PRS SE Kestrel Bass - Tri-Color Sunburst

4-string Electric Bass with Alder Body, Maple/Walnut Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Single-Coil Pickups - Tri-Color Sunburst
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A Sweet Bass Guitar from PRS

At Sweetwater, we were blown away by the PRS SE Kestrel bass guitar's look, feel, and tone when we first saw it. Then again, whenever it says "PRS" on the headstock, you know you're in for something special. This SE Kestrel's alder body resonates just right, producing a round, punchy sound that you'll love. Of course, you can roll back the tone knob to pull out this SE Kestrel's slightly pronounced upper midrange, milking excellent R&B tones out of PRS-designed single-coil pickups. Your fingers will feel instantly comfortable on this SE Kestrel's five-ply maple and walnut neck, while it vibrates with endless sustain. You'll be positively thrilled by this PRS SE Kestrel bass guitar!

PRS SE Kestrel 4-string Electric Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Alder body provides a balanced tone with just enough bite
  • Maple and walnut neck enhances tonal balance
  • PRS quality in every guitar
Alder body provides a balanced tone with just enough bite

With its extremely balanced tone, alder is an oft-chosen tonewood for the electric bass guitar. Alder balances low, mid, and high frequencies with a highly resonant thump and sustain. Alder also provides a slightly pronounced upper midrange, enhancing the instrument's clarity. Neither too dark, nor too bright, you'll love the balanced tone of this popular tonewood.

Maple and walnut neck enhances tonal balance

Although composed primarily of maple, this PRS SE Kestrel's five-ply neck also benefits from the addition of maple, which further enhances this bass guitar's tonal balance, while providing additional strength and an enhanced appearance. This bass guitar's neck-through design allows trouble-free access to its entire fingerboard, in addition to providing everlasting, awe-inspiring sustain.

PRS quality in every guitar

All PRS guitars and basses are designed for top-notch performance, right out of the case, and this SE Kestrel bass guitar is no exception. Constructed from top-notch tonewoods and components, PRS instruments carry on a commitment to quality that's been the brand's hallmark since 1985, when Paul Reed Smith himself started hand-building guitars for some of the most elite players in the world.

PRS SE Kestrel 4-string Electric Bass Guitar Features:
  • Alder body delivers a balanced, yet articulate tone
  • Maple and walnut neck further enhances balanced tone
  • Neck-through design provides everlasting, awe-inspiring sustain
  • Hipshot bridge and tailpiece with thru-body stringing for improved sustain and timbre
  • PRS-designed single coil pickups deliver a round, punchy tone
Get premium PRS quality in an electric bass guitar with this PRS SE Kestrel!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape SE Kestrel
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Tri-Color Sunburst
Body Material Alder
Neck Material Maple/Walnut, Neck Through
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Birds
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 34"
Bridge/Tailpiece Hipshot Bridge
Tuners Hipshot Tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup PRS Single-coil
Bridge Pickup PRS Single-coil
Controls 2 x volume, 1 x tone
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number KE4TC

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Neck-thru-Body + Strings-thru-Body = Cosmic Perfection

I don't know about you, but for me, a neck-thru bass eides at or near the top of any list. The same goes for strings-thru-body. Both features provide maximum sustain. Unfortunately, it's rare to encounter both in the same instrument, but the Kestrel delivers in spades. The old joke about "strike a note and I'll be back after lunch" truly applies here. Add an ultra-slim, bound neck and a pair of excellent, full-range single coil pickups, and the result is a bass approaching perfection. I've never said this of a bass before, but my Kestrel practically plays itself. Fortunately, that pleasure is reserved for me.
Music background: musician, occasional sound engineer, college professor
4.5/5

PRS Kestrel Bass Guitar

A really fantastic bass guitar for the money. High quality throughout and sounds great. My main use is for recording and it is super quiet with a wonderful range of tones. Playability is excellent. Nice gig bag!
Music background: Semi Professional Musician
4.5/5

Quality workmanship

Excellent electronics. Minor adjustment of string height needed for my preference. Setup was really good out of the box and the frets are dressed reasonably well with no sharp protruding edges. The bass is a beauty to look at. I only wish the PRS logo was on the headstock. Bird inlays look really nice and the side dot inlays make it easy to find your way around the neck on dark stages. The "Old School" sound full of low end mudbucker sound is easy to get with the neck pickup and the tone backed down toward the bass end. The Jazz Bass pop is also easy to dial in using both pickups with the tone control on full treble.
Music background: Pro Musician
4/5

Monster of Tone and Playability

The PRS Kestrel is of such high quality and has the versatility for dialing in just about any tone and sound, I was truly amazed.I run it through it through an Ampeg BA 210 with a 4 X 10 extension cabinet, this combination with this monster of tone Kestrel plugged in has upgraded my sound and enables a clean noise free output I desperately needed being in a band with a two guitar attack and a drummer who hits em hard. Thank you Sweetwater for the great deal on such a wonderful instrument, get one of these, you will not be disappointed absolutely the best tone, sustain and quality in this price range, PRS is known for their workmanship and this Bass is a great example of the PRS commitment to quality. Special thanks to Kevin Samuel at Sweetwater for guiding me through both the Ampeg and PRS Bass Purchases with expertise and advice that is so very important when buying on-line.
Music background: Rock, Blues Bassist
4/5

P R S Kestral bass

Beautiful guitar, it plays very well and is versital in as much as style of music being played. Thanks to Sam Hilman for the nice deal that I was given. Keep up the good work Sweetwater!
Music background: Musician 50 years
See also: PRS, PRS 4-string Bass Guitars