At the beginning of 2018, PRS presented a brand new signature electric guitar designed in cooperation with John Mayer. It looked pretty much like a Fender Stratocaster with some modifications including, of course, a PRS headstock. Bit given that not everyone can afford that, we thought PRS might do well to introduce a cheaper SE version. Now it turns out that the American company is at least considering it…
SE Silver Sky
This year we heard one rumour about an upcoming SE version of the Silver Sky. It turned out to be new colours of the core USA PRS Silver Sky.
The latest rumour is pretty thin in terms of any real substance (or proof), but it is out there now and so we figured we should comment. It consists of one interview with Jack Higginbotham, COO of PRS, posted on Music Radar. The question was raised about there being a possibility of a cheaper PRS Silver Sky SE:
“I like the way you did that: ‘When?’ Maybe you’d better turn off your voice recorder… “
Summer NAMM 2019
The Silver Sky SE is expected to be relatively similar visually – assuming it does actually appear. The woods and other specs are likely to be similar. But the manufacturing methods and end the price will be different. Usually, the SE versions stay below 1000 Euro. For a “Strat” from PRS this is certainly a good investment.
Good thing Fender does not have a Play Authentic program like Gibson, otherwise the model would surely be the subject of legal action. And an expensive collector’s item in the future…
Beat the fakes
For now there is nothing substantial to report, but if I was a betting man I would put a few quid on a PRS SE Silver Sky model being released sooner rather than later. Especially after seeing fake ones pop up all over the internet recently. It would make sense for PRS to make an affordable model soon, rather than lose money to cheap counterfeit models that might entice players with limited funds.