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An all-new SE Santana!Carlos Santana's impact as a proud player of Paul Reed Smith guitars led to the introduction in 2001 of the SE guitar series. I...Read More

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An all-new SE Santana!Carlos Santana's impact as a proud player of Paul Reed Smith guitars led to the introduction in 2001 of the SE guitar series. In recognition of his legacy, PRS developed the all-new SE Santana. The first guitar in the SE series offered with a 24-1/2" scale length, the SE Santana is also the first SE using the same body shape as the American-built PRS Santana models. With a fat, wide mahogany neck and 22-fret fingerboard inlaid with the classic PRS birds, it' got plenty of visual mojo to match the PRS humbucking pickups™ shimmering clean or rich, creamy distorted tones. Tuners and tremolo, also designed by PRS, are meant to be used, abused, and still keep you in tune. The all-new SE Santana honors Carlos™ legendary tone and incendiary playing, with incredible quality at a great price.Use the drop-down menu above and to the right to choose colors and other options.

Honoring Carlos' legacy with an all-new SE Santana.

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  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top with flamed maple veneer
  • Mahogany neck
  • Wide-fat neck shape
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24-1/2" scale
  • 22 frets
  • PRS "Old School" birds
  • PRS-designed Santana humbuckers
  • Master Volume and Tone controls with 3-way toggle switch
  • PRS-designed tremolo
  • PRS-designed tuners
  • NIckel hardware
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PRSSE Santana Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (31)
  • Fun to play (30)
  • Good tone (28)
  • Good pick up (23)
  • Solid electronics (22)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (28)
  • Jamming (27)
  • Recording (22)
  • Small venues (19)
  • Rock concerts (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (10), Novice (4)

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Flawless Workmanship

I have been playing since 1968. I am currently in a power trio trying to emulate Gov't Mule. I own two Gibsons(Les Paul Standard & 61 reissue SG) and a Fender...Read complete review

I have been playing since 1968. I am currently in a power trio trying to emulate Gov't Mule. I own two Gibsons(Les Paul Standard & 61 reissue SG) and a Fender (Coronada Stratocaster).

I recieved the PRS Santana SE yesterday. I have been unable to put it down. I am impressed with the quality of workmanship that has went into this guitar. It is actually less flawless than my SG(pick gaurd not fitted properly).

The intonation was dead on out of the box. I adjusted the truss bar and the individual saddles to get the super low action that I prefer. It only took 5 minutes to adjust the action and reset the intonation.

I like the fact that the first thing you see in the documentation is instructions on how to adjust the trust rod if the action is not to your liking. I was planning on installing Schaller strap locks, however upon closer examination the strap retintion knobs are at least 1.5 the size of the strap retention knobs on both my Fender and Gibson.

The vibrato seems to be much more responsive than the vibrato on my Strat. The sound is sweet and the guitar is simply beautiful. For an off shore made instrument I am truly amazed at the quality of workmanship.

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Seriously over-rated

I am a 20yr plus guitarist who owns quality guitars from Gibson USA, Fender USA and G&L USA.

You need to put me in the minority, but this...Read complete review

I am a 20yr plus guitarist who owns quality guitars from Gibson USA, Fender USA and G&L USA.

You need to put me in the minority, but this guitar has to be the very worst value for money in an import.
I was after a 2 humbucker double cut guitar so picked one of these up new at local GC.
ok fine it looks pretty, and once setup properly (which it wasn't) and with a new nut (which it needed), it is nice to play..but that the end of the good news.
It is very unbalanced, being tail heavy so if you practice while seated its NOT comfortable, and its just the weakest, thinnest poorest excuse of a guitar tone i have ever heard.. and i am talking anaemic. Could this be improved with new SD pups?..sure..but then its a pricey guitar.

These guitars are very poor value for money for imports given Epiphone Les Pauls and G&L Tribute guitars are far cheaper, better sounding and hence much better deals...

After two weeks i tossed this in the closet and bought a used Les Paul DC for not much more than what i paid for this excuse of a guitar...

just not a good guitar at all...

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FLAWLESS

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from Southern California

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Overall Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

      As for "over rated". How can you over rate a guitar at this price range? You want over rated buy any Gibson for two the three times more. I have had four and will never ever buy another one. I could write pages on the quality.
      Now this guitar for the money is a ripper. No frets sticking out at the ends to bloody your hand. Paint and finish is flawless, no drips runs and sags. Pickups on mine are 7.9 and 10.1 ohms. It neck width and feel is very comfortable. The tuners have an over sized feel and seem just fine. I was considering a solid bridge but the PRS type tremolo is pretty solid. With out the trem arm you can rock a little tremolo with the heel of your hand. I no longer buy the expensive stuff for bar room playing. One thing to mention. With just a simple OD pedal you will get the never ending Santana sustain any time you want it. And you do have three distinct tones with the three way switch. In short it could be the best money I have spent on a guitar period. I may buy another PSR something.

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      (6 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Seriously over-rated

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      from Mystic CT

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • School Bands

          Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

          I am a 20yr plus guitarist who owns quality guitars from Gibson USA, Fender USA and G&L USA.

          You need to put me in the minority, but this guitar has to be the very worst value for money in an import.
          I was after a 2 humbucker double cut guitar so picked one of these up new at local GC.
          ok fine it looks pretty, and once setup properly (which it wasn't) and with a new nut (which it needed), it is nice to play..but that the end of the good news.
          It is very unbalanced, being tail heavy so if you practice while seated its NOT comfortable, and its just the weakest, thinnest poorest excuse of a guitar tone i have ever heard.. and i am talking anaemic. Could this be improved with new SD pups?..sure..but then its a pricey guitar.

          These guitars are very poor value for money for imports given Epiphone Les Pauls and G&L Tribute guitars are far cheaper, better sounding and hence much better deals...

          After two weeks i tossed this in the closet and bought a used Les Paul DC for not much more than what i paid for this excuse of a guitar...

          just not a good guitar at all...

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good, but a little uncomfortable

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          from Connecticut

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

            Very nice guitar in all aspects that really matter. It sounds good, plays easily, looks absolutely gorgeous in red, with a nice tone. My only complaint with it is that it is uncomfortable to hold and play while sitting... which is most of the time, for me.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WORTH EVERY PENNY

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            from HIXSON, TN

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Church
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

              I already had 6 guitars that consist of a Fender Strat Jimmy Vaughn, Fender American Deluxe Strat and Tele, Gibson Les Paul Class Gold top 1960 reissue, Epiphone Custom model made in Japan with two P-90s, and a Ibanez S series. My only reason for giving the kind of guitars I have was to establish that I know a little about the quality of guitars. When you take into consideration that the American Deluxe Strat and Telle are now going for a lot, the Les Paul was more than they were and not even being made now, there is a lot of money in just those 3 guitars. Because of that, I was always under the impression that there was no such thing as a non-American made guitar under $1200.00 worth having. After reading one article after another about the PRS SE series, and seeing how low they were priced I didn't think they could be sold that cheap and still be really good. Then an add caught my attention that talked about PRS making a Santana model SE with the birds on the neck. With nothing more to do I decided to go and try one out. All of my guitars are made well and play great but I paid a high price for them. When I picked up the PRS SE Santana and started playing it over one of the amps, I couldn't believe the price tag on this guitar. Not only does it look like a guitar that would cost more, it plays like a much higher priced brand. The pickups on this are amazing, and when you switch from the neck to the bridge or both pickups you can really hear a difference. Because the neck is a 50s style it takes a little getting used to but once you do it is amazing on how well it plays. This is a must try guitar for any type of player, and after trying it out I purchased it in a heartbeat. When I got home I plugged it in my Marshall JVM410H and the different sounds I could get blew me away. I wouldn't tell PRS this but I would even pay more for a guitar like the SE Santana. It is a great addition to the guitars I already have and much lower in cost.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A little tweeking.

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              from Roswell, NM.

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Stock Strings Too Light

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

              Love the feel of the neck and balance of the instrument. After locking down the bridge, filing the nut, adjusting the truss and saddles, installing 11 gauge strings and changing out those ugly orange knobs it's as sweet as it can be. Great buy!

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good Gutiar, with a specific sound

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              from Seattle, WA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Nice "warm" Sound
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Versatility

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

              This is a cool guitar and very good for the price range, but what PRS isn't? I really like this guitar's jazzy/bluesy warm tone it has. Unfortunetly that is about the only sound it has. If you are looking for a Rock guitar this is NOT FOR YOU! It provides very good quality and sounds for certain styles, but in my opinion it lacks versatility and the ability to do much else than play Santana's style of music. Yes, I would reccomend this, but to a blues or jazz solo player, but not to a rock/punk/or metal player.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              NO COMPLIANTS GUITAR JAMS

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              from Tucson, Az

              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 Santana Electric Guitar:

                se Santana is a fun guitar to play. If your a fan of Gibson necks. Its not your typical PRS neck with the longer scale. this has a very rich full power balls out clean and distorted sound with out having to have an active pickup, and great for recording as well. looks cool! feels cool! Also their is no lock in nuts for your tuning on this model so you better stretch those stings good before whammy in out

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Ultimate Gigging Guitar

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                from Sugar Land, TX

                Pros

                • Bluesy Neck Pickup
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

                  The PRS SE Santana is one heck of a guitar. Quality and craftsmanship are similar (if not better) than some of the lower-end Gibson models.
                  It looks, sounds, and feels amazing and offers a lot of guitar for a very reasonable price. The neck pickup has a nice, deep, bluesy sound to it and the bridge pickup is perfect for lead tones. The tremelo system is comparable to that of a Strat and the tone quality and sustain is comparable to that of a Les Paul.
                  This guitar is the ultimate gigging machine due to its reliable, high quality construction and simple controls. The shorter scale makes it easier to play and sing at the same time, and its neck is very easy to play on.
                  The set-up out of the box was decent, but you should always have a luthier or your local guitar shop set up any new guitar. The only thing I would change would be to add locking tuners, but intonation isn't really an issue after set-up.
                  In summary, this guitar is worth every penny and you will not be disappointed.

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                  5.0

                  My Guitar Tech Loves It

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                  from Columbus, OH

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

                      My guitar tech, who is very picky, loved this guitar when I brought it in for a setup. He said it was the best Korean made guitar he had ever seen, and was a great overall guitar, period.

                      Feels great, and has a beautiful finish (I have the yellow). Lots of bang for the buck.

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                      5.0

                      love it

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                      from okc

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

                      love the sound - love the feel - love the neck - love the look - for the price ? you can't go wrong

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