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PRS quality, maple top, and single-coil bite!
The unique 25" scale, a mahogany neck set into a carved mahogany body with a gorgeous maple top, and soapbar pickups produce a sustainful high-end tone unlike any other. Wraparound stop tailpiece transfers string vibration directly into the PRS SE Soapbar's body for superb resonance.
Reviewed by 23 customers
I got this guitar 2 days ago, and I can't put it down! I tried everything in its price range and this one owned on playability, tone, looks, sustain, intonation etc. The soapbars are pretty quiet, and even with quite a bit of distortion you can hear every note on open chords and bar chords. Awesome guitar. Buy it, its discontinued man!
I had no dullness of sound with the existing bridge, although I'm sure they're cast and not solid. Cast bridges can have soft spots in them. I played this through a used Mesa Mark II. They were made for each other, and since I got a screamin' deal on them, I took them both home,even though I am quite pleased with the B-52 AT100 all valve 2x12 combo I have. After a quarter turn on the truss rod to level the neck, a new set of strings, a nut leveling (the nut is too tall), some locking tuners and action adjustment this thing is a demon! The soapbars are nice and quiet. Has good Tele like twang. The neck is fast, with excellent access to upper frets. Switch to overdrive and this thing screams. A lot of bang for the buck. Get your hands on one, they are discontinued.
I don't mean to rain on the parade with this review. I bought this guitar as sort of a poor mans les paul special. The tuners, pickups, electronic and guitar in general are good with one glaring exception. The bridge kills the sound giving it a very dull undynamic sound. When I replaced the bridge with a traditional gibson style bridge the thing came alive and an had all the jangle snap and snarl that one would expect from a wraparound bridge and p90s. So if you go for this guitar expect to have to upgrade the bridge.
This guitar sounds like crystals humming on the clean channel. It has this etherial sound with incredible treble chimes, I'm so glad I bought this guitar, I like it more than my strat which says a lot being a strat owner since 1990. A great value for such a great guitar. It's also very gorgeous with the flamed maple.
This is a very solid and nice guitar from the worthy people at Paul Reed Smith. It's been discontinued by PRS so mine was one of the last available and I had to wait a bit to get it.Though only having two pickups, the sound this thing produces is incredible. I usually run it through a digital Line 6 amp but I've tried various others and it sounds good through the majority of them.I have a friend who owns an '80s Les Paul and, however odd it seems, he swears that this guitar sounds better than his. I'm ambivalent. An '80s Les Paul sounds fine to me...however I do know that this PRS has a much much more refined and "quality" tone to it than a Fender Strat at a comparable price. There is almost NO hum at all. To even get a hint of a hum you have to turn the humbucker position on with volume all the way up. When using the back pickup only, you get a very nice shredding tone that I haven't been able to replicate on other guitars like a Fender Strat.The amount of guitars that I play frequently is pretty limited (I own a Taylor acoustic as well) but I do know that for the price, this thing is so much better than any similar Ibanez, Fender, or Epiphone.Great guitar. Very solid. THe finish is beautiful. Highly recommend it!
OK, I bought this guitar for the wood. Hard to beat a Mahogany body, set neck with a maple top. The p90's were also a plus for me. I own a top of the line prs and wanted this because I can go into the most awful bars with it and not worry about nicks and scratches.The sound: very cool!The workmanship:??? You get what you pay for. I re-cut the nut,(uneven cuts drove me nuts) leveled the frets, threw on a set of planet waves locking tuners (great by the way!) and meticulously adjusted the truss rod and bridge height.It was about 2.5 hrs of work. The end result is simply amazing!!! It now kicks serious butt!Bottom line: If your willing to invest the time and a couple extra bucks you can have an inexpensive guitar that plays and sounds like and expensive one!! Plus it stays in tune perfectly!!Go for it!
The guitar is light but extremely solid and well built. The set neck is wide and flat (12? radius?) but is very comfortable. Hands that are used to the smaller Strat radius may require some initial adjustment to the flatter neck but they will be greatly rewarded with the ease in which full step plus bends fall under the fingers. The stock strings are serviceable but should be replaced. The frets are extremely well seated and dressed with no rough edges. The guitar stays in tune and the intonation is dead on. The tiger striped maple-capped mahogany body is a thing of beauty and is free of the workmanship defects often found with guitars at this price. The body and neck joint are tight and the guitar resonates freely without amplification. The P90 pickups are punchy and bright and are not prone to excessive hum. The three-way switching and volume and tone pots offer a wide range of sounds and it?s easy to coax jazz or blues/rock lines without too much effort. The guitar has plenty of sonic ammunition at the ready. You will not find a better-built and sounding mahogany body, P90 guitar at this price. PRS is discontinuing the maple-capped version of the Soapbar II so I wouldn?t wait too long.
I first saw the PRS SE and looked at the price, thought not bad...lets hear how it sounds out of a tube amp...WOW!!!For the price you cant go wrong...sounds amazing through a Fender Blues amp, very classic rock / blues sounding!
I'm not a person who goes through a lot of instruments. I spend a great deal of time researching and when I find what I like, I buy it. Now, that usually ends up being something in the realm of a Les Paul. However, I was in Guitar Center today and picked up a PRS SE Soapbar II, and I have to tell you, I was impressed. I love the feel of this guitar. It's not too very heavy, but functions very well. The P-90's sound great. I played it through the first Marshall amp I could find. I was able to get amazingly clear clean sounds out this guitar, but was also able to get some of the crunchiest sounds you could ever want as well. The moon inlays are beautiful and the finish on the guitar is phenomenal. The price, WOW! I can't believe a guitar of this quality is in this price rang. I think I'm in love. In 14 years of playing, I can't believe that, suddenly, this guitar has convinced me to toss my views on what makes a great guitar completely out the window. I WILL be going back to buy this guitar.
I'm not a big PRS fan but i thought that i would try one out. One word....AWESOME!!!! This best describes this guitar. The quality, feel, sound, looks, and especially the price are all amazing. This guitar is built really well which is the reason is sounds great. The sustain is endless. The P90s sound great. I haven't measured the dc resistance, but i think they are on the hot side...sounds almost humbuckerish. ..and with minimum noise unless your standing by a tv set when playing, then you're going to get some 60 cycle hum being that the P90s are single coil pickups. The only thing that i can say bad about this guitar is the color (which isn't really bad because the guitar still looks great). I got the midnight blue version....in person, it is more on the greenish side of the color spectrum than blue. Other than that this guitar is excellent and is well worth the price. I highly recommend it and i have had many guitars in my 27 years of playing.