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PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar Condition 1 - Mint Jet White

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

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.

FEATURES
  • 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
  • Case Sold Separately

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PRSSE Santana Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 51 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (32)
  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good tone (29)
  • Good pick up (24)
  • Solid electronics (22)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (29)
  • Jamming (28)
  • Recording (23)
  • Small venues (20)
  • Rock concerts (15)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quality, Value, Beauty and Ultimate Playability: The PRS Santana SE

By Ken DeAngelis

from SW PA

Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

Paul Reed Smith Guitars were always the gold standard when it comes to great tone and unique craftmenship, and their US-made guitars had the price tag to match. When the Korean-made PRS SE series debuted about 10 years ago, it allowed the guitarist or beginner on a budget to play the same brand more and more musicians were turning to without breaking the bank. But the SE models lacked the unique characteristics that made the American originals such a prize. No bird inlays, few artist specificities, and a lack of models all left the SE consumers wanting more. Turns out, Mr. Smith was listening. The PRS Santana SE is simply the perfect union of quality and value. The guitar replicates the specifications of the legendary Carlos Santana's custom axes, and offers colors rarely seen across the guitar-iverse. My orange flame-top finish really pops. The "old school" bird inlays are iconic, while the dual 245 humbuckers and PRS bridge (with tremolo bar) provide a wide-range of possibilities for tone and style. I love the wide fat neck of my PRS Santana SE, and prefer it to other brands and models. I enjoy playing with complete comfort, and that is what the wide fat neck allows. The PRS Santana SE is a beautiful instrument and I cannot recommend it enough!
From hard rock to bluesy-pop, this guitar delivers!
Has the look, sound, and feel of a much more expensive guitar.
Worth every penny, and thensome!

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value, Good Build Quality, Fantastic Payability and Sound

By Stephen Dell

from North Carolina

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Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

This is my second Korean-made PRS, as I bought used SE Custom 24 a couple years ago, Took advantage of the Leap Day coupon from Musician's Friend to but this one in Santana yellow.

The build quality on this guitar belies its small price tag. Volume pot was a little scratchy at first but seems to have worked itself out. Fingerboard is very smooth and frets dressed properly. Not a book-matched top, but what does one expect at this price point? IT is comfortable to play, and pickups are very good, nice range of tones with the 3-way switch. I particularly like the PRS guitars I have played because of their rather thick and wide necks. For some reason, this style is much more comfortable for me to play than the thin, narrow necks on a lot of guitars - my Parker fly, for example.

I don't gig, just home studio stuff and song writing, but I try to play every day and this is my go to guitar now. Highly recommend.
Nothing unusual or lacking - two humbuckers, nice trem bar, 3-way switch, volume and tone knobs.
Very, very good at this price point. No rough edges, paint spatters, etc. Fit and Finish are excellent.
So I purchased this with a 15% off coupon which brought the price to less than $700. Can't beat that with a stick.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fabulous Value

By Bolon Tzakab

from Vermont

Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

This is one really sweet guitar. The PRS Santana SE is clearly inspired by the old Les Paul doublecut jr - (same body style & neck scale), but this is a huge improvement. It's the guitar Gibson should have made if they weren't stuck in some bizarre time warp of endless reissues of the same old thing. Well made, ergonomic, balanced, and nicely appointed for the money. Plays beautifully, has a great tone and stays in solidly tune even with heavy wammy bar usage. (It came out of the box perfectly in tune.) While it's not quite as nice as the American made Santana model, it's close. And it's a fraction of the price. Best of all it doesn't have that hideous taste-fail abalone stripe down the body that the American model has. The neck's a little fatter than I would deem perfect, but it's nowhere close to the beam of wood you experience on a Gibson 50s neck.

(14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Guitar!

By lutero

from VA

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Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

I can't put it down!
PRS SE Santana. Pretty basic features. Non-locking tremolo stays in tune fairly well. I opted for the black finish and like it a lot. It has a sort of wood grain stripe around the edge, which makes it look classy to me. I secretly wish I had opted for the yellow at times. Very lightweight compared to my Epiphone LP Custom, looks tiny sitting beside it.
The guitar seems to be really high quality to me for the price. Most people that I have showed it to assumed it was much more expensive than it is. No problems. Came set-up perfectly. The gig bag is nicer than the other ones I've had through the years.
I think it is a great guitar for not much more cash than an entry level guitar.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rick

By Rick

from Rochester, Mn

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Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

Overall rating on this guiatr is a 10 plus! I've owned mulitple guitars over the years and this may be the final 'keeper' for me. I was more than satisfied with this guitar in every respect. Great job, PRS!!
I have owned several PRS SE models and the new Santana SE is, by far, the best SE made by PRS to date. From the shaped body, to the beautiful flamed veneer this guitar is beautiful! Great sounding pickups and totally playable neck make this unit a dream come true!
I looked intitialy at the PRS Santana signature and the SE version keeps pace even with its much more expensive conterpart. The finish is beautiful, the detailing superb.
Amazing value....you really can't go wrong with this guitar if you're looking to move up from and entry level guitar. I've been playing guitar for almost 40 years and this guitar suites my abilities to a tee.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WORTH EVERY PENNY

By WICKTANA

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.

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Epic value - Customer service stumbled

    By Killer

    from Woodstock, NY

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Mismatched Wood Grain

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

    At the outset I need to say that I think that this guitar represents an amazing value as I purchased it on sale at a deep discount. I think it is well made, sounds great, has a variety of tones and is very comfortable to play.

    This guitar was purchased as an every day guitar for practicing and taking to lessons. My "go to" guitar is a 59 Gibson Custom ES 335 reissue and I bought this guitar to take the wear and tear off my Gibson. I have really large hands and I find the wide/fat neck very comfortable although not as large as the baseball bat on my Gibson.

    I play mostly Blues, Classic rock and have been learning some Jazz on an electric and Classical on a different guitar. The Santana more than replaces a Mexi Strat which I find less comfortable to play because of it's thin narrow neck. I am not saying that it sounds like single pups, but I am saying it is pretty versatile for lots of musical styles.

    The frets were smooth (although not hand rolled), flat, set-up was pretty good out of the box with good intonation but I HATED the very light strings (8's or 9's) that come from the factory. I think 10's would be far more appropriate for this guitar. I play 11's.

    I brought it in for a professional set up because I had read reviews saying that the nut would bind badly if larger gauge strings were used and I did not want to play with the slots on the nut. I also knew that changing the strings to 11's would alter the intonation, action height, etc.. Given the cost of the guitar the money spent for the set up was well worth it.

    I find the neck carve very comfortable and very playable. I appreciate the wideness and while this is fine a bit more thickness would have appreciated. All in all, well designed, well executed and an EPIC value given what I paid.

    Using a modeling amp (Fender Mustang III) I found that I could get pretty decent clean tones for Jazz chords when I used the neck pickup, rolled off the guitar volume and selected an amp model known for clean tones. It sounded pretty good with the light strings, but it sounded much more fat and rich with the 11's. Huge improvement in sustain too.

    With a Blues Jr. and appropriate settings it would growl for Classic Rock and snarl for Blues. With a Boss BD2 modded by Keeley on the Blues Jr. the Santana was a beast. While it wsan't exactly like my Gibson I was shocked at how good it sounded. Made me wonder how good the made in USA Santana sounded for the extra $2500.

    While I wouldn't say that there are problems with the tuning when you use the trem bar, I would like to see the tuning be a bit more stable. I don't play metal and I don't dive bomb. Locking tuners would be a great addition and I think I will invest in replacement Grover locking tuner's after I play it for a while.

    Now for the bad news. I have bought lots of items from MF over the years and my wife constantly says they have too much of my disposable income. Their service is normally exemplary and it keeps me coming back for more guitars, amps, etc..I have been more than satisfied. This purchase was the first time I had a problem.

    When I had purchased the guitar I asked the salesperson if they would be kind enough to have someone inspect the guitar before they shipped it to make sure that it was cosmetically good and there were no visible defects. I did not ask them to play it. I was told absolutely not.

    This surprised me as this had been done for me before when I purchased a Rodriguez FC. The guitar that I received had badly mismatched wood grain on the body panels with a large part of the wood grain was running at a right angle to the other panel. The finish was fine, color was great, neck wood looked excellent, but the top panels on the body were poorly matched.

    Only a fool would expect cosmetics on a guitar in this price range to be like those on the US made guitar at over 5 times the price. What I do expect is that the wood grain on the body should at least run in the same direction.

    I had a 15% discount coupon that wasn't honored because this was a sale item, even though the coupon did not have an exclusion on it for sale items. I can understand why they didn't want to give me the discount, I just think it should have been clearly stated on the coupon if excluding sale items was going to be the situation.

    When I called to buy a hard case I was sold a case for a Gibson SG that did not fit. When I called to return the case and discussed the sale with customer service I was told that the salesperson should have and could have easily arranged for the guitar to be inspected before shipping. This was annoying to say the least.

    No one wants to go through the hassle of shipping guitars back and forth while you wait for UPS to deliver. The guitar was well constructed and sounded quite good, although it was cosmetically disappointing. I had paid for the set up and the tech told me it was a well made guitar (apart from the wood grain issue) so I decided to keep it.

    My problems could have been remedied if my initial request for an inspection had been honored. I don't think it was too much to ask.
    My otherwise excellent recommendation for this product has just these reservations. I hope MF is going to read this review.

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    For the price u cant beat:-)

    By Sean Pullen

    from Cincinnati

    Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

    overall this is simpilly one great guitar and if i didnt know better without a price tag would have expected it in the 900 to 1300 price range ive done a side by side with my sg and this guitar is my new prefrence
    from begginer to pro this is a guitar u could have for the next 15 years
    im probially not buying another eletric
    Nothing special here it does what a guitar needs to do
    three way pick up selector and two santana series humbuckers
    what it does it does verry verry well
    THIS is where this guitar shines ive own this amazing guitar for three months and am in love
    ive owned much more expincive guitars usuially ranging around twice this price but out of all my expirence by far the smoothes action sleek quick neck and quailty looks simply not found in guitars of this price range
    no finish blemishes and no rough fret spots simply a joy to play
    ive been looking and looking at the next eletric and was planning on and had money for a guitar 3x this price but once i tryed it it beat out the other competitors

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THIS GUITAR IS FROM WHERE????

    By David Elliott

    from Nashville TN area

    Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

    I'm completely happy with the purchase of this guitar! I've been playing guitar now for 11 years, and have played and own Gibson (SG's and Les Paul's), Fender USA (Strat's), and Jackson USA guitars.... this guitar is just as good as those USA guitars!! (The reason i purchased this guitar was so that i didn't have to carry around my expensive guitars everywhere to play)
    The tone that comes out of those SE Santana Pickups is amazing, before I played I thought that i was going to swap the pickups out with a Gibson BurstBucker 3 bridge and a P94r in the neck, but nevermind that!!! Also, the build quality on this thing is awesome..... I checked it over and over and was amazed that this guitar came from Korea. You can actually buy a guitar at this price point and be confident that you bought something that you'll love. looks great (orange color), stays in tune, awesome tone, neck is smooth and very playable, and affordable........ buy it! Thanks also to Musicians Friend for the help and fast overnight shipping.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Flawless Workmanship

    By Tchiz

    from Rochester NY

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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
      • Small Venues

      Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

      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.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      love it

      By jake baldwin

      from la crescenta CA

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      Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

      i got the santana in the yellow finish for my birthday and cant seem to put it down. it looks amazing, sounds amazing and feels amazing. you will not regret buying this instrument.
      the prs SE Santana sounds insane, whether you are playing rock, blues, meatal,etc. tone is great.
      worth twice the money. by FAR the best guitar in the SE line.

      (7 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Seriously over-rated

      By mystic38

      from Mystic CT

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        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...

          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          guitar chick

          By teleslinger

          from earth

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          Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

          This amazing guitar now that I have the pleasure owning looks and plays great out in publi. I would stronly suggest getting this guitar.
          i love the bird inlays and the neck feels so smooth really easy to play, the body is comfortable and the flame maple top is really nice but what sold me was the orange color
          The quality is great I didn't see anything flaws on this guitar, the pickups sound great when i play infront of people it gives me confidence.
          cant knock the guitar for the price, would rather have an American PRS but I have no compliants with this one

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Gutiar, with a specific sound

          By Ezekiel

          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.

          (6 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          What's all the Hype About?

          By Ten Fingers

          from Spokane, WA

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          Pros

          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Pick Up
          • Tinny Sounding

          Best Uses

          • Paper weight

          Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

          I've been playing guitar for 20+ years and play in a gigging local band. I saw the great reviews for these Korean made PRS guitars and thought I'd try one out since they were so darn cheap. Well, the saying holds true, "You get what you pay for." Seriously, these aren't a great guitar--not at all. In fact, I compaired the PRS SE side-by-side with an Epiphone 100 that cost half as much and the Epiphone blew the PRS away in every category but especially in tone. The PRS SE just sounds tinny and I guarantee you that Sanatana is NOT playing through a guitar that is set up like the SE--not ever close. Anyway, save your money and buy a used made in the USA guitar or any Fender or Gibson guitar--they just sound better.

          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar

          By John-CTLMG

          from West Valley, New York

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          Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

          I just recieved my guitar in the mail today. Was really impressed with the quality. Action is really great. Craftmanship is really good got mine in black and no flaws. I changed out the strings with Ernie Balls and was really amazed with the tone quality. The only thing I could see wrong was the tuning keys planning to switch them out. I have played many guitars since the 60's my main guitar is a Gretsch Country Gentleman. I have played strats in the 2000 range and highend Gibsons. But was rudely awaken to see a guitar in this price range has better quality and tone. The pickups are clean when needed and will get going when playing blues in the style of Buddy Guy. Don't let this one past you buy. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Also shell out some extra cash for a guitar case to me a gig bag will not protect your guitar.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          More than i expected

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

          So i saw this guitar and i wanted it for the looks and i didn't really like alot of les pauls and i was told this would be similar to early les pauls. i got and instantly became my favorite guitar. my schecter and my tele and my les paul are now back seat to this beast. The pick ups in here are so sick. the bridge pickup is so crisp and clear and i can hear everything in it. i actually was going to replace it but i fell in love with it. The neck pickup is so round and smooth but still sounds good with a solo on it.This guitar is sick it's freaking awesome i say you should definitely at least try it out.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          FLAWLESS

          By Blues n stuff

          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.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Ultimate Gigging Guitar

              By Basel

              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.

                (4 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Nice Axe But !!!

                By Fingertips

                from Washington DC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Check neck
                • Good Tone
                • Nice for jazz and pop
                • To light in weight

                Cons

                • Check intonation

                Best Uses

                • Get some sound processors
                • Get use to the guitar
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar:

                The intonation was a little off, it was not easy to get it just right. Practice with it to get use to it and to get a warmer tone, put the tone knob on know more than five. Also, the guitar is not heavy enough, to get nice feedback your axe needs to have a little weight. Also Santana has American made models. MF is selling a Korean Model if I had known this I would not have purchased it. If it is not American don't buy it.

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