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PRS SE Mark Holcomb - Holcomb Burst


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Mark Holcomb of Periphery's Signature SE

The PRS SE Mark Holcomb solidbody electric guitar was engineered to be an affordable way to nail the prog-metal tones of Holcomb's band Periphery. This highly specialized electric guitar boasts features that help Holcomb excel at his technical playing style, such as a proprietary fixed bridge and a 20" fretboard radius. The 25.5"-scale-length maple neck with an ebony fingerboard adds punch and clarity to the tone. The headstock has been redesigned to now sport Paul Reed Smith's signature, adding extra "cool" factor. And the Holcomb SE is outfitted with a pair of his signature Seymour Duncan pickups that retain clarity, even in high-gain situations.

Paul Reed Smith Mark Holcomb Signature SE Electric Guitar at a Glance:

  • Specialized for the needs of Mark Holcomb
  • A fast feel for progressive players
  • Muscular but clear tones

Specialized for the needs of Mark Holcomb

The guitar playing in Periphery is quickly becoming the standard for today's progressive metal, and Mark Holcomb is a lot of the reason why. His style combines exotic note runs, intense jack-hammer riffing, and fluty single-note melodies, and he needs a guitar that can deliver on all fronts. While his Maryland-made signature model has been a huge hit for PRS, this SE model makes his signature instrument attainable for a much wider audience.

A fast feel for progressive players

Every aspect of the SE Mark Holcomb solidbody electric guitar has been crafted to allow an unrestricted playing experience that craves high-speed fretwork. The maple neck is capped with a beautiful piece of ebony that feels sleek under your fingers, while its 20" fretboard radius aids in wide bends and nimble string-to-string playing. The neck also boasts PRS's famed wide-thin neck carve that is full enough to remain comfortable, but thin enough for you to fly up and down the frets.

Muscular but clear tones

The engines that make the SE Mark Holcomb run are its duet of Mark Holcomb signature Alpha and Omega Seymour Duncan passive humbucking pickups. Each pickup was designed to achieve a very specific result. The Omega bridge pickup is focused and aggressive in the mids and lows for plenty of punch, while retaining enough highs to ensure high-gain note clarity. The Alpha neck pickup combines the fat and glassy sounds of other neck humbuckers with plenty of pick attack and clear fretting-hand phrasing. And a push-pull tone knob adds single-coil type tones to the guitar's voice.

Paul Reed Smith Mark Holcomb Signature SE Electric Guitar Features:

  • Signature model for Periphery's Mark Holcomb
  • Updated headstock design
  • Mahogany body with beautiful quilt maple top
  • Holcomb signature Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega humbucking pickups
  • 25.5" scale adds note definition and low-tuning stability
  • Fixed-bridge design aids in solid tuning under heavy playing
  • Push-pull tone knob accesses single-coil-style tones
  • Sleek-feeling ebony fretboard caps a maple set neck
  • Comes from the factory in Drop C tuning

The PRS SE Mark Holcomb is a great value for technical metal players.

Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape PRS Doublecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Beveled Maple with Quilted Maple veneer
Body Finish V12
Color Holcomb Burst
Neck Material 3-piece Maple
Neck Shape Wide Thin
Radius 20"
Fingerboard Material Ebony, white binding
Fingerboard Inlay Birds
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Synthetic/Bronze blend
Bridge/Tailpiece Plate style fixed bridge
Tuners PRS designed tuners
Neck Pickup Duncan Alpha Holcomb signature Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Duncan Omega Holcomb signature Humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone (push/pull coil-split), 3-way blade pickup switch
Strings 10-46 (tuned C, G, C, F, A, D)
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number MHHB2

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
PRS SE - Holocomb Sig

Got one from the trade-in promo (Hiendguitar was very generous with the trade in value). What I like about the guitar:
- seymour duncan alpha omega pickups, main reason I bought it
- surprisingly smooth neck, the matte finish on the back is not sticky and promotes fast play
- the looks, it is a d*mn beautiful guitar
Overall one the best metal guitar I can get to my hands. Havent tried playing other genres though...


This guitar has power behind it. The flat neck radius and chunky, great quality jumbo frets bring out a whole new playing style when compared to a standard PRS. The pickups are super responsive in high gain scenarios but also very articulate for clean/ambient breakup tones when you put a ton of reverb behind it. The neck is quite reminiscent to that of a classical guitar considering it's flatness, it really is very good for finger picking atmospheric clean tones and making good use of its 24 frets. And of course...amazing build quality as expected from PRS' SE factory. However, like with all SE's, I highly recommend to change the nut that comes with it. The cheap plastic material sucks alot of the tone out of this beautiful guitar and the tuning can be unstable at times. This is a minor though when you take into account how great this guitar is. The maple top finish really, really surprised me, it looks SO much better in real life than in photos, and it already looks amazing in the photos. You can tell the factory took a lot of pride into making this batch of Holcomb signatures... The clarity in high gain chords is A+. Highly recommended guitar for progressive, ambient and metal.