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PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst 

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Overview

  • Top Wood: Maple Top and Flame Maple Veneer (no veneer on opaque finishes)
  • Back Wood: Thick Mahogany
  • Number of Frets: 22
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $709.66 - $1,000.00
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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
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (11)
    • Practicing (11)
    • Recording (10)
    • Small venues (6)
    • Rock concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13), Novice (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

    VS

    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

    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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 8 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

      Comment on this review

      (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

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 9 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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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Phenomenal QUALITY

                  By dogsbrekky

                  from NY

                  About Me Novice

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

                    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

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice Guitar for the Money

                    By Stratman1

                    from Salem, Wi

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

                      I ordered/purchased this guitar from my local music store in Tortoise Shell. After it arrived I hated the color, but it played so nice that I had to have it. PRS SE's are great guitars for the money. I also own and SE Santana that I love. After replacing the pups to 57 classics, this guitar sounds fantastic through my Marshhall TSL601. My wife solved the color issue for me. I am going to have custom graphics created for it. Our nephew was a U.S. soldier who died in Iraq. I am honoring him with his portrait on this guitar. I can't wait to see the final product.

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great feel and sound

                      By Drastion

                      from Wahpeton ND

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Recording

                      Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

                      Honestly I wasn't sure I was going to like it. My previous favorite being an Ibanez with super thin original wizard neck. Now after playing this really comfortable and well finished neck. The Ibanez feels like I have a cellphone for a neck. The guitar is not heavy but has a nice heft to it that feels great. The wrap around bridge also give a perfectly smooth and comfortable palm rest. Loving this guitar far more than I expected to may be a prs convert now. Really any of the prs se line is a fantastic value for the money. Great fret work great looking finish. Do yourself a favor and try one of these guitars out for yourself.

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                      5.0

                      GREAT mid level guitar

                      By LooseAffiliation

                      from Lincoln, NE

                      About Me Experienced

                      Ask me a question

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Finish
                      • Good Tone
                      • Nice Gig Bag
                      • Price Point
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • Large Se Headstock Logo

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Live Rig
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar:

                      if you are on a budget, this one should be on your short list. it's korean made but the PRS attention to detail still shines thru. this guitar into OCD into AC30 = righteous Classic Rock and Southern Rock tone.

                      I'm completely satisfied.

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