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PRS SE 245 Electric Guitar  
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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 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (12)
    • Practicing (12)
    • Recording (11)
    • Small venues (7)
    • Rock concerts (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (14), 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

    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

        Ask me a question

        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 9 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

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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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                      (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.

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