We're lucky enough to feature four incredible guitarists in Issue 17 of Gi with Guns N' Roses axe-slinger Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal gracing the cover plus ex-Megadeth thrash legend Marty Friedman and acoustic virtuoso Richard Thompson on the inside. Not only that, but we talk to Thank You Scientist's Tom Monda about his career so far and what the future entails.
Back in issue 10 we interviewed Opeth’s guitar duo of Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik
Åkesson - now it’s time for the latter’s signature PRS guitar to get the treatment!
Tim Slater officiates.
For readers who may not necessarily be au
fait with the world of progressive metal
music (perish the thought! - Ed), Sweden’s
Opeth boast a formidably talented lead
guitarist in the form of Fredrik Åkesson and
his skills have recently seen PRS honour the
fleet fingered 40 year old from Stockholm
with his own personal SE Signature model.
And Fredrik isn’t the only member of Opeth
to receive this honour; lead vocalist/guitarist
Mikael Åkerfeldt also took delivery of his
own PRS SE Signature earlier this year.
The SE Åkesson model is based on PRS
popular PRS SE 245 single cut but the
overall feel is much closer to another older
and very familiar single cutaway design,
whilst sidestepping falling into the trap of
becoming yet another Les Paul clone.
For starters, whilst the Åkesson’s solid
mahogany body is significantly thicker than
the standard PRS SE 245, the SE Åkesson
still remains lighter and more resonant than
a typical LP style axe. SE models always seem
to possess an abundance of natural resonance
and the SE Åkesson is no exception,
although the thicker body also seems to
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lend this guitar’s acoustic and amplified
tones extra gravitas. The quilted maple top
is finished in an attractive shade of dark
brown (Forntida Brun), a shade that does the
attractive maple veneer justice.
Bearing in mind that Fredrik Åkesson is
regarded as something of a virtuoso Rock
player, his signature SE features a couple of
subtle appointments that help pave a smooth
pathway to unhindered shredding. The
lower cutaway is significantly deeper than
the standard SE 245, granting easier access
to the upper reaches of the neck during solo
flights. The mahogany neck features PRS’
standard Wide Fat profile and is topped off
with a smoothly luxurious ebony fingerboard
finished with 22 jumbo-sized frets. The
classic bird shaped fingerboard inlays present
no puzzle regarding which stable this
guitar belongs to and, as ever, this Koreanmade
PRS is a model of craftsmanship,
demonstrating an exemplary standard of
finish that would leave many of its rivals