PRS SE Mark Holcomb in Holcomb Burst

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Jed Van Wyngaardt

Mark Holcomb has gone from relative obscurity to becoming one of the most respected guitarists in the world in just a few short years. After working on his own project Haunted Shores for years it wasn't until he joined metal superstars Periphery in 2011 that his playing and tone were recognised as some of the best around.

Before he had a USA Core PRS signature model but that was well out of the price range of most guitarists. Now this SE model is coming out providing incredible sounds with top notch hardware at a price that most guitarists will be able to afford.

Seymour Duncan Alpha & Omega Pickups

This is clearly the centrepiece of this guitar. These pickups were custom made for Holcomb's own limited run of USA PRS guitars and are now available on this SE model. The bridge pickup is designed to be bright with powerful mids and low end that help provide a percussive tone that works amazingly well with high speed, high gain playing that utilises a lot of staccato notes and muting.

The neck pickup was designed to have a bit lower output but still keep a lot of that glassy, percussive tone you normally only find in the bridge position. By doing this fretting hand phrasing and smaller nuances in your playing really come through nice and clear which is what you sometimes lose with a regular neck pickup.

Mark Holcomb Specs

This means a longer scale length and a change in some of the materials to suit a heavier styles and especially the percussive sound of djent. So the scale length is extended to 25.5" scale for tighter string tension, the fretboard radius is flattened to 20" and the usual Mahogany/Rosewood neck has been replaced with a slim Maple/Ebony neck for smoother action and less resistance.

Here's what PRS say about the SE Mark Holcomb

The band Periphery has become a force to be reckoned with in the progressive metal scene thanks to their complex rhythms and soaring melodies. Guitarist Mark Holcomb helps achieve this full, lethal sound with his PRS guitars and signature Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega pickups. PRS and Holcomb have worked closely together to develop a truly unique guitar for the SE Series lineup.

"With my SE signature model, we managed to capture all of 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 the primary focus of my rig in the studio and onstage." - Mark Holcomb, Periphery

The SE Mark Holcomb model truly stands on its own in the PRS lineup and delivers addictive playability thanks to some unique specifications, including a 24-fret, 25.5" scale length wide thin satin maple neck with 20" radius ebony fretboard. Holcomb's signature pickups provide the right amount of output and articulation whether you're playing sophisticated chords or solos and whether you're playing alone or working in the mix of a band. Other specifications include a quilted maple veneer, black chrome hardware, and a 3-way blade pickup switch with push/pull tone knob for coil splitting.


  • Beveled maple top with quilted maple veneer
  • mahogany back
  • 24-fret
  • 25.5" scale length 3-peice maple neck with satin finish
  • Bird inlays
  • PRS-designed tuners
  • Plate style bridge
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