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PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

 
- - The SE Custom Semi-Hollow has the same basic appointments as the SE Custom - mahogany back, maple top, 22-fret wide-fat mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and SE humbucking pickups. The addition of a hollow chamber and modern f-hole give it a musical midrange and internal reverb making this a very light, comfortable and versatile guitar. - Features - - BODY: - Maple top and flame maple veneer with mahogany back - Semi-hollow body with single sound hole - NECK: - 25" scale length 22 fret mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard - Bird inlays - Wide-fat neck carve - HARDWARE: - PRS designed stoptail - PRS designed tuners - Pickguard - ELECTRONICS: - PRS designed treble and bass humbucking pickups - Volume and tone control - 3-way toggle pickup selector


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Great sounding guitar but make sure you like the way it plays.

Sound The PRS SE guitars ("SE" stands for "Student Edition") are made in Korea and are intended to bring PRS guitars down to a price point where student or non-professional guitarist can afford a PRS guitar. Personally, I have never been a fan of PRS guitars but had an extraordinary opportunity to acquire this guitar for an outstanding deal at a time when I happened to be looking for another semi-hollow guitar. There are simple controls: a single volume, single tone, and a three-way pickup selector switch. The guitar has the PRS "Wide-Fat" neck profile that I simply can't get along with. The string spacing seems to be wider than any other guitar I've played and that has the effect of throwing off my playing and making it inconsistent. The guitar has a fixed-wrap around bridge, 22 frets, and seems to be otherwise stable while being incredibly light in weight. The guitar also comes with a nicker-than average gig bag with ample padding and plenty of storage space.

Here's the dilemma I have about this guitar. While I don't like the way the guitar plays, there's no denying that the guitar sounds wonderfully, both acoustically and amplified. Because it is so light in weight I could see playing the guitar all night and covering a wide style of music. The guitar has a single modern-shaped "F" hole that provides a unique tonal signature. I'd like to be able to echo my displeasure playing the guitar in listening to the guitar, but that's just not the case. The guitar sounds great and I don't know that I've heard a guitar at this price point sound this good.

The pickups are zebra non-descriptive "PRS Designed" SE pickups. I'm not sure if they're modeled after production PRS pickups, but there's no denying that to my ear they sound wonderful. Aside from the fact that it, being a semi-hollow, obviously feeds back on higher gain settings, there's not a tone I could not coax out of this guitar, from crystal cleans to cheap dirt to 70's rock, 80's hard rock, and contemporary metal. While it's not well-suited for metal, I can see it easily being an ideal "all-in-one" guitar for gigging musicians.


Action, Fit, & Finish The guitar is well-built and as noted the gig bag that came with the guitar is better than gig bags than I've received from both Fender and Gibson. PRS has a great reputation for seeing that their QC for their overseas guitars are on par with their custom shop guitars and in this respect I feel they've done an admirable job.


Reliability & Durability I would gig it without a backup--I've never had any issues with it and it still looks like new.


Customer Support Never had to deal with them.


Liked about it Great-looking semi-hollow--almost hard to discern that it's not a solid-body.
Great-sounding, both acoustically and electrified.
Extremely light weight--easy on the shoulders and back.


Didn't like The neck is uncomfortable.
The string spacing caused me to continue to make simple mistakes.


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.5

By racerevlon
Oct 17, 2012
 
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