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Opeth's Fredrik Akesson Unveils Signature Paul Reed Smith Guitar

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Paul Reed Smith guitars has announced the addition of Opeth's Fredrik Akesson to its lineup of signature artists. A press release from the company reads:

"Paul Reed Smith Guitars is proud to welcome Fredrik Åkesson – guitarist and backing vocalist for the landmark prog metal band Opeth – to the PRS family of SE signature artists. His new signature model, the SE Fredrik Åkesson, [was] unveiled in Frankfurt, Germany during the Musikmesse 2011, April 6 – 9. Model features include a single cutaway maple top with quilted maple veneer and thick mahogany back, a 24.5” scale length, 22 fret wide fat mahogany neck with ebony fretboard and PRS bird inlays, and a Tone Pros adjustable stoptail bridge. Forntida Brun, Swedish for “Ancient Brown,” is the exclusive finish option for Åkesson’s signature model electric guitar.

"Veteran of the bands Talisman, Krux, and Arch Enemy, Åkesson has been described by Opeth’s frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt (also an SE signature artist) as, 'an old-school shredder.' This background along with Åkesson’s knowledge of theory and scales has allowed him to reinforce Opeth’s trademark sound with fast riffs and virtuoso playing."

You can view a photo of the guitar plus read more about its specifications on the official Paul Reed Smith website.

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1. WOLF7 writes:

? His signature PRS has been out on the marked since the beginning of 2010, if not earlier

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2. KickAssDuke writes:

Maybe it's just me but for some reason I think Fredrik sounded better with the ESP Marshall combination. I will also go so far as to say that Akerfeldt sounds better when his original "non-signature" PRS. Not sure why but I have always thought that. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during the recording of Blackwater Park. Mikael's guitar tone on that album is really something special in my opinion.

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