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PRS SE Paul Allender Guitar in Scarlet Red Burst

This SE Signature Model is designed with Cradle of Filth guitarist, Paul Allender, in mind. Built to be played raw, the SE Paul Allender has a Mahogany Body, premium ebony fretboard and is fitted with EMG 81/89 pickups. The PRS designed tremolo lets you rock hard, and unique Paul Allender bat inlays complete the awesome look of this burst-finish guitar.

Here's what SE say about the Paul Allender Signature Model

"More metal than your gran's left hip." - Paul Allender

Paul Allender, lead guitarist of Cradle of Filth, is no stranger to the PRS SE Signature lineup. Paul started playing PRS when he left Cradle of Filth and started the band The Blood Devine. He purchased a secondhand CE24 and used it exclusively throughout the band's days and brought it with him when he rejoined Cradle of Filth in 2000. He then sent a design of his own to PRS featuring a purple and black sunburst on a curly maple top and replacing PRS's traditional bird inlays with bats.

PRS built this guitar for Allender through the Private Stock department, which eventually influenced his original SE model released in 2007. The original SE Paul Allender Model is updated here with the addition of a Scarlet Red color option, nickel hardware, an ebony fretboard, and EMG pickups.

BODY

  • Back Wood: Mahogany
  • Top Wood: Flamed Maple Veneer

NECK

  • Number of Frets: 24
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
  • Frets: Jumbo
  • Neck Shape: Wide Thin
  • Inlays: Paul Allender Bat Inlays

HARDWARE

  • Bridge: PRS Designed Tremolo
  • Tuners: PRS Designed Tuners
  • Hardware Type: Gold
  • Treble Pickup: EMG 89
  • Bass Pickup: EMG 81TW
  • Pickup Switching: Volume and tone control with 3-way toggle pickup selector

    Mr. Wen Ng | Purchase date: 24 November 2010
    Rating

    I bought this guitar as a first foray into the world of active pickups, and have been very pleased with the results. For the features, the price is very reasonable. The body is well balanced, and the neck is superb. It has a thicker neck than my ibanez js1200, which is way more expensive, but this neck feels very comfortable, and the access to the upper frets is excellent. The sound is full and thick. Very good bottom end.

    I think the slightly chunkier neck also contributes to the darker tone. All in all, very pleased. Would recommend this to those who wants a mid level active pickup guitar, as opposed to cheaper ones with active pickups such as a washburn x200 etc.

    Julian Alcock | Purchase date: 28 May 2010
    Rating

    Update on PRS SE Paul Allender review.

    Andertons sent a replacement guitar - they phoned me to offer it, I did not ask for it!!!

    The replacement arrived with perfect set-up. Excellent customer service. Would recommend Andertons to anyone - excellent.

    Mr J H Alcock | Purchase date: 30 April 2010
    Rating

    The PSE SE Paul Allender is a fantastic guitar with smooth ebony fingerboard, EMG pickups with humbucking and single coil mode (3 coils not coil tapped) and a gorgeous clean and distorted sound. It has a singing sustain and beautiful tone whatever style you choose to play. Rounded edges and body contouring makes this standout from the normal SE range making it play and feel like a more expensive guitar.

    Good points: EMG dual mode pickups; ebony fingerboard; bat inlays; subtle flamed finish; body has been rounded on the edges and contoured on the forearm and back; sounds good clean and distorted.

    Bad points: action when I picked it up was very high, I had to adjust the truss rod and bridge to correct this, now plays very well; cheap gig bag.

    Summary: lovely looking, sounding and playing guitar, poor action was a shame as the guitar deserved a better setup out of the box.

    I would recommend this guitar to anyone, try it, you will be surprised how versatile it is, but if you don't feel confident to adjust your guitars check the action and get the shop to rectify it before you buy.

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