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PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

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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 finge...Click To Read More About This Product

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Light and airy with sting and snap.

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 mahogany body has a "canoe carve" with hollow wings and solid mahogany in the center from the tailpiece to the neck join. The addition of a hollow chamber and modern sound hole give it a musical midrange and internal reverb, making it a very light, comfortable, and versatile electric 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
  • Moon 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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4.8

(based on 36 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Value

Unless you are an overly subjective weenie and your (obviously entirely too generous) girlfriend doesn't know enough about you to appease your passionately awful aesthetic taste, you really can't go wrong with this...Read complete review

Unless you are an overly subjective weenie and your (obviously entirely too generous) girlfriend doesn't know enough about you to appease your passionately awful aesthetic taste, you really can't go wrong with this guitar for the price.- First off, it's light as a feather. I was very surprised at how light-weight this guitar was, while still being able to possess such truly outstanding sustain.- While the neck shape itself is as subjective to each individual's taste as the looks are, the quality of the craftsmanship (and with the whole guitar) is something that can not be argued. A+ considering the dollar amount, flawless neck with a great silky feel. Flawless finish as well.- The sound is amazing, depending on what you are looking for. To my ear, this guitar has a unique voice of it's own.. and that voice screams versatility. If I had to pick one word to describe it, it would be "Clarity".It's capable of the full-bodied tones you would expect from a semi-hollow electric, but it's also able to project either a bit more spank or a bit more jangle if you are so inclined.It seems at home no matter what style of music I'm playing (which is anything but the most extreme of metal). If you are checking the reviews on this guitar, more than likely you already like the way it looks. As someone who has one, I'd just like to go on record and say 'Wait 'till you hear it!'In this price range, I'm not certain that there is a better quality guitar.

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I despise the way this thing looks.

This was a birthday gift from the better half and I must say that there is no way she could have picked an uglier guitar. The problem is the lousy pickguard on the natural...Read complete review

This was a birthday gift from the better half and I must say that there is no way she could have picked an uglier guitar. The problem is the lousy pickguard on the natural finish model, I am ashamed to be seen in public with this turd. An uglier combination I have yet to see.Yes I like the neck and the way it plays but I do not like the way it feels against me, rather awkward. I wish I could get rid of this thing as I will never play it but I cannot without offending a wonderful woman. I will stick to my CIJ Strat and my Godin Velocity.

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5.0

I'm getting it

By SKL

from West Virginia

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The guitar store in my town has the Blue Matteo finished one. This guitar is truly amazing. The playability is very nice, the neck is its best feature, its near perfect. Next to that the body, its warm, its like my Gibson. I have a Gibson Les Paul Standard Double Cut. The difference with this body is the upper horn is extended. The electronics are the same too, Hum-Hum, master vol, master tone, three way switch. I'm going to buy this guitar once I save up some cash (I blew some of it buying new pedals). Once I get it, I'm going to replace the tuning keys, the pickups, and probably coil-tap them. I'm actually reluctant to replace the pickups because they sound great. Who knows, the only thing I'm sure of is I'm buying this guitar.

 
5.0

The Best - Period!!!

By the prof-1oZ4N

from New Orleans

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Over the last 35 years, I have been playing the trade up game with local guitar shops. Yesterday, I went in to buy a Les Paul knock-off - the knock off was quite good and I had fully intended to spend no more time in the store than what it took to grab it off the wall, pay and walk out. As I arrived at the check out, I found myself listening to someone playing in the "high end" room. I strolled in, saw a customer playing a PRS SE Custom semi-hollow body and got back in line wondering if I would ever break down and buy a PRS. I mentioned to the salesman that I hoped one day to have enough disposable cash to buy a PRS. When he informed me that the "LP" in my hand was only slightly cheaper than the PRS, I put the "LP" down, bolted back into the PRS room. As soon as the customer placed it back up on the hook I grabbed it, paid and rushed home to play it. I literally have not put it down since. This is truly a great guitar - broad, colorful tones, lightweight and with a beautiful finish to boot. At this point, I do not intend to replace the machine heads, pick-ups or anything else. Truly a gem straight from the factory floor. And that's how it should be. Just buy one, shut up, and play your guitar.

 
5.0

cool guitar

By FAFtone music

from Hollywood, CA

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First of all, I really dig the guitar. I have always wanted a PRS. It's tone and playability are great. It's lightweight so a three hour gig can be done without the aches and pains my 335 inflicts upon me. The guitar is very versatile, which is why I bought it. She really sings, and looks great doing it. Now for the negative...I use heavier strings. So I had to file the nut to accomadate the heavier set. The nut itself is not the greatest. I will replace it. The tuning machines aren't the greatest, either. I will be using the Grover 406 g locking tuning machines to fix that problem. They also do not make SE stoptails in gold, which would compliment the natural finish better. But overall, I am very happy with the guitar. It is not a Hollowbody I/II carved semi, but hey, for the price, I am really pleased. Once all the modifications are in place, I am all set!I definitely recommend it.

 
5.0

awesome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I tested this out and my local music store and its awesome. It sounds great acoustic or plugged in. recommend it to anyone

 
5.0

Great sound & value

By PRSonic

from Westchester NY

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This guitar is an incredible buy at its price. The workmanship and appearance is clean. I ran this guitar through a Roland Jazz amp and Peavy 5150. The sound clean and clear for all my settings. I have used it for a week straight and it is comfortable to play.

 
5.0

A go to guitar

By Phillip-t5I2v

from Topeka, KS

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This guitar is truly amazing. I got mine last summer when they still had the blue. This guitar is one of my main go to guitars. I can get just about any sound I want out of it. Mine plays and feels just like the more expensive models. The only thing that I would suggest to mod on this guitar would be to get strap locks. That is all I had to do. I did however also raised the pickups closer to the strings in order to get a more heavy metal sound when needed. The guitar was setup perfectly for me right out of the box. In short this guitar is a great axe to add to your collection.

 
5.0

Smooth as Butter

By PRSFan

from Tampa, FL

I have had this guitar for about a year and a half I feel now that I am able to write a informed review. This is only my second guitar but what a great second guitar it is. First it looks great (I have the black one) and the quality in the finish is wonderful. Its no high-end PRS but then your not paying three grand. The sound is great you will not be disappointed. When plugged into a tube amp oh goodness I almost cried. The clean is heavenly and if you roll back the volume it almost sounds acoustic. Then kick in some gain/distortion and you will be amazed. Only complaint is I have just put some .011s on it and the G string is having some trouble staying in tune once you start to play.

 
5.0

Great Value in a Superior Quality Guitar

By Vince-PvzAn

from St. Louis, MO

The PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow is simple an amazing guitar for the price. Primarily a bass player I've been picking the guitar back up with a small quintet here in St. Louis and wanted a new guitar. Something that played very well, looked nice, had great sound and would not break the bank.I played a ton of guitars, read reviews and talked to a lot of guitarists in the area. I just couldn't find something I liked. Then I came across the PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow. WOW! They are hard to find to be sure ? but finally a store here got one in. I went to play it and was blown away.It has GREAT tone. That is the first thing. Rich, full sound but can also scream when playing hard rock or shredding. The neck is such a joy to hold and play I can't describe it in a review you have to experience it. It?s light but feels well built. The piezo sound you can get (go to YouTube and search for PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow and watch the demo video) isn't as easy to come by as they make it seem but it is OK. It does NOT have a bridge/piezo pickup but you can fake the sound.I didn't like the look of the zebra style pickups look but I've gotten used to it. The only thing missing that would make this guitar a LEGEND would be locking tuners. I absolutely LOVE this guitar. What a great instrument for the price.

 
5.0

Best Semi-Hollow under $1500

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I was looking for an economical semi-hollow with humbuckers. I looked for weeks and I had actually found a nice used one and was on my way to go buy it and they had just sold it. I went looking and found this guitar and played it and was happy that the other one had been sold. Overdriven, this guitar rocks. The humbuckers are great for the money, the wood and workmanship are far better than any other guitar I've played under $1500. This is an incredibly playing, incredible sounding guitar. Team it with a Carbon Copy and 65 Twin Reverb and you you can only imagine the possibilities.

 
5.0

Great Sounding/Playing Ax

By Jeff

from Hammond, IN

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I have been playing for 25+ years. In my electric arsenal, I presently own 2 American Strats with different pups in each, an American Deluxe Tele, a Brian Moore, and a Hohner Reno. The Tele was my favorite until I added this guitar. It plays fantastic and sounds even better. The construction & paint job are first class. The stock pups sound great through my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. Clean or dirty, this ax can keep up with anything out there. Now I play this as much as my Tele and more than my Strats. Absoluely love it. The only thing I wish it had is coil splitting. More than worth money. I would buy it again in a heart beat.

 
4.0

Decent Semi-Hollow for the $$$

By Pappy

from Great Southwest Deserts

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I've been looking for a decent mid price Semihollow body guitar to add up my collection. I already own a PRS SE ONE. It's a nice little bare bones guitar that is fun to play and has a decent build quality. I like the SE ONE, so I decided to go w/ this PRS SE.I got the black one. Nice build. Looks pretty.It came strung w/ either .009's, or maybe even .008'sWay to loosey goosey for me. I put a .010 string set on it the first day I had it. The tuners on my little SE ONE are okay, but the ones that came on this SE Semi hollow suck. I will change them as soon as reasonably possible. Action is okay, just hard to keep it in tune. I suspect the tuners. The Pickups are okay, but they too will be changed in the near future, along w/ the wiring and electronic components.Over all, as purchased and delivered, a shakey 4. This guitar is nice and fun to play, but not as great as I thought it would be.I'll bring it to my next practice & see how it performs. That will tell the tale.I own a couple Les Pauls, a few Fenders, a nice Firebird V and the little SE ONE I mentioned earlier. I've been playing on and off for neigh on 40 years and this is my first venture in to the hollow body realm.

 
5.0

Go for it!!!

By lawrence715757

from stevens point, wi

Ok, just received this beauty in the mail today, and let me tell you...this baby is beautiful! Really one of the most attractive and comfortable guitars i own...fender strats, gibson les paul, ibanez...this puppy blows them out of the water! first off, its light...roughly 6 to 7 pounds, so you can play a long show while sparing your shoulders. the sound is incredible, playing through a marshall half stack... the tone can go from soft blue, to an acoustic sound, to distorted heavy metal and it keeps up! go for it, you will not be let down, and im positive this beauty will impress you totally!

 
4.0

Unbeatable for under $650.00

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a wonderful guitar for the money. I've owned it for about seven months and have yet to experience the tuning problems described in some other reviews. Perhaps this because I use .010s and live in the Southwest. In fact, the thing has stayed in tune for weeks on end without having been touched. The instrument is good for blues and you can achieve some jazzy tones by rolling down the tone. Higher gain (I'm using a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe) will require a bit of compression. Also, a Tube Screamer will go a long way towards achieving acceptable distorted tones. Most importantly, the thing is just fun to play, even unplugged. I own a high end Strat among others guitars and find I'm grabbing the SE Custom most frequently. It should be noted that if one were to seriously gig with this the tuners may need replacing and the pickups probably won't be satisfactory for all playing situations.

 
5.0

Something beautiful

By 7890

from Texas

Its a great guitar, everything is great about it but I have only one problem and that is catching the perfect acoustic sound. To capture that sound I have to turn down the volume of the guitar with the combination of both pick-ups and even running it through a Roland-120 watt Jazz Chours it is still to quite and turning it up takes away the acoustic sound. Great play action and light weight. It screams like buzz-saw with my metal zone. It has the sustain of a les paul. PRS did a great job but they should have worked on the pick-ups alittle more.

 
5.0

Great Value

By Tom Tuttle

from Tacoma

Unless you are an overly subjective weenie and your (obviously entirely too generous) girlfriend doesn't know enough about you to appease your passionately awful aesthetic taste, you really can't go wrong with this guitar for the price.- First off, it's light as a feather. I was very surprised at how light-weight this guitar was, while still being able to possess such truly outstanding sustain.- While the neck shape itself is as subjective to each individual's taste as the looks are, the quality of the craftsmanship (and with the whole guitar) is something that can not be argued. A+ considering the dollar amount, flawless neck with a great silky feel. Flawless finish as well.- The sound is amazing, depending on what you are looking for. To my ear, this guitar has a unique voice of it's own.. and that voice screams versatility. If I had to pick one word to describe it, it would be "Clarity".It's capable of the full-bodied tones you would expect from a semi-hollow electric, but it's also able to project either a bit more spank or a bit more jangle if you are so inclined.It seems at home no matter what style of music I'm playing (which is anything but the most extreme of metal). If you are checking the reviews on this guitar, more than likely you already like the way it looks. As someone who has one, I'd just like to go on record and say 'Wait 'till you hear it!'In this price range, I'm not certain that there is a better quality guitar.

 
5.0

Jack of all trades.

By whitgift

from Little Rock, Arkansas

this is truly a wonderful instrument. i got mine last year in april for about 520$ at guitar center brand new. the best color is tobacco sunburst which isn't available here. this beaut will span genre to genre with ease. i play a little bit of everything but mainly progressive music. if your looking for a jack of all trades I'd say this is the best deal for the money. try and look around at other places for better colors/prices. GL

 
5.0

Unmatched sound in price bracket

By TONEDOCTOR

from BAY AREA CA

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Ok, I was in my local guitar store the other day picking up some strings when I saw it. I have been waiting literally 6 months since first hearing about it's release to get my hands on one and try it. My main axe is PRS Singlecut Trem, and I'm not gonna sit here and compare the two. My guitar costs thousands, this one is cheaper... but here's the thing, this is a sweetheart guitar. It plays like butter, feels even nicer, and sounds even better than that. I want one lol, but my money just went into an Ashdown Fallen Angel for a backup amp... maybe soon

 
5.0

PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollowbody

By Valascia

from Dover, DE

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I've played a few PRS models looking for one that I could afford and yet had that same PRS sound. I wasn't even looking at the SE line but after trying a Mira a sales person recommended I try out the SE hollow body. I was floored. This guitar had the sound I was looking for. I would never say it is on the same level as a Custom 24 (oh to dream) but for a guitar in this price range, this fills my needs to a tee and then some. There are some sites out there that will beat on the new PRS line and especially their SE line but don't let that persuade you. Give the guitar a listen and I am sure you will be sold. I have found nothing to complain about in the finish or quality of the instrument. Were this a perfect world I would prefer a tune-o-matic bridge to the PRS hardtail, but the one I have was set-up well and I have no intonation issues. The woody sound and mid to high range fits my style perfectly.

 
5.0

Couldn't Be Happier!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've played a lot of guitars--Les Pauls, SGs, Fenders, Ibanezes, etc. This, however, is by far the best guitar I've heard or played. The tone is impeccable, the action is crazy low, and its build is flawless. I love this guitar and will cherish it forever. I urge all, regardless of musical style, to buy this incredible guitar.

 
4.0

near top quality for little $

By he whom we never mention

from Washington State

I purchased this guitar about 5 months ago. It came with a bit of a fret buzz but this was addressed by my tech rather quickly. (seems the 12th was not quite hammered down properly) Since then I couldn't be happier with the playability. I intend on changing out the pick-ups (I find them a bit thin) and eventually the tuners. (PRS did skimp on a few details to keep the price low) but I am very happy with this ax and after showing it around to some other players, I can honestly say I have sold 3 more.

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