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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 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 soundhole
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
Electroncs:
  • PRS-designed treble and bass humbucking pickups
  • Volume and tone control
  • 3-way toggle pickup selector

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PRSSE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Flawless Craftsmanship and Hardwares

By Binesh Maharjan

from Washington, DC

Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

Throughout my guitar playing years, I have played lot of guitars and owned bunch (some high ends). I have never had any guitars that I liked instantly. I always needed some time to find my tone and get used to it. This my friends is the 1st of a kind that I loved as soon as I opened the box and played it. It didn't even need to tune out of the box. Flawless craftsmanship and top notch hardware. Very versatile and incredible sound. You can play this guitar in any genre of music from jazz to rock. I have never played a guitar with humbuckers that has such a bite to it. Pickups are crazy good. When you lower the volume little, clean sound becomes accoustic guitar sound. I highly recommend this guitar to all.
Fantastic! Pickups in this guitar are so verstile. Those humbuckers have great bite and resonate with superb clarity.
Flawless wood work. I was little bit worried when I read some reviews saying that it had big fat neck as I haven't played that many fat neck guitars. Much to my surprise, the fat neck is actually amazingly comfortable. Trust me on this. This is coming from a guy who play mostly in Ibanez Prestige neck.
I have owned and played some high-ends Gibson and Fender. For the price, this guitar put most of them in dust.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible!

By Josh Parker

from Morehead, KY

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Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

You are not going to find a better guitar for the money...period! Everything is perfect on this guitar, from the attention to detail on every little part, to the hardware, its way better than what I was expecting. If I had to be extremely nit picky, I would say that the heel pocket could be a little better so you can get up to the 22nd fret a little easier, but it is still very easy to get there, and myself coming off of a Les Paul to this, it is a HUGE improvement! I would recommend anyone looking for an extremely good and very versitile guitar in this price range, BUY THIS!
Well, this guitar is very simple, which for me is the way that I like it, but the pickups are really good. And the stock tuners are really good as well, and the bridge design is amazing, its very comfortable, and the string does not move. Plus if you use both pickups and bring the volume down to around 4 or so on the guitar, it gives it almost a piezo quality.
The craftsman ship on this guitar or at least the one I got, is out of this world. It completely blew me away the second that I started playing it. Oh and let me say that the pictures of this guitar really don't do it justice if you haven't seen it in real life, it is beautiful!
If I hadn't looked at the price tag on this guitar before I started playing it, I easily would have though this guitar to be around the 1,500 - 2,000 range. It is really just stunning. PRS really went over the top with this guitar. But I have never played one of the really expensive PRS's so it just makes me wonder, if this one is this good, how good are they?!

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good basic workhorse!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

Under the features-rating, i only give 4 points, but that's just because it doesn't have a bunch of unnecessary stuff. I must say that the lack of extraneous features is one of the things I like about this model. Most times we don't want (or need) whammy-bars, extra tone knobs, exotic woods or super sleek styling. This guitar has good pickups that cover a broad spectrum of tones, will drive the front end of a tube amp adequately and it's easy to operate. The tailpiece / bridge intonates fairly well. It makes string-changing easy, fast, & hassle-free. The tuning machines are pretty smooth and stay put nicely. I like the wide fat neck, but that's a personal thing. You might have different preferences depending on your style, hands and experience.The guitar is not too heavy, which I really like, since that makes a long gig easier on my shoulders and back. (did that give away my age?) It stays in tune, plays easily and sounds good. Nowadays, I figure 7 bills for such a thing is a fair price. If you want a lightweight no-frills workhorse for playing several styles of music, this is a good one to check out. If you want gizmos & gadgets, endless complex subtle tone variations, brutal output for ridiculous distortion of metal mayhem, you probably want some other model. I think this is a well-built, versatile yet simple guitar. The few minor things I might ask to change wouldn't improve it much, and they are mostly subjective personal things anyway. Overall, a good honest guitar at a fair price.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PRS SE Custom S-H guitar review

By MWNJ

from Northern NJ/NY Metro Area

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Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

Love it! Very playable, and versatile. Initially I just plugged the PRS straight into a Fender Champ, just to see what it can do without any effects. Fantastic! Nice range of tones. Then I started adding a few stompboxes to see how it would perform - again Fantastic! It's a great guitar. You can cover many styles with this axe.
The beauty is in the simplicity! 3-way toggle switch, volume and tone controls, 2 pickups. That's it, and they work well together. Out of the box - stays in tune even with the factory strings. "Broke in" very quickly.
For the money, this a great quality instrument. I have other guitars (from Gibson, Fender, Ibanez) that were 2x or 3x the price of this PRS, and I would say the quality of workmanship and components is equal to, if not better, than the more expensive guitars.
Again - for the money, you can't touch this PRS when comparing the value-for-price-paid with other vendors (although I would put Ibanez as a close 2nd place).

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By PLM

from Austin TX

Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

I owned a 1968 Gibson ES335 for about 20 years. Dearly loved the thing and she stayed with me longer than any woman, dog or car. When times got really tough I had to let it go, but ever since then I was looking for something to take its place.Since I couldn't justify owning another one, I tried the PRS Semi Hollow SE. Having owned a Tremonti SE I was familiar with, and impressed by, the quality built into PRS Korean models. This guitar is no exception. The wide neck feels fairly true to the Gibsons I've owned (4 Les Pauls) and the guitar is actually easier to play well than most of those. Fit and finish is very good, although not quite excellent, and the hardware package is somewhat better than adequate. The only weak spot is the pickups, which seem a bit airy for my taste- nowhere near the ballsy tone of the LPs, or the clarity of the '57s on the 335.All in all though, a fine low-mid level guitar, and well worht the price.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beyond Expectations

By Norman Granville

from Lockport NY

Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

The moment i took the SE Custom out of the box and held it in my hand it just felt right. I have never held a guitar that was so well balanced and add to that the neck feels so natural in your hands like it was costom made. This is now my 5th guitar and i wont go down the road of tearing the other ones down...but i will tell you the SE Custom is now my go to guitar.
Looking at the SE Custom you dont see a lot of bells and whistles...knobs or switches. That is the beauty of the SE...I truly did not expect the range in tones and sounds from the SE. You have the ability to go from a deep heavy growl to a soft sultry jazz tone on the fly.
When you are buying on a small budget there is always the feeling you will be sacrificing quality. NOT true with the SE Custom...i have a good friend of mine who plays in 2 working local bands at the moment that has asked me if he can use the SE at his next gig.
Anytime you hear somebody talk about PRS Guitars the conversation always includes quality. When you can buy a PRS Guitar in this price range you can count on getting good value for your hard earned money.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible!!

By ALIEN ROCKER-x4Dhe

from Roswell, NM.

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Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

I have and have had nice Gibsons and Fender products. They are all great guitars but can put you in the poor house if your not careful. The craftmanship and playability on this PRS is second to none. The first time I played it was through a Fender Deville 4x10 and it almost brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't put it down but the sales guy was very patient. All in all, if you are just starting or are a seasoned player, this guitar will not dissapoint.
Light weight, Easy fret access, well balanced.
Very well done for an import, didn't find any flaws in the finish at all. The PUPs are plenty powerful and smooth out real nice when rolled back. My only complaint is that the pots are a bit noisey during adjustment.
Awesome value!!! Keeps up with guitars 3 and 4 times the cost.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

In Love With This Guitar

By Tiger Lily

from Berkshires, MA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing guitar since I taught myself 50 years ago. This guitar plays like a much more expensive instrument. Coupled with my Fender Tube DeVille amp, it'll play any style I want. I play blues, funk, rock and reggae, and this works for everything. I was surprised by the speedy action and great feel of the neck and fretboard. I have a variety of other guitars and the only one I like as much as this is my old Gibson. Because this one is light and easy to play, it's my new go-to guitar.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love this guitar!

    By Ge0ph

    from Jackpot, Nevada

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      I've been playing guitar for over 40 years and I have played a lot of different guitars from low end to top of the line. This is my all time favorite guitar to play. It just feels right and it's plain fun to play.

      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's everything you're hoping it is.

      By DudeBro

      from Pennsylvania

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      Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is feather light (a nice contrast to my Les Pauls.) The pickups are hot and very clean. It has the bite that you need sometimes, and the clean smooth sound that you need as well. PLayed great out of the box, even with stock strings and setup, felt smooth as silk. I wouldn't say it's a looker, necessarily, but if it's sound you are after, you can't go wrong. I like this better than any of my Les Pauls.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Stunning!!

      By modest_in_oly

      from Olympia

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      Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      As a player of 20 years, I have played just about everything, owned just about everything and would say I have a pretty good appreciation of what a guitar should be for the money....I didn't expect this to be so fantastic. It isn't a carved top,the flame is a veneer application but that's it, without the bells and whistles the quality of playability on this is equal to and usually surpasses anything I have played from ALL the big name US companies in recent years. It seems Korea may be the new Japan. As a sprayer and former QC guy I found no oddities in the finish, fretwork is amazing, mahogany has a nice clean grain, natural binding is flawless, no overspray. Pickups will be replaced as I have my set of custom favorites, although after 2.5 months I haven't swapped them out yet. Anything from Blues to More melodic Metal works fantastic. Super low action helps with the wide neck. The heel is a bit of a disapointment, but I get around it on my flower Jem. I think I'm out of characters.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sound and feeling guitar!!!

      By Tacogk

      from florida

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great value for the money
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        I ordered this guitar right after I sold my Fender american select HSS. This guitar is less than half the price of the fender when bought new and plays twice as good IMPO. The guitars action was a little high for me when I first received it. I made a slight adjustment and this thing plays great! I ended up purchasing the natural finish just because I wanted something a little bit different looking from my other guitars. I couldn't be happier, it has a very nice look to it and the fit and finish on it is top notch. Great craftsmanship for a mid-price range guitar. this guitar is very light. It is easy on the shoulders and doesnt bother me when I stand up and play it for hours. Currently I am playing through a Digitech RP1000 and a fender blues Jr and couldnt be happier with the tones I am able to get out of it.

        I would suggest trying one for yourself before you buy another guitar. Don't let the SE on the headstock turn you away. This thing plays and sounds as good, if not better than a lot of guitars costing twice as much.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        100% Satisfied

        By L4ND0N

        from Charlotte, NC

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          For the price, this guitar is as close as you can get to the BEST without breaking the bank. Very light, red finish is beautiful, & sounds AMAZING plugged in or not.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          All around perfect Semi

          By BoBeck

          from Beaufort, SC

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            Just starting back with guitar since high school (1986) I searched for the "perfect" axe for weeks. There were at least 10 plus that fit what I was looking.
            I decided on the PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow because of the reputation that PRS has had with their products as a whole. I loved the looks of the guitar and I could not find a negative against it anywhere. To top it off, Musician'sFriend had a deal where I picked it up for an unbelieveable price. What a steal.

            I play it with a Fender Mustang IV and it can handle all 100 channels with perfect tone. I am practicing chords again and I find myself just strummimg for minutes to just hear the crisp perfect tone sound. The axe is real easy to play and I would recommend it to anyone whom is just starting to experienced rockers.

            I have no regrets here and in fact, I am looking to pick up the PRS Hollowbody II with the Blue Crab finish. PRS builds beautiful pieces of art!!

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tremendous Value ...

            By Brian

            from Reading, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Equal To High End Guitars
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Value
            • Solid Electronics
            • Very playable
            • Well-balanced

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

              This guitar plays as well as many higher-end models producing a warm, clear tone. Extremely well-balanced guitar that is very comfortable to play standing as well. Highly recommend as a 'next level' guitar for those looking to upgrade from their initial guitar.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar!

              By Somanyguitars NJ

              from Clarksburg NJ

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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 Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                Glad I got this guitar as I have been having back issues. All around fun and enjoyable to play and with the weight being so lite I am back in the band . Playability and sound is excellent .

                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Still the best for the money....

                By A. Crossfield

                from Baxter, MN.

                Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                This is my third SE. I am a hobbyist so I usually stick to entry level products to keep the cost within my budget. Once again, I could not be happier with this purchase. I love the wide, fat neck...plays so well. This guitar is about half the weight of the SE Single cut that I have. The tone and presence are outstanding. The finish is flawless and the quality of construction is great. The only issue I can find is that the guitar is so light that it's a little headstock heavy...other than that it's almost perfect. I would never have considered any type of hollow body guitar in the past until now. I have played for years and owned so many guitars I can't remember them all...but I keep coming back to these SE's.

                (1 of 73 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Not a PRS guy, but this was okay

                By lespaulman-XadM7

                from his house

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                Comments about PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                A friend of mine has this and I went over to play it. It was my first time playing a PRS. I liked it, but I wasn't very impressed. I'm more of a Gibson/Fender guy. I thought to myself "if I wanted to get this type of sound, I'd just buy a Gibson and get it ten times better".

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