The PRS 2018 SE Mark Holcomb Signature Electric Guitar in Holcomb Burst delivers a superb model at an astonishingly affordable price. The collaboration between PRS and Holcomb goes from strength to strength, and the 2018 SE is kitted out with a range of features that make it ideal for players from bedroom enthusiasts to touring professionals. Holcomb himself has cited the SE model as being more than worthy enough to hold its own in the studio and on the stage.
With my SE signature model, we managed to capture all the defining characteristics of my Maryland-made guitar and turn it into a streamlined, less-costly package. It is an incredibly special instrument, and one that is now the primary focus of my rig in the studio and onstage- Mark Holcomb, Periphery
Comfortable body profile
The 2018 SE Mark Holcomb is shaped to an ever-so-comfortable double-cutaway body profile, which affords ready access to the highest frets. The slender body depth combines well with the gently bevelled edges to establish a figure-hugging feel, as well as a comfortable resting position for the picking arm.
The body is built using a solid mahogany back, which creates a generous mid-range to low-end tonal foundation. Paired with this is a maple top, which gives the upper-mids and highs a boost to guarantee a well-rounded tonal output. Complete with a quilted maple veneer, the unique Holcomb Burst paint work gives the guitar a sublime finish.
Fast playing feel
Fitted to the body is a solid maple neck, which extends along a generous 25.5-inch scale length to improve resonance and improve playing comfort. Treated to a satin finish, your fretting hand can glide along with ease, free from unwanted stickiness or tackiness from impeding your movement. The wide-thin profile rewards fearless player and everything from extended chords to elaborate two-hand tapping can be executed with the greatest of ease.
Married to the neck is a luxurious 24-fret ebony fingerboard, which is decorated with PRS' Bird inlay pattern to guide your way. White fingerboard binding allows your fingers to transition seamlessly between frets, with a flatter 20-inch radius for increased comfort.
Signature Holcomb pickups
The PRS 2018 SE Mark Holcomb Signature wouldn't be the same without the inclusion of his Seymour Duncan "Alpha" and "Omega" humbuckers, fitted in the bridge and neck positions respectively. The Alpha is voiced to combine the coveted qualities of glassy highs with an articulate pick response. The Omega is designed to translate Holcomb's percussive playing style with maximum aggression without losing any clarity and brightness.
Control over the pickups comes in the form of a master volume pot, as well as a tone control with push/pull coil-splitting capabilities to extend your tone-shaping possibilities even further.
With an extensive touring schedule to contend with, Holcomb needed a guitar that could easily cope with life on the road. The PRS 2018 SE Mark Holcomb Signature is equipped with select hardware to make it a reliable workhorse. Fitted to the body is a plate-style (string-through) bridge, which is perfect for anchoring your hand to perform chunky palm-muting. Each string is fixed securely to optimise intonation and sustain. The headstock is home to PRS-designed tuning machines uphold tuning integrity with dutiful precision to keep you locked in and ready for action. The guitar is setup and shipped from the factory in Drop C tuning (CGCFAD).
Manufacturer PRS Model 2018 SE Mark Holcomb Signature Electric Guitar Top Material Bevelled Maple Top with Quilted Maple Veneer Back Material Mahogany Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Ebony Bridge PRS Designed Plate-Style (String-Through) Neck Profile Wide Thin No. of Frets 24 Position Inlays Birds Tuners PRS Designed Pickups Neck: Mark Holcomb Signature Seymour Duncan “Omega” Bridge: Mark Holcomb Signature Seymour Duncan “Alpha” Pickup Configuration HH Active/Passive Passive Pickup Switching 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup Controls Master Volume
Master Tone with Push/Pull Coil-Split
3-Way Pickup Switch
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