PRS and John Mayer have announced the Silver Sky SE, a more affordable version of their incredibly successful signature guitar partnership. The Silver Sky isn’t just a phenomenal take on the Stratocaster, but it is also the most viewed guitar review of my tenure at Ultimate-Guitar. Love it or hate it, the Silver Sky’s success speaks for itself.
The Silver Sky SE features the same volume-tone-tone and 5-way switch configuration as the domestic model. Three 635JM “S” single coil pickups sit in the pickguard, which are essentially import versions of the 635JM single coils in the original.
To my ears, they are remarkably similar to the original Silver Sky that I reviewed. They are characterized by smooth and responsive tones. Totally missing those “ice pick” highs you sometimes get out of a Strat, especially in the bridge position.
A Poplar wood body will sport a two-point steel tremolo system and nickel hardware including vintage style tuners. Each SE Silver Sky will also ship with a gig bag and standard 10-46 gauge strings.
As of now, four finishes will be available including Dragon Fruit, Stone Blue, Moon White, and Ever Green. PRS’s classic headstock shape sits atop the Maple neck and Rosewood fretboard. It’s a full 25.5” scale length with 22 frets and a comfortable contoured neck heel. The neck is smooth, comfortable, and most importantly it feels very familiar to me as a long time S-style player. In terms of fretwork and tuning stability, the SE Silver Sky does not disappoint in any regard.
Here’s a look at the stunning Dragon Fruit finish option:
As far as I can tell, it seems PRS only sacrificed a few small aesthetic choices in construction to keep to a budget. The pickups feel and sound shockingly close to the domestic USA-made product. They are not exactly the same, but close enough that only John Mayer-level players can probably notice a difference. This is my third experience with a PRS SE model in this price range, and I’m beginning to believe they are one of the best values on the guitar marketplace.
A SE version of the Silver Sky seemed unavoidable after the sustained success of the signature take on a Stratocaster. Some, myself included, questioned whether Mayer would want to go down that road, but I’m delighted to see he did.
The PRS SE Silver Sky will retail for $849, a much more accessible price point than the $2500+ of the exceptional original model.