Boy, PRS have been busy! Hot on the heels of the announcement of the new high gain ARCHON amp, I got this press release in my inbox this morning:
PRS Unveils Revered Metal Guitarist Marty Friedman Signature Model
(STEVENSVILLE, MD) December 18, 2013 – Paul Reed Smith Guitars is proud to welcome Marty Friedman – one of the most celebrated lead guitarists of thrash metal – to the PRS family of SE signature artists. Known worldwide for his groundbreaking work with Megadeth and Cacophony, Friedman’s career to date includes 27 gold and platinum records and 5 Grammy awards. His new SE signature model, a black singlecut with star inlays personally chosen by Friedman, is also a force to be reckoned with.
The SE Marty Friedman features a beveled maple top with mahogany back, a 25” scale length wide fat 22 fret mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard and star inlays, PRS-designed SE locking tuners and PRS’s adjustable stoptail bridge. SE humbucking treble and bass pickups with volume and tone for each pickup with a 3-way toggle switch on the upper bout gives players ultimate versatility and control.
“The PRS Marty Friedman signature model was developed over the course of recording ‘Inferno’ – my most ‘guitar demanding’ album yet. Its sound is all over that record. PRS has finally created my ultimate go-to guitar,” said Friedman.
The introduction of the SE Marty Friedman comes months before the set release of Friedman’s studio album “Inferno,” which features what Friedman told Guitar World is, “the most intense writing and playing I can do.” Just as he changed the game of metal and guitar with his revered solo debut “Dragon’s Kiss,” Friedman’s new SE signature model will raise the bar for a new generation of players.
Stylistically, it’s just a “port” of Marty’s Ibanez SZ signature, just in PRS Singlecut shape.
The question for me is – why only an SE model??? Surely the founding member of Cacophony and huge part of the classic Megadeth line-up deserves better? What do you think?