Well that makes sense. After getting my SE Paul’s guitar I asked tech support if it was the exact same bridge (with brass inserts) as the US model. And they told me it was. So I’m guessing one company is making all the hardware, just in some cases two specs. One for SE and S2 models and one for core models. And in some cases it’s exactly the same. But now I’m wondering about the SE 594 bridge. Haha. Brian said it’s made out of the same materials and same design as the core bridge. So I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s the exact same thing.
Yeah, I forget the name of the company and don’t feel like googling it to sound smart, but I think it’s Haan Chang or something like that. It’s a huge metal fabrication business that makes stuff for all kinds of industries, and as evidenced by their products, they do great work.
But coming from MilCom/Mann and then Excel, and owning and living with several examples of the older trems, when I got a new guitar in 2017 (with a 2016 finish date) I noticed little things that changed.
I poked around and asked questions and instead of PRS saying who made them, they just said one of their “vendors” made them. Eventually I got the skinny from someone who no longer works there but did when they switched.
I became intrigued
(totally not suspicious) when they started putting like, $300 (retail when Excel was still making them) bridges on SE’s that were like, $599.