Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gustopher, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. Gustopher


    Jul 30, 2018
    Recently I've been looking for a "full time" bass and after much searching, youtube, reviews, etc... I decided to give the PRS SE KESTREL a try. I have a PJ, so my P bass needs are met, so I wanted to go with jazz pickups this time. I ordered from zZounds and received in about 2 days, had it sent to my office so I could inspect when I got it and all was well. Upon first inspection, fit and finish are top notch, absolutely beautiful to me. Setup was needed, action is just too high, but the neck didn't need adjustment. Pickup levels were a little off, but nothing major.
    Had a chance to play for a couple hours last night and I am very happy with the sound from the pickups. I could get a wide range of tones from blending pickups and adjusting the tone. Hardware is all Hipshot and is very nice. It balances very nice on the strap and has ZERO neck dive, it hangs perfectly on me and puts my hands in a great spot to play. I don't have to reach my fretting hand as far. Not sure of the weight, but it weighs less than my Harley Benton PJ deluxe. All in all, I am loving it... and to make it official here are some pics!
    Big hunk of bridge. String through body or through bridge, it came with the rounds strung through the body, when I change to flats I'll likely go through the bridge.
    Pointy headstock, tilted back, no need for string tree and nice Hipshot tuners.
    I like the gig bag, it's well made and feels nice. I probably won't use it, as I use a hard shell, but it's nice nonetheless.
  2. Sean150


    Jul 18, 2018
    Those are awesome, beautiful basses; hugely underrated and with a ridiculously good price. Enjoy :bassist:
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  3. lucas303


    Mar 11, 2019
    I can never get enough of those PRS bird inlays. Absolutely beautiful.
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  4. CletusMarley

    CletusMarley Knuckle Dragger Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2018
    That's awesome. I really want to check one out..
  5. golower


    Nov 29, 2009
    Fargo ND
    I wrestled a bear once.
    Thinking about throwing down on one of these.Gorgeous bass man. How you grooving on it?