PRS SE Tremonti Standard review

  • £399
  • €639
  • $839

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Our Verdict

The SE Standard may have the versatility, but when the Tremonti Standard rocks hard, there's little in this price range that can touch it.

For

  • Excellent rock tones - won't lose clarity when the distortion kicks in. Superb build quality and value for money.

Against

  • Not as versatile as a Standard.
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As the second artist to receive a PRS signature model (after Carlos Santana), Mark Tremonti has become an important ambassador for the brand, and the Tremonti SE's debut in 2003 bestowed an affordable weapon on guitarists of a heavier inclination.

The Tremonti Standard retains the key features of the SE model, with black binding around the Platinum-finished body and PRS SE Treble and Bass humbuckers.

"Kick in the distortion, and the bridge humbucker handles downtuned distorted riffs without any mud"

With a finish like this, you're unlikely to be knocking out major 7ths, and the Tremonti puts out some serious meat.

Its clean tones are punchy, and lend themselves to the kind of extended chords Mark employs in Alter Bridge's quieter moments.

Kick in the distortion, and the bridge humbucker handles downtuned distorted riffs without any mud; there's enough presence to handle just about any kind of driven playing, and the hefty mid push gives powerchords real momentum.

There are no coil-splits (though the middle position gives you a taste of lower-output flavour), but this is a big rock guitar. That's reinforced by the Wide Fat neck shape, which is chunkier than the Pattern Regular, but with our model's low action, it retains a slinky playing feel for solos, especially with the considerate carve at the upper frets.

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Tech Specs

Circuitry Type1x volume, 1x tone, 3-way pickup selector
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Scale Length (mm)635
No. of Frets22
HardwarePRS SE stoptail, PRS tuners
Available FinishVintage Cherry, Black, Platinum (shown)
Scale Length (Inches)25
Guitar Body MaterialMahogany
Pickup Type1x PRS SE Treble (bridge), 1x PRS SE Bass (neck)
Country of OriginKorea
Neck MaterialMahogany