics scream like I could on something like a Duncan JB. It does have a nice classic rock crunch to it. Metal tones are hard to obtain, even when I tried it using a Boss Metal Zone and a Blackstar DistX. The Bass pickup, on the other hand, was very versatile and I was able to get good jazz and blues tones from it. I even preferred it for warm, singing solos. If you're looking for a Mikael Akerfeldt and Opeth tone I would recommend switching out the bridge pickup to something a little hotter. I do believe that Mikael Akerfeldt uses older PRS models with the excellent Dragon-II pickups. I did feel a bit hamstrung with only one volume and one tone control.

                As I stated earlier the guitar has a classy look with its gold colored hardware, but overall it feels cheap and affects the quality. The tremolo is quite solid for being non-locking. The instrument goes out of tune quite frequently and I found myself having to do quick adjustments after each full song performed. Finally, after about five months of ownership the tremolo started humming any time many notes were struck. I took all the strings off and found that several of the saddles were loose and some of the other fittings on the tremolo could have been tightened up. I haven't had a noise issue since.

                This is a great guitar for blues, rock, or that melancholy style that Opeth is known for. It may fall short in terms of crushing metal tones, but it has a characteristic all its own. It reminds me of a much better looking Epiphone Les Paul Standard. If youre an Opeth fan or you just want a great PRS branded budget model this is a great choice. I was lucky enough to compare this model against 3 American PRS models ('58 Singlecut, Custom 22, Santana). I feel that if this guitar had better hardware and better electronics the difference between them would be almost unnoticeable

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                (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Exactly what reviewer Ron McDonald described!

                By Adam Taylor

                from Mount Vernon, OH

                Comments about PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt Electric Guitar:

                I am the lead guitarist that Ron McDonald references in his review of this amazing instrument. Ron brought me this guitar to try during a sound check. I am quite partial to my Les Paul Custom and my SG, so I was hesitant about playing someone else's guitar. But I decided there was no harm in cruising it during a sound check.

                I was struck by the quality and feel of this guitar - namely the color, character and depth of tone. The pickups are warm, colorful, soulful and smooth like a Burstbucker or PAF. They are NOT harsh, shrill metallic garbage. They churn out fat tone with a TON of character. And this guitar LOVES tube amps. With every notch dialed back, the signal cleans up nicely. You can go from clean, to a really glassy Eric Johnson-like tone, to all out mayhem just by rolling the volume.

                The neck is absolutely the finest neck to solo on that I have ever laid hands upon. I have owned and continue to own various Gibson USA guitars, Fenders and other noteworthy instruments. This guitar stands with any Les Paul Standard I've ever touched. The frets are jumbo, the neck is smooth as silk, fret edges perfectly dressed and you can access the upper register like it's nothing. I can't say enough. I couldn't put this guitar down. I practically begged our bass player to trade me for my Gibson SG, realizing it cost several hundred dollars more, but I was in love. Instead I sold the SG and added one of these to my arsenal.

                This is one high-quality axe. Think this is just some heavy metal shred machine with no character? Think again. It encompasses everything great about vintage instruments wtih modern edge to push it over the top. This is my new favorite guitar.

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