“While Fender players might feel more at home with the Silver Sky, PRS players will definitely feel a little more comfortable here”: PRS SE NF3 review

This new SE-exclusive NF3 uses a similar bolt-on platform to John Mayer’s Silver Sky model – but is a very different guitar. How so? Let’s find out

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Guitar World Verdict

The NF3 is a full-sounding ‘Stratocaster’-type guitar but, in true PRS style, it also has huge stylistic potential, with remarkable build quality to boot. In fact, a few mods would bring it dangerously close to the USA guitars. It really is that good.


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    Hard-to-fault build.

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    Perfect playability and setup.

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    Great vibrato.

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    Hum-cancelling DD ‘S’ Narrowfields sit between classic single coil and low-output humbuckers.

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    Very versatile.


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    Bit pricey for a non-signature SE.

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    A pull switch on the tone control would introduce the T-style bridge and neck pickup combination.

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Has PRS gone a little bolt-on mad? Well, certainly in the Indonesian-made SE line, it’s bolt-ons that have been the recent trend in terms of new releases. 

Only a little while back we saw the SE CE 24 and Swamp Ash Special, both based on historic PRS designs, then earlier this year the superb stripped-down (both in style and price) SE CE 24 Standard Satin, which added to the bolt-on choice behind the more established SE Silver Sky

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.