The SE Kestrel is a J-style instrument with proprietary PRS single-coil pickups and other Jazz Bass aesthetic touches, while the SE Kingfisher has a 24-fret neck and passive MM-style humbuckers with massive polepieces. Street $750 My only hesitation is the use of the Hipshot Ultralite HB6 tuner keys, as I wonder how well this part functionally ages with heavy use and lots of wear and tear, how well it holds up with much heavier gauged strings, or how it would react in different weather conditions. ... PRS, You know it’s going to be quality! From bottom to top, the Kingfisher’s neck has room for three octaves and change, and I found that access to the highest playing positions was gratifyingly easy. Body Swamp ash It features premium tonewoods and electronics to create an extremely versatile and playable bass for an outstanding price. The only problem is that no one near me stocks it for me to try out. The Kestrel arrived with the strings set up with a slightly exaggerated arc that placed the E and G strings closer to the pickups, resulting in noticeably hotter output than the middle two strings. The SE Kestrel bass is the latest bass designed and built by the legendary PRS Guitars. Both are named for birds known for swooping down on their prey. Like the Kingfisher, the SE Kestrel balanced well seated or strapped. Scale length 34" PRS Kestrel SE Bass. Both Kestrel and Kingfisher offer a variety of colorful tone plumage for rockin’ in the treetops or diving into the deep. The other obvious PRS calling card is the headstock’s whimsically skewed 2+2 shape, but I was a bit disappointed that the headstock face says “SE” instead of “PRS.” I guess I’m not as immune to brand consciousness as I like to think. One of my favorite design choices is the addition of the Hipshot TransTone bridge, an advancement over the old BAII design, that allows for strings through the bridge or the body and changeable inserts that can add further controls over intonation, string height, and actual string spacing adjustment possibilities with no need to slot it yourself. Receive news and offers from our other brands? A pair of solid solidbodies - one sexy J-style groove machine and a classic spank plank. It’s a sensibility captured in the array of distinctive bird shapes in PRS Guitars’ distinctive fingerboard inlays. 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Both pickups full-up produced a big slapping sound, but I liked the thick G-string pops that came from rolling back the bridge pickup halfway. Pickups Two 4B “S” proprietary single-coils BA1 1UA. While sometimes single-coil pickups can be more sensitive to ambient sound, PRS seems to have taken the time and effort to effectively eliminate any humming or buzzing potential. The Kestrel’s particularly petite control cavity is reflected in the knob’s tight spacing. Through our test Kingfisher’s luscious translucent mahogany “Tortoise Shell” stain, I could clearly see all five neck laminates sandwiched between the wide grain of the swamp-ash body wings. The Hipshot Transtone bridge on both instruments allows for throughbody or through-bridge stringing. Playing back by the bridge with the front pickup soloed served up lean beef—fat and juicy, but still pretty good for you—while moving my plucking hand toward the neck pickup and beyond brought forth a bigger, rounder sound that stayed punchy and coherent, even with the tone knob down. Back in issue 25 we featured the absolutely superb Gary Grainger model four-string and also interviewed Rhonda Smith, who uses the model. And although the Kestrel and Kingfisher are the first SE basses, for the last 15 years or so, there has always been a bass in the flagship line. The Kingfisher played beautifully, with a sonic and tactile evenness across the strings and throughout the neck. Please refresh the page and try again. While I’ve always generally played and been a huge fan of humbucker pickups, I’ve recently been delving into finding a place for single-coil pickups in my repertoire. PRS SE Kestrel Bass Guitar Review. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices. Product Review: Paul Reed Smith SE Kestrel Bass. Learn how your comment data is processed. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Though the Maryland-based manufacturer is best known for high-end single- and double-cutaway guitars, the SE line has made PRS a serious mid-priced contender in the bass world. The two things I like best about this bass are its overall look and feel as well as the effortless well-rounded tone it gives right out of the box for the money. With the tone knob full up, the back pickup yielded a punchy growl that was somewhere between Geddy Lee’s grinding riffage and Jaco’s Jerry Jemmottinspired finger funk. Just take it bird by bird.”. Visit our corporate site. PRS SE Kestrel Bass Description: Dana Biagini demos the first of two basses from PRS Guitars' SE line, the SE Kestrel is instantly comfortable with ultra-punchy, clear, fat tone. Nut Black plastic By. Share on Facebook. Body Alder Bath Whether the tradeoff here works for you depends upon your playing style and taste. The SE Kestrel features an alder body with a 5-piece maple/walnut thru neck, a rosewood fretboard, passive single-coil pickups, hipshot hardware, and a 34” scale length Has anyone played a PRS Kestrel? ... PRS, You know it’s going to be quality! Construction Neck-through Thank you for signing up to Bass Player. Neck Five-piece maple and walnut laminate w/bird inlays and binding The latest is the refined, carved-top Gary Grainger Bass, whose ambitious design profile is evoked in the Kestrel and Kingfisher. The Kestrel 4B “S” type single-coil pickups are definitely punchy, brighter, crisper, and focused, with walkable mid-lows, harmonic building high-mids, sweeping top end potential for slappers, and scooped mid-range to rock out with. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. So, I decided to ask you guys if you've heard anything in an attempt to put my ears to the streets. Both cavities have tidy wiring and are well shielded with conductive paint and foil on the cavity covers, but both are quite compact, so don’t plan on any modifications that require real estate. A return for PRS to the Bassment with one of two new offerings in the SE line for bass guitarists. All rights reserved. The stately Kingfisher’s seductive see-through finish extends its glossy feel across the back of the body and up the neck. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Hardware Hipshot Transtone Bridge, Hipshot HB6 Shiny Nickel ⅜" Y-Key tuners The Kingfisher’s pots are wired through a cavity in the back, while the Kestrel’s volume-volume-tone controls sit in a top-routed control cavity wired to the pickguard. Its slim neck profile and 22-fret range felt like familiar J-Bass territory, and the trad-style binding and bird inlays looked sharp. The 34-inch scale/22-fret-length beautiful bird inlaid fretboard is plenty expansive enough to use this bass as a beginner bass, up to an everyday workhorse for the daily player. The neck-through construction was a nice additional feature I was not expecting on this price range of bass, giving the tone a good amount of natural sustain and reinforcing the feeling that this is a rock-solid bass under your fingers. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. I thoroughly enjoyed playing this bass, and it just looks good. PRS SE Kestrel Having these visual motifs in my peripheral view was a surprising source of inspiration and good vibes. With an approachable price point, it would fit well into one’s everyday choice workhorse basses or as a very viable beginner’s choice that could carry them through all the growing pains and triumphs. Neck width at 22nd fret 2.5" With the extra-long fingerboard as well as the extra-wide footprint of humbucking pickups, a balance needed to be struck between providing ample room for slap-and-pop techniques and positioning the pickups for adequate sonic versatility. Description: The first of two basses from PRS Guitars' SE line, the SE Kestrel will allow …