PRS SE Kestrel & Kingfisher Basses review

Paul Reed Smith turns his hand to mid-priced bass guitars

PRS SE basses
(Image: © PRS Guitars)

Guitar World Verdict

A pair of solid solidbodies - one sexy J-style groove machine and a classic spank plank.


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    Nice design touches, versatile vintage sounds


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    Some easily solved setup issues

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