PRS SE Paul Allender Model review

  • £659
  • $1276

Now here's a brand new signature double-cutaway PRS guitar that rawks!

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Our Verdict

A great metal axe that really delivers the goods!

For

  • Stunning looks, playability.

Against

  • You need Paul's taste.
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Come the day that he decides to give up dressing in scary makeup and calling Jesus a lady's front bottom or something, Cradle of Filth's Paul Allender could consider a career in guitar design. His SE model proves that a guitar can sound mean and still look pretty.

Earlier this year when we interviewed Paul, he had this to say about his SE signature model: "It sounds so aggressive and plays amazingly. I can't believe it's an SE. It's so good that I'm going to play it onstage with Cradle of Filth."

We're with Paul on this one - this guitar is the balls! It's light and well-balanced, plays beautifully (thanks to a slim neck), and looks the business.

Allender has managed to breathe some fire into the well-worn PRS formula replacing the classic bird fingerboard inlays with awesome-looking bats. We love that purple Allender Burst finish too.

Plugged in, this guitar is versatile with enough tonal variation to handle any genre from country to rock, though most of these guitars will end up in the hands of metal players.

SE Allender models are flying out of music shops like a bat out of hell at the moment, in part because of its street price of around £560.

We only managed to get hold of one thanks to Trevor Durrant's Guitar Centre in Colchester (01206 794470), but by the time you read this there will be more SE Allenders in the shops. Just don't expect these beauties to hang about.

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Tech Specs

Available Controls3-way Pickup Selector Tone Volume
Available FinishCustom Allender Burst maple top & quilt maple veneer
Back MaterialMahogany
Body StyleDouble-cut
Bolt-on NeckNo
BridgePRS Vibrato
Case IncludedNo
CutawayYes
FeaturesPRS designed tuners, Bat fretboard position inlays
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
FretlessNo
HardwareGold
Includes BagNo
Left Handed Model AvailableNo
Neck MaterialMaple
Neck ProfileWide-Thin
No. of Frets24
No of Strings6
PickguardNo
Phantom powerNo
Pickup TypePRS designed Paul Allender treble & bass humbucking pickups
TremoloNo