PRS SE Silver Sky vs PRS Silver Sky

Reasons to Get
PRS SE Silver Sky vs PRS Silver Sky

Release Year
2022 vs 2018
From a more recent year
Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.846'' (21.5mm) vs 0.87'' (22.1mm)
More comfortable open chords for small hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.949'' (24.1mm) vs 0.97'' (24.6mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for small hands
Nut Width
1.625'' (41.3mm) vs 1.656'' (42.1mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Fretboard Radius
8.5'' (215.9mm) vs 7.25'' (184.2mm)
Flatter fretboard makes it easier to play single notes and bend
Value Score
74 vs 63
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
PRS Silver Sky vs PRS SE Silver Sky

Country of Manufacturing
United States vs Indonesia
Built with higher quality standards
Locking Tuners
Yes vs None
Easier to change strings
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.87'' (22.1mm) vs 0.846'' (21.5mm)
More comfortable open chords for big hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.97'' (24.6mm) vs 0.949'' (24.1mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for big hands
Nut Width
1.656'' (42.1mm) vs 1.625'' (41.3mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Fretboard Radius
7.25'' (184.2mm) vs 8.5'' (215.9mm)
More curved fretboard helpful to play chords without muting strings

Other Key Differences
PRS SE Silver Sky vs PRS Silver Sky

Bridge Pickup
PRS 635JM "S" vs PRS 635JM
Different Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup
PRS 635JM "S" vs PRS 635JM
Different Middle Pickup
Neck Pickup
PRS 635JM "S" vs PRS 635JM
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Poplar vs Alder
Different Body Wood
Fretboard Wood
Rosewood vs Maple
Different Fretboard Wood
Nut Material
Synthetic Bone vs Bone
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
PRS SE Silver Sky vs PRS Silver Sky

Neck Wood
Maple
Same Neck Wood
Strings
6
Same tuning options
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Switch Positions
5
Same pickups versatility
Volume Knobs
1
Same volume control
Tone Knobs
2
Same tone control
Pickups
SSS
Beautiful cleans and good tone versatility
Number of Frets
22
Same maximum octave
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Tremolo
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm)
Same string tension and fret separation
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Neck Profile Type
Vintage vs Vintage
Thick neck that gives you a better grip
Neck Joint
Bolt-On
Allows you to detach and swap the neck
Type of Frets
Vintage Tall vs Vintage
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings

Common Strengths

  • High-Quality Nut
  • Top Pickup Brand

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
  • Weight Relief
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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PRS SE Silver Sky vs PRS Silver Sky: Which One is Better?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the PRS Silver Sky is probably the better product overall with its final score of 73 compared to the PRS SE Silver Sky's 69 score, although not by a lot.

The PRS Silver Sky wins when it comes to sound, build quality. On the other hand, the PRS SE Silver Sky has the upper hand when it comes to value for the money.

If you got small hands, none of these guitars will make a big difference when it comes to comfortability.

Which Guitar is Better for Beginners?

Both guitars meet 4 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players. If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, you can't go wrong with either of them.

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing a guitar, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

PRS SE Silver Sky Overview

  • From PRS's 2022 SE series
  • John Mayer Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 8.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: PRS 635JM "S" (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: PRS 635JM "S" (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: PRS 635JM "S" (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 2-Point Steel Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • 635JM Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Vintage Tall frets
  • Vintage-Style tuners

PRS Silver Sky Overview

  • From PRS's 2018 Bolt-On series
  • John Mayer Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 7.25" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple or Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: PRS 635JM (Single Coil/Passive)
  • PRS Steel Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • JM635 Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Vintage frets
  • Vintage-Style, Locking tuners

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the guitar. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the PRS SE Silver Sky compares to the PRS Silver Sky.

Country of Origin Comparison

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The PRS SE Silver Sky was built in Indonesia while the PRS Silver Sky was made in United States.

Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

The United States is considered one of the best electric guitar manufacturers in the world. A guitar made in this country is supposed to have world-class quality control. Nowadays, guitars made in other countries can beat some of the ones made in the US, but most of the time, this country offers the best you can get. Of course, that comes at a price.

Winner: PRS Silver Sky

Woods Used in Both Guitars

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America.

Woods Used in the PRS SE Silver Sky

Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood
Poplar wood pattern used for guitar building
Poplar

Rosewood is an almost purple-looking wood that is used mainly for fretboards since it's heavy, rare, and expensive. It's sometimes used on acoustic guitar bodies to create stronger warm tones.

Poplar is a cheaper and heavier alternative to Alder wood. It terms of tone, it emphasizes the low-end and has cutting mids. It's relatively soft compared to most body woods.

Woods Used in the PRS Silver Sky

Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder

Alder is the most popular wood that Fender uses in most of their guitars nowadays. Even though they say it's because of its balanced tone with an emphasis in the upper midrange, it probably is because it isn't too expensive, and it's also pretty lightweight—more than Mahogany.

Winner: PRS SE Silver Sky.

Nut Material

If you want your guitar to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same guitar model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

The PRS SE Silver Sky has a Synthetic Bone nut. Bone is the best natural material for guitar nuts. However, its tonal properties can be inconsistent. That's the problem that synthetic bone fixes. This is much better than using a plastic nut because the nut is more slippery—which helps with tuning stability—, and it gives your open strings rich harmonics.

On the other hand, the PRS Silver Sky comes with a Bone nut. It's a type of nut found in high-quality instruments. They sound similar to Ivory since they give a lot of sustain and a bright sound (at least when striking open strings). The only problem they can run into is that you may get a bone piece that simply doesn't sound as well as others because that's just how natural materials are.

Winner: Tie.

Fret Material

Most guitar fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most guitars end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive guitars come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

Unfortunately, none of these guitars come with stainless steel frets.

Winner: Tie.

Bridge

The perfect bridge for you will depend on your playstyle because they all have advantages and disadvantages. However, some bridges are more expensive—like Floyd Roses and Evertunes—and thus add more value to a guitar.

Both guitars come with a similar bridge: Tremolo. Tremolo bridges give you more versatility than fixed bridges. They let you perform the intense vibrato effects that would be impossible with a fixed bridge. However, since the bridge floats and there's less contact with the body, the strings lose sustain slightly faster. They can also be a bit harder to restring and set up correctly than fixed bridges.

Since we need to be objective, the most expensive type of bridge will be the winner of this section. In the end, this doesn't matter if you're not going to use the bridge for its original purpose, so choose the bridge that fits your playing style better.

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

The PRS Silver Sky has the best tuners of the two because they are locking tuners. They'll help to keep your guitar in tune because they allow you to tune the guitar without wrapping the strings around the posts. This avoids variations in the tuning due to the strings changing position at the post after a bend. They come at the disadvantage of being slightly heavier than regular tuners. Also, it makes it a lot easier to restring.

Winner: PRS Silver Sky.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to an electric guitar is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

Both guitars have a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

Winner: Tie.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
PRS SE Silver Sky
  • Expensive Wood
  • Synthetic Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay
Strengths & Weaknesses
PRS Silver Sky
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Woods
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Final Build Quality Scores

PRS SE Silver Sky
Quality of materials 57
Features 55
Quality Control 70
Build Quality 61
PRS Silver Sky
Quality of materials 55
Features 65
Quality Control 95
Build Quality 72

Sound Quality Comparison

Determining which guitar sounds better objectively is a difficult task since not everybody will love the same pickups. However, we still can take a look at the instrument specifications to determine how versatile, how much sustain, and the tuning stability it might have. Let's see now how both these guitars compare to each other when it comes to sound quality.

Pickup Configuration

Both guitars have an SSS pickup configuration. SSS is perfect for players who like to play clean. The definition you get between notes and the crispiness is unmatched by most other configurations. You can still use it for distortion, but you won't get the same kind of output and power compared to a humbucker, and the hum they produce also makes them less adequate for high gain.

Pickups Quality

Both these guitars come with some of the top pickups on the market. You can't go wrong with either of them. You'll probably never need a pickup upgrade.

Both guitars use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

Winner: Tie.

Versatility Comparison

Some guitars offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both guitars compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

Both guitars are equal when it comes to the pickup switching option.

None of them come with some kind of coil split or pickup mod option. This makes both lacking in terms of versatility.

They both share the following switching options:

PRS SE Silver Sky and PRS Silver Sky pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
PRS SE Silver Sky and PRS Silver Sky's switch options

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Tie.

Final Sound Quality Scores

PRS SE Silver Sky
Pickups 100
Sustain 60
Versatility 73
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 75
PRS Silver Sky
Pickups 100
Sustain 60
Versatility 73
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 77

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare the playability of both guitars. Bear in mind that the guitar will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test a guitar before buying it. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the guitar for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar is to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when we're comparing guitars. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

Nut Width Comparison

PRS SE Silver Sky Nut Width
PRS SE Silver Sky Nut Width
PRS Silver Sky Nut Width
PRS Silver Sky Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the PRS Silver Sky has the wider nut with 42.1mm (1.656'') vs 41.3mm (1.625''). This is a 0.8mm (0.031'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the PRS Silver Sky, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

Scale Length Comparison

PRS SE Silver Sky and PRS Silver Sky's Scale Length
Both guitars have the same scale length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

In this case, both guitars have a scale length of 25.5".

This is the scale used in most Stratocasters. It's slightly longer than the typical 24.75'' size found in Les Pauls, and it's one of the main reasons why Stratocasters have such a bright sound in general. A longer scale also means that the strings will have higher tension. This will help you get lower action without suffering fret buzz, which will also be helpful when playing in lower tunings without having to increase your string gauge.

However, this also means that there will be more separation between frets, which can make it more difficult to play. Also, bending the strings will require more strengths due to the increased tension, but remember that a tremolo guitar will offset this difficulty.

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile Comparison

PRS SE Silver Sky Neck Profile
PRS SE Silver Sky's neck profile
PRS Silver Sky Neck Profile
PRS Silver Sky's neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

Both the PRS SE Silver Sky and the PRS Silver Sky have a Vintage-shaped neck. This means that it's thicker than most modern necks, and makes it a better fit for playing chords and slow solos. Some people prefer this type of neck because it gives them a better grip thanks to the extra mass. Still, the vast majority prefer a thinner, faster, and more ''modern'' neck.

Fretboard Radius Comparison

PRS SE Silver Sky Fingerboard Radius
PRS SE Silver Sky's Fingerboard radius
PRS Silver Sky Fingerboard Radius
PRS Silver Sky's Fingerboard radius

Most electric guitar fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

In this case, the PRS Silver Sky's fingerboard radius is smaller by a 1.25'' difference, which means it's more curved than the PRS SE Silver Sky's. This extra arc will make playing chords easier in this model. You won't be as likely to mute the strings, especially if you have big hands. However, playing single notes and bending will be easier on the PRS SE Silver Sky.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a guitar before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a guitar favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

After taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that both guitars in this comparison favor large hands .

PRS SE Silver Sky:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands
PRS Silver Sky:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Fret Size Comparison

PRS SE Silver Sky Frets Size
PRS SE Silver Sky's Frets Size
PRS Silver Sky Frets Size
PRS Silver Sky's Frets Size

The PRS SE Silver Sky has Vintage Tall frets, which should be taller than the PRS Silver Sky's Vintage frets.

Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

Final Playability Scores

PRS SE Silver Sky
Bending & Vibrato Ease 60
Chord Playability 100
Solo Playability 50
Playability 70
PRS Silver Sky
Bending & Vibrato Ease 60
Chord Playability 100
Solo Playability 50
Playability 70

PRS SE Silver Sky vs PRS Silver Sky Specs Comparison

General PRS SE Silver Sky PRS Silver Sky
Brand: PRS PRS
Year: 2022 2018
Configuration: SSS SSS
Strings: 6 6
Made in: Indonesia United States
Series: SE Bolt-On
Colors: White, Blue, Green, Red Gold, White, Blue, Green, Brown, Red, Gray
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Poplar Alder
Bridge: 2-Point Steel Tremolo PRS Steel Tremolo
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: Vintage-Style Vintage-Style, Locking
Fretboard: Rosewood Maple or Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple Maple
Decoration: Small Birds Small Birds
Scale Size: 25.5" 25.5"
Shape: 635JM JM635
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.846'' (21.5mm) - 12th Fret: 0.949'' (24.1mm) 1st Fret: 0.87'' (22.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.97'' (24.6mm)
Frets: 22 Vintage Tall 22 Vintage
Fretboard Radius: 8.5" 7.25"
Nut: Synthetic Bone Bone
Nut Width: 41.3mm (1.625'') 42.1mm (1.656'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way 5 Way
Knobs: Bell Bell
Pickup Mods: None None
Volume Controls: 1 1
Tone Controls: 2 2
Bridge Pickup: PRS 635JM "S" (Single Coil / Passive) PRS 635JM (Single Coil / Passive)
Middle Pickup: PRS 635JM "S" (Single Coil / Passive) PRS 635JM (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: PRS 635JM "S" (Single Coil / Passive) PRS 635JM (Single Coil / Passive)