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PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Soapbar Electric Guitar
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This PRS Guitars SE Custom is a semi-hollowbody electric guitar with SE soapbar pickups. The SE Custom has a mahogany back, maple top, 22-fret wide-f...Click To Read More About This Product
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This PRS Guitars SE Custom is a semi-hollowbody electric guitar with SE soapbar pickups. The SE Custom has a mahogany back, maple top, 22-fret wide-fat mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard. The addition of a hollow chamber and modern f-hole give this guitar a musical midrange and internal reverb making it very light, comfortable and versatile.
The airy tone of this semi-hollowbody combined with the bright and transparent voice of soapbar pickups insures the SE Custom is a guitar that never gets lost in the mix. Clean or distorted, the SE Custom is great for solos that sing out every note with a nice, woody bite. Versatile tone controls allow your chords to come through as acoustic-like clean strums, jangling overdriven arpeggios, or anything in between.
- Maple top and flame maple veneer with mahogany back
- Semi-hollowbody with single sound hole
- 25-1/2" scale length
- 22 frets
- Rosewood fretboard
- Moon inlays
- Wide-fat neck carve
- PRS-designed stoptail
- PRS-designed tuners
- PRS-designed treble and bass soapbar pickups
- Volume and tone control
- 3-way toggle pickup selector
Reviewed by 5 customers
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I love P-90 pickups (aka soapbars), and no matter how many guitars I've owned or played with humbuckers or Fender-style single coils, I always end up coming back to the soapbar. I love their fat, bright tone - clean they're present and chimey; distorted they're full and clear and aggressive. The soapbars used throughout the PRS SE line are the best sounding soapbar pickups I've ever played through. The PRS soapbars are more musically complex and have a richer midrange than Gibson P-90s, and the PRS soapbars are better suited to clean playing than their Gibson counterparts. Of course, the PRS soapbars sound GREAT distorted as well.Now, I've owned far more than my fair share of excellent guitars, including 7 USA PRS's, plus numerous Fenders, Gibsons, Rickenbackers, MusicMans, etc., and this PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollowbody Soapbar guitar outshines every other guitar I've ever had. Yeah, I know, musical heresy, but this little Korean made axe outplays and sounds better than anything else I've owned with soapbars.Playability: PRS has always been known as making great playing guitars, and this one is no exception. The frets are flawlessly leveled, finished, and polished, the wide-fat neck fits my rather largish hand perfectly, and the feel is absolutely ideal. This thing plays itself. Bends are a breeze, chords are easy, and fast passages seem effortless. You cannot find a better playing guitar.Sound: as I've said, I really love soapbars, so if you're not a P-90/soapbar fan, take this with a grain of salt. This guitar is the best sounding soapbar-equipped guitar I have ever heard. Period. I used to own a 1959 Les Paul Junior, and I've had LOTS of other soapbar guitars (SG's included), and this guitar has the most musical complexity of any of the them. The semi-hollow body provides an additional resonance that is both woody and bright. Clean tones are full and crisp, and distortion tones are fat and well defined. In all pickup positions, clean and distorted, this guitar cuts through a full band exceptionally well, and solos have a presence to them that no other guitar I've owned has managed to match. Truly exceptional tones.Fit and finish: it's gorgeous. Four-piece mahogany body, maple top, flame maple veneer, one-piece mahogany neck, and cat's-eye soundhole. There isn't a flaw on it. The flame maple veneer is really nice (about a AAA), and the natural finish really looks great for this instrument. The wrap-around tailpiece is the most elegant bridge design of it's kind, providing perfect intonation for 9 guage string sets (and damn near perfect intonation for 10 guage sets), the tuners work wonderfully, the nut is really nice, and the guitar stays in perfect tune after three sets of hard work. Even the strap buttons are nice (though I always change out my strap buttons for USA PRS strap buttons - Fender bass string retainers work well, too). There is nothing wrong with this instrument, except the volume and tone knobs. The amber speed-knob doesn't quite look right on the natural finish, so I replaced them with gold speed knobs and that did the trick.Bottom line: I may never need another guitar again as long as I live. I never thought I'd say that. This guitar is perfect. At three times the price, it'd still be perfect.
I own just about every "best guitar for the money", which includes the Gretsch G5120 and Fender American Standard Strat. Both of those have gone up substantially in price, and I would suggest buying this guitar before it does the same. They spent all the money on the pickups, the neck, and the bridge. Every note sounds perfect. I play it through a Matchless Independence with Fulltones, Keeleys, a Roger Linn adrenalinn, and the usual pedals. The combination of the bridge and neck pickups allow for tones I can't get out of my Rick, Sg, Am Deluxe Tele, HH Strat, etc. You owe it to yourself to check this out before you buy something else. The bridge pickup screams, combining both gives you the most well rounded clean sound, and the neck is warm without getting too muddy. It doesn't play as easy as the expensive PRS', but the quality of sound that comes out is VERY close. ( And i prefer the soapbars in this guitar over the humbuckers in some of the upscale models)
This guitar is about the best guitar I have ever played. I was surprised at the craftsmanship, and the quality of the build. The tone is just amazing, and can get you just about any feel you want. I am usually not satisfied with stock guitars and amps, and mod them to my liking. This guitar was already there. The only complaint I have is it only comes in black and natural. If it came in red, or cherry, I would buy a second one. This is my main guitar now because it is so responsive. If you play your instrument instead of play with your instrument, you'll like where this one will take you.
I played this at a guitar store for a while. Im probably going back to buy it soon. Its incredibly light, very comfortable neck, not too thin, not too fat. The actions really low, and the p-90s are incredibly powerful, on clean it has the single coil sound, on distortion it has an amazing humbucker sound. Worth the price.
I really love this guitar. It has quickly become my #1. The P90s are just excellent. Great single coil sounds. It can both sit in the back of the mix of the band or cut through it. Excellent both clean and dirty and in all three positions. The middle position cancels hum which is convenient and produces a quacky kind of sound like a strat in position 4. It's quite possibly even noisier than my strat or tele, but that's just the cost of doing business with P90s. With some of my guitars I constantly fight to get a good tone at band practice, but this thing sounds good on everything I try.The guitar itself is superbly made, from the finish to the fretwork. It's light but not neck heavy at all. It stays in tune great, but I did lube the nut. The upper fret access is not that great, despite the deep double cutaway, but it's not bad either.