PRS is teasing a new SE semi-hollow model with a piezo pickup on YouTube. The new Hollowbody II Piezo model looks to combine the best of both worlds.
PRS SE tease
In the YouTube video dropped today online and titled “The Best Of Both Worlds – Coming Soon”, we can see a twin humbucker hardtail design, with what sounds like a piezo pickup system in the intro. It turns out that it’s the company’s new Hollowbody II Piezo model, which has now been updated on the main PRS site.
The guitar has a flame maple veneer applied to a maple top and back, with a mahogany middle section body, and a 25″ scale length with a wide fat mahogany neck and ebony fretboard. Hardware includes a PRS Adjustable Stoptail Piezo and PRS tuners.
Best of both worlds?
Well, it uses the new LR Baggs/PRS Piezo system and combines it with a pair of PRS 58/15 “S” humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions, which is a good start for nice tone. You also have a choice of a regular output or the “Mix/Piezo” output for when you want to use both pickup systems at once and blend them using the onboard controls. If you use the separate outputs instead, then one side is magnetic humbuckers, the other the piezo. Having these two output options is a nice touch I feel, and makes it a pretty versatile guitar.
The model is available in two finishes: Black Gold Burst and Peacock Blue Burst.
What do you think? Is this really the best of both worlds as the YouTube video claims? I think the guitar will appeal to a wide range of musicians, and hopefully at a great price point, as it is an SE model.
RRP – TBC