PRS SE Kingfisher Bass
PRS unveils the SE Kingfisher bass guitar, a dual humbucker double-cutaway 4-string bass with swamp ash body.
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This new bass is designed at the company's Maryland shop, carrying unmistakably PRS characteristics that include the headstock and body shape and attention to detail.
The SE Kingfisher is described as a huge-sounding instrument with tones that lean toward old-school. Inside its modern sleek appearance is an old soul with big "clanky" tones found normally on older bass designs.
The PRS SE Kingfisher has a Swamp Ash dual cutaway body that features PRS style carved edges designed to make the instrument feel comfortable for players old and new. It has a 34" scale length and features neck through construction for improved sustain.
The 5-ply maple with walnut neck is topped by a rosewood fretboard. Familiar PRS bird inlays will guide your left hand along the neck. Nut wifth is 1.591" while fretboard radius is 7.5".
PRS created special proprietary pickups for this bass, called the SE 4B ‘H’ Treble and Bass. These are described as "deep, thick-sounding humbuckers with plenty of top end clarity and punch". The pickups are wired to a three knob setup that lets you control the volume of each humbucker and the master tone setting.
The official description adds, "The sparkling highs and the Kingfisher’s high midrange growl allow the bass to cut through the mix while holding down the band with its sweet warm fundamental tone. The SE Kingfisher bass will be offered in a variety of finishes, including Natural, Scarlet Red, and Tortoise Shell."
Check out the official video demo of the PRS SE Kingfisher Bass:
The Hipshot HB6 tuners and Hipshot Transtone bridge keeps the strings tuned and in place. This modern bridge design will let you setup your bass strings through the bridge or through the body as you prefer.
The SE Kingfisher is just one of two new SE bass guitars. PRS Guitars National Sales Manager Jim Cullen, who happened to be a bassist, talks about his part in designing the two new SE series bass guitars. He says:
"I have been a gigging bass player for 23 years and working at PRS for 17, so I have been not only highly involved but personally engaged in the design and prototyping process of these basses from the beginning. Working with Doug Shive, our SE Project Manager, Paul Smith, and the rest of the team here has been a rewarding, collaborative process. I am truly proud to not only sell the SE basses but am inspired to play them for many years to come. They really are wonderful instruments."
The PRS SE Kingfisher is currently available for pre-order for $799. For more information on the SE Kingfisher, head over to PRS Guitars.
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