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PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst 

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With a voice that is classic, eminently recordable and gig ready, the SE 245 is perfect for traditional single-cutaway players. The 24-1/2" scale len...Read More

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A traditional single-cutaway given the PRS touch.

With a voice that is classic, eminently recordable and gig ready, the SE 245 is perfect for traditional single-cutaway players. The 24-1/2" scale length makes this instrument instantly comfortable to players who grew up using short scale guitars. Volume and tone controls for each pickup, a 3-way toggle and bird inlays, are all standard appointments. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Top Wood: Maple Top and Flame Maple Veneer (no veneer on opaque finishes)
  • Back Wood: Thick Mahogany
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Scale Length: 24 1/2"
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: Wide Fat
  • Fretboard Inlays: Birds
  • Bridge: PRS Designed Stoptail
  • Tuners: PRS Designed Tuners
  • Truss Rod Cover: "PRS"
  • Hardware Type: Nickel
  • Treble Pickup: PRS Designed SE 245 Treble Humbucker
  • Bass Pickup: PRS Designed SE 245 Bass Humbucker
  • Pickup Switching: Volume and Tone control for each pickup and 3-way toggle pickup selector on upper bout
  • Case sold separately (except Tobacco Sunburst finish, which includes gig bag)

Quality that's uncut, unadulterated. Order the SE 245 today.

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PRSSE 245 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (14)
    • Practicing (14)
    • Recording (13)
    • Small venues (8)
    • Rock concerts (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (15), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Phenomenal QUALITY

    I went to Sxx Axh on W48th in NY today to buy a PRS SE Bernie Marsden but alas they have none in stock and indeed none in the USA.. so I played 14...Read complete review

    I went to Sxx Axh on W48th in NY today to buy a PRS SE Bernie Marsden but alas they have none in stock and indeed none in the USA.. so I played 14 different guitars to kill some time...

    I played 4 different PRS SE guitars, 2 PRS (US) guitars, 2 Shecters, and 4 different USA made Gibson guitars ranging fromn $7xx-$9xxx.. but wow wee.... the QC on the PRS KILLS the Chrysler like QC of the Gibson's, merely GIBSON in name today it seems .... very disappointing for GIBSON but not surprising given South Korea's leap in technology especially for manufacturing.... clearly Paul Reed Smith cares about quality..........

    The best quality of ALL the guitars I played was a $7xx PRS SE 245 Ltd guitar... Rolls Royce quality.. I mean IMPECCABLE, sublime and I should know we manufacture products in S Korea, NYC, LA, Tokyo, India, Australia and China and seriously the Korean quality to price ratio is the best for anything but for guitars even the absolute quality is amazing.... on par or better than USA....

    MY only bug bear was the FAT turkey neck at the base and thin scale at the neck.. drove me nuts but as a lifelong STRAT player it may just be my problem.... also those fliipin birds on the fretboard drove me nuts as I got the extra long scale 12th fret mixed up with the 15th etc... MY BAD.....

    I also liked the PUPS on this puppy, very perky when required and filthy nasty when cranked...

    Startling stuff but when rated I gave the PRS guitars all 90/100 upwards and apart from a 59' Gibson with PERFECT tone, build and WEIGHT none of the USA Gibsons, Schecters, ESP etc could come close to the PRS...

    The USA made PRS were even a notch higher.. great stuff.. but pricey.. but for $5xx-$7xx check out a PRS SE KOREAN (Sth) made axe... great stuff

    but this is a guitar for blues, rock, jazz NOT speedy HEAVY METAL...the FAT Turkey neck takes some speed out of the equation...........

    I also liked the Schecter Solo 6 Custom but some of the finish came off in my hands in a simple 10 minute session

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Easy on the eyes..just a one night fling

    I was initially struck by how similar this model is to a 1990 model Les Paul Studio I owned and learned to play on. I immediately felt at home on the PRS. Now comes...Read complete review

    I was initially struck by how similar this model is to a 1990 model Les Paul Studio I owned and learned to play on. I immediately felt at home on the PRS. Now comes the bad part and the reason I'm writing this review. I played this guitar maybe four times and on the forth time and in front of an audience, I got no sound from the bridge pickup. Musician's Friend allowed me to return it for credit because it was after the 45 day return period (only by a few weeks). This experience has left me feeling skeptical of PRS imports. I've played for 25+ years and never had a guitar die on me like that let alone one that's brand new.

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    5.0

    Can't beat this guitar for the price

    By Bluzpickr

    from Alabama

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Looks
    • Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Regular Gigs

      Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

      When I first played thus guitar, I couldn't believe it was an import. To me, this one is a game changer as far as American vs imports. This guitar is as good or even better than quite a few American models, and the price is incredible for such a quality instrument.

      With a few modifications, this guitar can hold its own with others that cost 3 times as much. It took a while to get used to the short scale, but once I got the setup right it plays like it was made for my hands.

      The modifications I made were 3 basic ones. First, I replaced the factory nut with a graphite and put on heavier gage strings (Ernie Ball cobalt 10-46). 2nd, I replaced the pots with Duncan Malmsteens. But the really biggest and most important mod was switching out the factory pickups with a pair of Seymour Duncan alnico 2 pro Slash set. These pickups are low output, but deliver some of the sweetest tone you can get.

      With these mods, this guitar can stand toe to toe with a Les Paul standard. Right off the rack, it is nicer than a LP studio.

      PRS knocked it out of the park with an import like this one and it should serve warning to some other companies who are using their name to justify their higher prices.

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      5.0

      A steal for the quality

      By ebg3600

      from Maryland

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Only A Few Paint Choices

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

      I am a guitar collector and i own about 15 guitars, 3 of which are PRS SE's. These guitars have unbelievable quality for the price.I own a Gibson Les Paul Studio, and in my opinion, the PRS plays better, sounds better, and performs better.I wish there was a wider variety of colors but beggars cant be choosers.If anyone is looking into buying a Gibson, I highly recommend you go out of your way to play with guitar,I think you'll be suprised and choose this over Gibson.

      Note: (I have only compared this to a Les Paul Studio, I have not compared it to the higher models such as the standard or the traditional.)

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      5.0

      Unbelievable guitar for the price

      By Bluzpickr

      from Alabama

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

          I recently purchased this guitar from a friend for peanuts. He brought it by and asked what I thought of it. I pulled it out of the case (unlike the gig bag which comes with it 'extra charge', this one had a nice hardshell case) and I plugged it into the closest amp (in this case, a Carvin V3) and the tone was excellent even with the factory pickups, but the main thing about this guitar was that the neck felt like it was made just for my hands. The picture on the site doesn't do this guitar justice, because it looks so much better. I know this is a Korean made "budget" PRS, but you wouldn't know it when you play it. I'm ordering a set of Seymour Duncan Slash humbuckers for it, installing a graphite nut (its true that the factory nut is too small for 10s), and making a few more slight modifications. The only Les Pauls I would ever buy would be a real LP standard or custom, and frankly, I think both are over priced. For me, this PRS plays just as good as my old LP custom, and once its moddded like I want it, I won't even be thinking about purchasing another les Paul for quite a while. IMO, for the money, there isn't another guitar out there that can touch this one. Believe me, this guitar is a steal.

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          5.0

          SE245 Tobbaco Sunburst

          By Ezekiel

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

          I purchased the SE245 in tobbaco sunburst. Let me first just say, I am blown away with this instrument. The sound is superior to any other guitars that I have played so far. The kick of the sound is amazing. The only problem I have encountered is a little fret buzz, but with a quick change of strings and a little set up, this thing kicks some major butt!

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          5.0

          What an Amazing Guitar!!!

          By LCP

          from Caracas, Venezuela

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

            I just had to pass by and enter my review for this guitar because is such an amazing Guitar for the price!. In fact, i just bought it 4 days ago and i have to say this: This is actually an extremely well made Guitar!. I was looking for a solid body guitar with humbuckers but somehow i didn´t wanted to go with the typical Les Paul. So, i checked this guitar out, readed some reviews on the internet and finally went down to my local music store and bought it right there at the spot!.

            There are two things that really caught my attention on this guitar. The first one is that it´s so well made. I mean , i have 8 guitars already from different brands and everything from the finish to the parts and the wood of the instrument is well assembled. The second aspect of it was it´s sound!. It truly sounds amazing!. I am a huge fan of Slash´s Guitar Tone and i have to say that this guitar sound just like an Standard Gibson Les Paul. Yes it´s true!, I have played many Gibsons in the past and this PRS 245 really change my way of thinking about guitar brands and inexpensive guitar models.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Sound and Feel.

            By krono45

            from Eau Claire, WI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Best Sound In Price Range
            • Great Bass Tones
            • Quiet And Deadly Pickups
            • Solid Vintage Clean Tones

            Cons

            • Blurred Body
            • Minor Fret Buzz Issues

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

            I purchased this guitar used (I got an awesome deal), so my experience might be a little different from someone buying it new.

            Right away, I noticed that instead of the lines parallel to the bridge in the body patterns that I saw in the picture, it had blurry lines parallel to the strings. This may be because it was an older used model but I was a little disappointed by that.

            The frets had a little buzz. I'm not experienced with the sound of a lot of different guitars, but there was definitely buzz, though I couldn't hear it in the amp.

            Overall, I loved the sound of the guitar except for a couple times I noticed high frets sounding tinny and worn down, which may have been from the previous owner's use.

            I recommend this guitar to anyone who, like me, can't afford the high end Gibson, PRS or Carvin models and wants a nice guitar to practice with for a few years. It records and plays live great, it's just not quite a professional's instrument. I see guitarists like Fredrik Akkeson using these on tour and to me it's an indicator that they're quality guitars that lose a lot less value on a tour, but at the same time they probably would not use an SE in the studio for their next album.

            Bottom Line: Stop reading these reviews, you know you want it, just go for it! I don't think you would regret buying this guitar. I did get a chance to play a couple of them in music shops before buying, which I would highly recommend doing if there are any in your area.

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            (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good guitar

            By sjc588

            from Fincastle, Va

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Does Not Come With A Case

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • School Bands

            Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

            Good guitar at the price, but however, it does not include a case, Guitars at this price should come with a case

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Even better than I expected

            By nobody special

            from Tokyo, Japan

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Haven't Dicovered Any Yet

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

            I had been wanting a Gibson Les Paul for years and played many lesser guitars Telecaster copies and epi Les Pauls but could never justify the cost then I discovered the PRS se245 I bought mine used level 2 from MF The Tobacco burst on mine is darker than pictured and is one of the most beautiful Guitars I've seen at any price the fit and finish is smooth with no jagged edges on the frets and no fret buzz or pick up noise. A great value and a fantastic guitar that I would recommend to anyone. Thanks Musicians friend

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            (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Easy on the eyes..just a one night fling

            By jamlabor

            from pittsburgh

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

                  I was initially struck by how similar this model is to a 1990 model Les Paul Studio I owned and learned to play on. I immediately felt at home on the PRS. Now comes the bad part and the reason I'm writing this review. I played this guitar maybe four times and on the forth time and in front of an audience, I got no sound from the bridge pickup. Musician's Friend allowed me to return it for credit because it was after the 45 day return period (only by a few weeks). This experience has left me feeling skeptical of PRS imports. I've played for 25+ years and never had a guitar die on me like that let alone one that's brand new.

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome Guitar for a Good Price

                  By Rbudding

                  from Iowa

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

                        I actually own a Gibson Les Paul standard, but I wanted a guitar that I could heavily customize and play without worrying about a scratch or a ding here or there. Pickups are good and very versatile. The tuners could stand to be switched out, I am going to put in locking ones. I absolutely love the smaller scale length. Really great.

                        This guitar deserves to be checked out

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