Recently PRS has been making cheaper guitars and trying to change their image from a guitar maker who only makes guitars for rich dentists to a guitar maker who makes guitars for everyone. Along with making more reasonably priced guitars they have also been making signature models for people younger players would recognize. One of those players who got a signature model was Nick Catanese. Nick Catanese is the other guitar player in Black Label Society opposite of Zakk Wylde who himself is no stranger to unnecessary endorsements. To my knowledge Nick Catanese did not play a PRS model before they made a signature model for them. I always remember seeing him with Les Pauls. The guitar is PRS's single cut shape but with a slightly thicker body. The body is all mahogany and has the classic EMG setup with an 81 in the bridge and an 85 in the neck. It has a Tonepros wrap around bridge. It has a 22 fret ebony fretboard with red binding. The body of the guitar is bound in red and the pickup rings are also red. On the body of the guitar is a huge Nick Catanese logo which I had never seen before.
Playability wise this guitar plays as good as any PRS guitar. It has PRS's wide-thin neck profile which feels a lot like a 60s Gibson profile. The Tonepros wrap around bridge is a great setup and matches well with the 25 inch scale. PRS guitars always seem to have better intonation than other guitars even with their seemingly simple bridge setups. The setneck joint is nice and slim so you can play all the way up on the neck.
With the EMG pickups this guitar is built just for metal. The 81 in the bridge gets you the searing high end gain you you expect. BLS down tunes their guitars so the 81's crisp high end gain helps keep the note clarity. The 85 in the neck provides a smooth tone for quick solos. This guitar has EMG pickups in the standard configuration so you will get the good high gain sounds but with the cold and sterile clean sounds. To get better or more natural sounds from EMG pickups you should do the 18v mod.
This guitar could have been a lot better. If they kept the design simpler. They are losing a lot of potential customers with the huge crazy logo and the red binding. If it just had white or grey binding I think it would be really cool. And if it had to have the crazy logo on it why not make it removable or something or a finish option. Many guitar companies have them problem when it comes to signature guitars. Instead of just making a good guitar similar to what the guitarist uses they end up making 6 string billboards for that player and normal people dont want to play them live or anything because they have someone elses name plastered all over them.
Asian manufacturing, handle a wider ESP EC eg, 2 EMG pickups (81/60), 3-position swith, volume and tone knobs. Nothing but classic, it is not lost!
Rating: 9 / 10
I found the handle a bit wide at first but it is very pleasant and easy to access. Big downside, however: no marks on the handle keys and those on the edge are black dots on dark red background ... In other words, in the semi-darkness (especially on stage), not easy to find on the handle ...
Shape close to a LP standard (like all PRS single cut), the weight is well below his sister at Gibson eg (which is a log must admit). For sound, it's simple: you plug it sounds. Of course there is the eternal debate about the coldness of EMG ... matter of taste. I was looking crisp and sharp, the EMG do their job.
Rating: 8 / 10
-2 Points for lack of benchmarks
For the "modern metal" is an excellent guitar. Not really so versatile (the look of the rest with the acronym Evil Twin immediately gives the tone) but devilishly effective in the register edgy music. I needed a guitar with a pitch longer than 24 "3 / 4 (25" here) for a drop B tuning in without climbing the rope 70 grave, again the PRS does its job. It's nice, stable (the mechanics seem to hold very well) and very well finished.
In addition to a Schecter to Drop Solo, all plugged into a Line6 Spider IV, ca sends hay without parasites. It's clean, square, clean and free of burrs.
I use little or no sound clear (there is always a bit of crunch) and especially the distortion (the Line6 amp simulations so). The sound and finish are up to my expectations.
Rating: 9 / 10
Used for about three months, several repeats and a concert. No surprises so far.
I tried and I have plenty of other models (Schecter, ESP Ltd, Lag, Ibanez ..) the PRS in this price range is one of the best, design and more.
Excellent quality / price ratio so.
I would, even with the cons I'll try to make marks on the edge of the handle because it is a problem ...
Rating: 9 / 10