In Issue 22 of Guitar Interactive Magazine we once again have our usual high intake of in-depth guitar and gear reviews plus an exclusive live interview with Alter Bridge and Creed man, Mark Tremonti. We also meet David Bowie's 'The Spiders from Mars' guitarist Mick Ronson and world renowned bassist, Mo Foster. All of the above and whole lot more are available in Issue 22 of Gi.
As befits one of Rock’s most influential guitarists, Mark Tremonti doesn’t have
just one signature PRS - he has several (if you count the special editions.) At one
end of the range there’s the 2013 Mark Tremonti Signature. At the other, two SE
versions - with and without trem. Tom Quayle asks the big questions: how good
is the Tremonti signature and how close does the SE version get?
For most guitar players, having a signature PRS guitar would be one of the pinnacles of their
career, but for Mark Tremonti it seems like the next logical step in a fantastic rise within
the Rock guitar hall of fame. Mark’s career has gone from strength to strength in the bands
Creed and Alter Bridge where he has developed a unique and recognisable style and for 2013
he teamed up with PRS to produce both a high-end signature model and the more budget
minded SE Tremonti Custom. PRS sent the Guitar Interactive team both guitars to check
out so let’s have a look at the full fat version first!
PRS Mark Tremonti Signature
The high end Mark Tremonti signature guitar is a stunning looking, single
cut design that replaces the PRS McCarty model that Mark had been using
previously. Everything about the guitar has been designed to suit Mark’s style,
from the body shape to the high output pickups and floating bridge, resulting
in a guitar that is the epitome of modern Rock.
The guitar features a thick mahogany body with carved figured-maple top and is available in a
wide range of finishes. Flame and quilted finishes are also available with ‘ten tops’ versions also
on offer for those with sufficient funds. The 22 fret neck comes in mahogany with a rosewood
fretboard and ‘Pattern Thin’ shape for a comfortable playing experience and a fretboard that
is finished with rolled edges and beautiful custom bird inlays (‘Pattern Thin’ is a PRS profile
that has replaced the ‘Wide Thin’ style of earlier designs - Ed). PRS Phase III locking tuners are
utilised on the headstock for great tuning stability and they add a real touch of class with the
exposed gear workings and modern design.
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