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PRS SE Starla Stoptail Electric Guitar, Powder Blue

Code: 793439
  • £499.00
  • (FREE UK Delivery)
  • RRP £649.00

With its retro-inspired vibe and appointments, the SE Starla Stoptail in Powder Blue is an approachable but distinctive guitar.

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With its retro-inspired vibe and appointments, the SE Starla Stoptail is an approachable but distinctive guitar. The all-mahogany body paired with a two-piece adjustable stoptail bridge offers a woody, warm midrange tone, while the DS-02 treble and bass pickups add a bright high-end bark that allows the SE Starla Stoptail to cut through the mix. Turn up the volume and the DS-02 pickups go from clean and crisp to driving with rich harmonic overtones. The electronics layout features a 3-way blade pickup switch with a push/pull tone control, so the humbuckers can split into single coils for even more versatility.

Other features include a 22 fret, 25” scale length wide fat mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, bird inlays, and pickguard assembly. Tone, feel, and style are all waiting for you with the SE Starla Stoptail.

BODY

  • Body Wood Mahogany

NECK

  • Scale Length 25"
  • Neck Wood Mahogany
  • Neck Shape Wide Fat
  • Fretboard Wood Rosewood
  • Fretboard Inlay Birds

HARDWARE

  • Bridge Grover Two-Piece
  • Tuners PRS Designed Tuners
  • Hardware Type Nickel

ELECTRONICS

  • Treble Pickup PRS-Designed DS-02
  • Bass Pickup PRS-Designed DS-02 Bass
  • Controls Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Blade Switch

 

Technical
What is guitar 'action'?

This is not the sort of 'action' that you get from the audience after the show when you're lead guitarist in an '80s rock band. It's much more exciting than that! Guitar 'action' describes the distance between the strings and the frets on a guitar. A lower action makes pressing down the string onto the frets a whole lot easier, but if it's too low your strings can buzz, rattle and lose their sustain (not "ring out"). If you have a high action, the strings are harder to press down but you get a much purer tone. Because nearly all guitars can be adjusted, you can usually find a happy medium between comfort and tone. If you need someone to fix the action on your guitar, just ask one of the Kenny's Music team.

Does it matter what the fingerboard on a guitar is made from?

Apart from making a big difference to how the guitar looks, different types of wood can feel and sound quite different when you're playing on them, and their differing feels can subtly affect the way you play.

Rosewood: Soft-feeling and warm-sounding, rosewood fretboards are popular for good reason.

Maple: Offering a brighter tone with more high end, Maple fretboards also wear over time which can be attractive if you want your axe to look lived-in. 

Ebony: similar to maple in tone and sturdier than rosewood, ebony fretboards offer a darker-looking neck with a brighter tone.

Does it matter what country a guitar is made in?

Despite what nationalists might tell you, there's not really any simple answer. Even though many companies design their guitars in the USA or Europe, the vast majority of instruments are actually manufactured in China, Mexico, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. There aren't any 'rules' as to what country makes good or bad guitars, but rather which brands have tighter quality control.

Does it matter how many frets a guitar has?

Not really. Most electric guitars have between 21 and 24 frets which allows you to play pretty much everything you can imagine. 24 frets can be handy for easily playing exactly 2 octaves above the open string during a solo, but Jimi Hendrix, Dave Gilmour, Eric Clapton and John Mayer got by just fine with 21 frets!

Does body shape matter?

Surprisingly, it does.  Wood type is not the only thing that affects the tone.  The shape of the guitar can also influence the sound.  As some shapes require the use of more wood than others, it can definitely give the tone a different texture.  Some shapes will also work better if you are performing seated as opposed to standing.  You also can't discount the importance of having the right "look" if that is what you are going for. 

Why are some guitars so much more expensive than others?

The price range of guitars can vary from less than £100 to prices too large to mention. The reason why the prices vary so much has a lot to do with the types of wood used, the craftsmanship of the instrument(customized or not), the quality of the hardware and the type of pickups used. Some guitars are made to be pieces of art for display while some are created for the everyday player or brand new learner to use as they see fit.  There are good guitars at about every price range. 

How do I know what guitar bridge type suits me?

There are 3 main bridge types that you regularly find on electric guitars, Fixed or Hardtail, Tremolo, and then Floyd Rose.  Fixed or Hardtail bridges have great tuning stability and are easily retuned or drop tuned without affecting the remaining strings. The main negative for this type of bridge is that you don't have the flexibility to change the pitch of a chord easily as you do with a Tremolo. For most guitarists this is not much of a problem and this tends to be the preferred bridge type. Tremolo bridges are usually set up as "floating" which means that if you push or pull on the tremolo bar you are able to change the pitch of the note or chord that you are playing. This type of bridge requires regular checking of tuning as the strings can get out of tune much easier on this bridge type. The Floyd Rose is the best known by the guitar shredding community. With this bridge you can dive bomb and lift squealing harmonics to the heavens by pushing or pulling on the tremolo bar. This bridge usually stays in tune very well no matter how dramatically you use it because there is a locking nut installed to help keep the guitar in tune. The difficulty comes when needing to change strings quickly or needing to change or drop tune. It all comes down to personal taste.

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When will I receive my order?

You will be given an estimated delivery date based on your location and selected shipping option during the checkout process. If next working day shipping is selected, orders of items that are in stock placed before 2pm weekdays will be dispatched same day, with weekend orders shipping Monday, all on a next working day service. If you need your item delivered on a specific day, you can leave a comment in the box at the checkout and we'll take it from there. Please note items shipping from our Aberdeen store may occasionally require a 2 day shipping service. 

Can I ship my item to an alternative address?

We know that sometimes making sure you're in for a delivery can be a pain, so you can specify a different shipping address at the checkout (just make sure your billing address matches your payment card!).

Is my item in stock?

Our website clearly states the stock availability status of all items listed, and this status is dynamically updated throughout the day, meaning that as soon as something is sold in store or online the availability status is updated accordingly. This means you can buy with confidence knowing that your purchase is yours.

Can I return my order if I change my mind?

Applies to online & distance sales orders only: If you have simply changed your mind and wish to return your item, let us know within 14 days of delivery and we'll arrange the return and refund with you. All returns will need to be in the condition they were received and are subject to Kenny's Music returns policy.

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