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    SE Kestrel and Kingfisher Basses

    I couldn't find a post on this before, sorry if this is redundant.

    Per Sweetwater, looks like both are 4 string, alder-bodied affairs with neck-through maple/walnut necks & rosewood fingerboards. Hipshot bridges. No pics yet.

    Kestrel has 2 single coils & comes in Tri-Color Sunburst and Black

    Kingfisher has 2 humbuckers & comes in Natural & Tortoise Shell

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/sear...b=popular&pn=3

    I don't play bass alot...but when I do lay down those scratch tracks, it looks like my 1986 MIJ Ibby Roadstar Bass may be sitting a few sessions out!
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    Great, like I didn't have enough GAS for all the other PRS products, along comes something to replace my tired (and kinda lousy) P-bass copies.

    I guess I'll put that on the list right after the 7-string, which is right after or beside the Akerfeldt, which follows the Spalted Maple ZM (which is pre-order!). Eventually there is a P24 in there too, and a SAS, or maybe 305, or...


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    Very cool, have been wanting an SE bass for awhile now.
    Need more info on specs for the humbucker one though, as does it have a blend control for the pickups, or a toggle.
    I prefer the former for a bass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyT View Post
    Need more info on specs for the humbucker one though, as does it have a blend control for the pickups, or a toggle.
    The site says "2 x volume, 1 x tone" for both models. I suppose all specs are subject to change though.
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    2008 SE Semi-Hollow Soapbar | 2011 CU24 GC Throwback | 2012 Signature Limited
    2013 408 Brazilian | 2013 Paul's Guitar | 2013 HB II | 2013 CU24 Swamp Ash Limited
    2013 CU24 | 2013 XPRS 408 Semi-Hollow | 2014 CU24 Semi-Hollow

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    I did not see them.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleary View Post
    I did not see them.....
    The listing seems to be gone. Weird - maybe a case of premature pre-listing...

    But note the pre-order listing of a SE ZM Spalted in Sanatana Yellow:

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SEZMSSY/

    (Of course, maybe this will disappear shortly too...)

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    Whoa, nice scoop Carl. We knew about the Kestrel from previous photos, but I had no idea about the Kingfisher. If they're really neck-thru, I may have to consider one of these.

    I wonder how the sound compared to a Rick?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shinksma View Post
    The listing seems to be gone. Weird - maybe a case of premature pre-listing...)
    Well, I may be cutting back on caffeine, but the SKUs WERE there, should've gotten a screen cap. Sounds like they also have a ZM in a Vintage SB Quilt which tickles me something fierce, esp. if the back is red.

    FWIW I know we cannot talk price, but they looked to be selling right about where one would expect them to be...
    1990, 91, 92 & 97 CE24s | 1991 CU24 | 2000 CU22 Semi-Hollow | 2003 & 04 SE EG
    2008 SE Semi-Hollow Soapbar | 2011 CU24 GC Throwback | 2012 Signature Limited
    2013 408 Brazilian | 2013 Paul's Guitar | 2013 HB II | 2013 CU24 Swamp Ash Limited
    2013 CU24 | 2013 XPRS 408 Semi-Hollow | 2014 CU24 Semi-Hollow

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinksma View Post
    But note the pre-order listing of a SE ZM Spalted in Sanatana Yellow:
    Uh oh... I'm starting to feel the pangs of GAS.
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    If they do put the se basses back up, I may have to get a second job. Would be nice to play some bass again. I miss my Warwick nt bubinga......
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    Looked and didn't see them....but did spy an SE 245 soapbar in black. Man that would look good with all gold hardware

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    Damn damn damn. Can't even find photos now, but the GAS is strong with this one....


    If PRS comes out with a Neck-thru American bass, I'll be TOTALLY boned.

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    If you do a Google search, at least one or two things come up...so it was up long enough to get indexed somewhere in da interwebs...
    1990, 91, 92 & 97 CE24s | 1991 CU24 | 2000 CU22 Semi-Hollow | 2003 & 04 SE EG
    2008 SE Semi-Hollow Soapbar | 2011 CU24 GC Throwback | 2012 Signature Limited
    2013 408 Brazilian | 2013 Paul's Guitar | 2013 HB II | 2013 CU24 Swamp Ash Limited
    2013 CU24 | 2013 XPRS 408 Semi-Hollow | 2014 CU24 Semi-Hollow

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    Yeah, definitely. Multiple websites with seemingly the same info pulled... It looks promising. :fingerscrossed:

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    Quote Originally Posted by thieves&foxes View Post
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    They sure are priced right too........
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    I did notice a se Floyd in Trampas Green and Santana Yellow. I was also just looking at the website and noticed the ZM is now available in Vintage sunburst now also (if this is been known, I'm sorry, I've been out of the loop for awhile.)
    I gave that pitch some vibrato, pitches love vibrato.

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