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> First Impressions On The Prs Mikael Akerfeldt Signature Guitar
Cosmin Lupu
post Oct 7 2013, 09:39 AM
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I just picked up the PRS Mikael Ackerfeldt signature model, for a review and I realized it much resembles a Gibson Les Paul, not only in shape but also in tone and feel. Before showing you guys the video, here are my first impressions:

- Playability - the neck is a bit chubbier - more like the Gibson necks then the PRS necks I've been accustomed to on both Paul Allender models, the Custom 24 or the Mike Mushok baritone.

- Tone - it is dark and nasal, as opposed to the brighter, crispier tone of the other PRS guitars I have tried so far. The mahogany body has a lot to do with this and that thicker neck as well, I think.

The pickups seem to have high output as in, if I crank up the gain on the AMT and also give it a boost with the Suhr Shiba drive, it will have quite a bite!

I will probably manage to shoot the review this week, so stay tuned wink.gif

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post Oct 7 2013, 12:10 PM
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Seems its a shred guitar trapped inside a LP's body smile.gif


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post Oct 8 2013, 07:49 AM
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Not that comfy, at least for my hands, but the neck has a satin finish and that makes it feel a lot better than a Gibson neck - so who knows, maybe you are right wink.gif


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post Oct 8 2013, 10:54 AM
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I have never been a big LP body fan, but it looks very nice smile.gif

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post Oct 8 2013, 05:34 PM
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Look forward to the Vid Cosmin!!
I swapped out the P/Ups on one of those for a set of Blackouts a couple of months ago for someone.
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post Oct 8 2013, 10:04 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Oct 8 2013, 04:34 PM) *
Look forward to the Vid Cosmin!!
I swapped out the P/Ups on one of those for a set of Blackouts a couple of months ago for someone.
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Oh! Amazing - how did it change the tone??

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I have never been a big LP body fan, but it looks very nice smile.gif


Mate - it's beautiful, trust me, even tho it feels different from other PRS's


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post Oct 9 2013, 04:33 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Oct 8 2013, 10:04 PM) *
Oh! Amazing - how did it change the tone??

The guy I did it for is over the moon with it now, he plays in Drop C mainly. To my ears it's boosted the clarity of the higher Low end frequencies and the mids quite a bit. It even has a bit more sparkle in the higher frequencies too.
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post Oct 9 2013, 05:29 PM
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Nice guitar Cosmin! Congrats! I wonder if this one is similar to Mark Tremonti SE model. I have tried the SE version and it's very comfortable for me. The only thing that I didn't like are the pick ups which I would change for a pair of Seymour Duncan.



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post Oct 10 2013, 08:26 AM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Oct 9 2013, 03:33 PM) *
The guy I did it for is over the moon with it now, he plays in Drop C mainly. To my ears it's boosted the clarity of the higher Low end frequencies and the mids quite a bit. It even has a bit more sparkle in the higher frequencies too.
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Spot on smile.gif The cranked up high gain tone is a bit dirty as I see it too! I don't know YET if I am going to get this one for myself... or not smile.gif YET


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post Oct 12 2013, 12:28 PM
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look like a really nice guitar, how does the tuning hold up to whammy usage?

Have you ever tried the Fredrik Akesson PRS? If you ever get the chance for a test drive I'd be interested on your thoughts...... Im thinking about getting one next year sometime smile.gif


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post Oct 12 2013, 04:21 PM
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Wow Cosmin, I am jealous..Would want to play one of those myself..


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post Oct 13 2013, 12:12 PM
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QUOTE (bleez @ Oct 12 2013, 11:28 AM) *
look like a really nice guitar, how does the tuning hold up to whammy usage?

Have you ever tried the Fredrik Akesson PRS? If you ever get the chance for a test drive I'd be interested on your thoughts...... Im thinking about getting one next year sometime smile.gif


Not that one, I haven't - BUT thanks for the suggestion, I will take it for a spin next biggrin.gif

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Wow Cosmin, I am jealous..Would want to play one of those myself..


Haha biggrin.gif They are great for an Opeth fan, but a bit too fuzzy in respect to the tone and chubby on the hands for my taste smile.gif


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post Oct 14 2013, 01:42 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Oct 10 2013, 08:26 AM) *
Spot on smile.gif The cranked up high gain tone is a bit dirty as I see it too! I don't know YET if I am going to get this one for myself... or not smile.gif YET

Yeah, that was his main reason for wanting the B/Outs put in!
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post Oct 15 2013, 08:12 AM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Oct 14 2013, 12:42 PM) *
Yeah, that was his main reason for wanting the B/Outs put in!
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The more I play it, the more I realize that's the biggest issue of this axe smile.gif I'm shooting on Friday when I get back home!


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post Oct 15 2013, 03:59 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Oct 15 2013, 08:12 AM) *
The more I play it, the more I realize that's the biggest issue of this axe smile.gif I'm shooting on Friday when I get back home!

I look forward to it!!
If you do get one you can pay me to come over and install some B/Outs if you like!!!
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post Oct 16 2013, 03:46 PM
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Well, Neil - guess what? I'm coming to London between the 4-6 of November! biggrin.gif I already told Ben and I'm writing to Andy James as well, maybe we can all meet up!


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