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PRS SE Zach Myers Semi-Hollow - Vintage Sunburst Reviews

5.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • from Idaho May 31, 2017Music Background:
    20 yrs in hobby bands, Pubs, b-days etc.

    A keeper

    First off, Jonathan Casarow at Sweetwater is great to deal with. I really like the fact that I could view the exact guitar I would be getting on their web site. Shipping was quick. The fit and finish on this guitar is top notch. The pots are very smooth. The fret work is flawless, and the neck shape is perfect. The tone is very nice with great bass response. I am using a VHT tube amp, a soul food OD and Hall of Fame reverb and getting, what I feel, is some Allman Brothers ish tones. One of the main reasons I got this guitar was the fact that it is much lighter than a solid LP style guitar. I can play this guitar for hours and not be sore.
    I give this guitar 5 stars, but there are a couple nit-picky things I would change. First, the greenish tuning knobs don't, in my opinion, go with the overall look of the guitar. Second, I would prefer amber knobs on the pots.
    Just as an FYI, I did have tuning issues until I changed strings. Whoever put the strings on at the factory barely had two turns around the tuners. Also the nut on the jack was loose. (easy fix)
    Bottom line, I will most likely install locking tuners and keep this guitar till I can no longer play.

  • from Sunny Ohio April 24, 2017

    Stunning looks, quality and tone

    The title says it all. The PRS Zach Myers is a beautiful guitar. The tiger (flame) maple cap on mine looks even better in person than it did on the pictures. The headstock logo on the 2017 is a classy touch. A beautiful guitar is inspiring to play. I love the look of the F hole and being a semi-hollow it's very light.

    The quality is everything I expected from a Korean PRS. The setup was perfect right out of the box. I like a "medium low" action Not too low, not too high and that how this came. Pickup height was also dial in and needed nothing. I had to intonate 1 string. Nothing else. I cannot find a single flaw or mistake on the guitar. I wish the "famous maker" American guitars were this consistent.

    Tone is like flavor and this is a tone In really like. It's very much in the same ballpark as a Les paul (obviously) but PRS and Zach Myers have put their own spin on it. The combination of the pickups and the semi-hollow body give it a spacious, airy tone but it still keeps the sharp Les Paul bite, especially when you dig in. Back off the volume and use a light touch and it's all sweet cleans. Roll it on to hit the amp and attack the strings and it responds aggressively.

    It's better compared to a USA LP than the Epis. Seriously, it's that good.

  • from Charlotte, NC April 24, 2017Music Background:
    Bar Band weekend warrior/ part-time builder

    A bang-for-buck champion

    As a self-taught builder, I have been playing my own instruments for the past 8 years exclusively. Due to a recent move, my shop is not yet set and available, and I found myself in need of a dual HB guitar for my current bar band. I have owned Les Pauls, which are great but inconsistent, and a Hamer Archtop, which I absolutely loved but had to sell (much to my dismay) , and are no longer in production. I started looking for an alternative, and on a whim found the Zach Myers and tried it. All the PRS guitars I had tried previously had thin necks, which do not suit me. This neck is excellent- very consistent and I love the satin finish. I finish my necks with oil, no lacquer, so the feel is very familiar and the shape and size are nearly identical to my favorite hand carved neck. Pickups are versatile- not spectacular but very good right out of the box. Responds well to touch and different attacks- I use a good bit of hybrid picking, and it works well for different styles. Tuners are good, fretwork very good, and the nut-though I don't care for the shape- is well cut. Sweep of the pots and usefullness of the tone controls is very good for this price range. Action was incredibly low and buzz-free, though a bit too low for me. After adjustment and swap to .10's, this guitar stays in tune very well and intonates exceptionally. The finish is flawless. A fantastic guitar for the money. Like most guitars, changing the pickups to suit your preference could make this guitar absolutely stellar. This axe is a benchmark for playability- as good as any I have ever owned or made myself. Anyone can nit-pick details, but off the shelf the SE Zach Myers is ready to wail at a very affordable price point.

  • from valencia ca. April 13, 2017Music Background:
    50 years

    Affordable PRS

    Excellent guitar right out of the box.

  • from December 25, 2016

    Day one - very nice guitar

    Ok...day one review...so far I'm a fan. Considering the price of this guitar, I'm shocked at the high quality and great tone. Easily on par with instruments two to three times the price. As for Sweetwater's setup/shipping - perfect. This guitar crossed the Pacific and arrived in perfect condition. Intonation and action is spot on.
    Overall, I'm very impressed.

  • from Indiana April 7, 2017Music Background:
    longtime hobbyist

    Best bang for the buck under $700

    I snagged one of these off the rack to test an amp that impressed, for more a Les Paul-ish kind of axe. This thing sounded HUGE and meaty. Lots of balls, with a bit more air to it than a solid body. While I have nearly always preferred the solid body axes, this impressed me very much. I still prefer the LTD Skolnick as the best under $1000 axe I've played, but for $700 and under, this simply has no competition in my opinion. I'd even have been happy with the stock pickups and I'm notorious for scrapping them in cheaper guitar for some Duncans or boutique sets. The controls functioned well, the fit and finish were perfect, the axe played well all the way up the neck and had none of the QC issues of many of the Tennessee made guitars that cost 6 times this amount. This will be my next purchase, and had I not stumbled across a killer amp, it would have went home with me already.

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