PRS SE Silver Sky review

PRS and John Mayer finally unleash the affordable SE version of the Silver Sky. Another cheap Fender copy or one of the best signature guitars we’ve ever played? Let’s find out…

PRS SE Silver Sky
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

This new take on John Mayer's signature Silver Sky is the best PRS SE guitar yet. It's hugely impressive in all regards, and affordably priced, too.


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    Price, build, playability, sound, all with PRS’s ‘nerdy’ attention to detail.

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    Great neck shape – it really doesn’t feel like a generic Fender copy.


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    With only four colours and no options, it’s definitely ‘what you see is what you get’.

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Whatever our (or your) feelings are about the validity of the Silver Sky – PRS’s cover version of an absolute Fender classic in collaboration with John Mayer – it’s very hard to argue with the instrument we have in front of us. 

While the USA Silver Sky sits more than comfortably alongside Fender’s top-of-the-line production models, not to mention virtually every other high-end bolt-on, this new SE version is simply one of the finest examples of large-production guitar making we can recall. 

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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.