PRS SE Schizoid King Crimson LTD, In the Court of the Crimson King Graphic
As a limited edition for 2019, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the legendary band King Crimson, PRS will be offering a maximum of 1,000 SE Schizoid guitars, adorned with the classic artwork from Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King Album.
Jakko Jakszyk's story reads like a tale of rock-and-roll dreams: "When I was 11 years old my neighbour played me a song called '21st Century Schizoid Man' by King Crimson, and it blew my head off. Overnight they became my favourite band. I went to see them live a year later and my senses were equally destroyed, and I vowed that night that music would be my life. I could never have imagined that I would actually find myself in that very band years later, singing and playing that very song."
The guitar Jakko choose to play with the legendary progressive rock outfit: a PRS Custom 24 Piezo adorned with the "Schizoid Man" artwork from In the Court of the Crimson King album.
"When Robert Fripp asked me to join Crimson, I decided I needed a new guitar. Much as I loved and owned a number of vintage guitars, live I would always play something modern – more reliable. PRS is the best of both worlds. A modern instrument that feels and looks like a classic. So when PRS asked if they could make me something special it had to be a guitar with that iconic artwork. The 'Schizoid Man' face that started this whole journey off. Full circle as it were."
As a limited edition for 2019, PRS will be offering a maximum of 1,000 SE Schizoid guitars worldwide, adorned with that same classic artwork.
- Body Wood: Mahogany
- Number of Frets: 24
- Scale Length: 25"
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: Wide Thin
- Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
- Fretboard Inlay: Birds
- Bridge: PRS Patented Tremolo, Molded
- Tuners: PRS-Designed Tuners
- Hardware Type: Nickel
- Controls: Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Blade Pickup Selector
It is the graphic of the guitar that makes it stand out, and nothing else really. The build quality is OK, though it needs a proper setup and there is an excess of lacquer on the neck, IMHO. The range of tones is a bit underwhelming despite the coil-tap, but it plays well. I think a Gibson LP Studio is better value, but that doesn't come with the body graphic, which is very well executed.