Opeth are metal giants with an almost cult-like fanbase and it seems another member has been added to the cult. Paul Reed Smith of PRS Guitars is proud to announce 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 the guitar plus read more about its details on the official Paul Reed Smith website.