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PRS SE Soapbar II Maple Electric Guitar
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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 to...Click To Read More About This Product
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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.
- Mahogany body with maple top
- Set mahogany neck
- Soapbar single-coil pickups
- Wraparound stop tailpiece
- PRS-designed tuners
- 3-way toggle pickup selector
- Volume and tone knobs
- 25" scale
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'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.
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.
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.
I just got my PRS SE Soapbar II Maple today. For starters it is very pretty guitar with absolutely no finish flaws. The frets are perfect and I love the wide fat neck carve. The soapbar pickups sound great. They can get mean and nasty yet still cut through the mix like a sharp knife. Turn the volume knob down to about 4 and it cleans up nicely. It sounds great through my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp. I own a Les Paul Studio and this PRS plays as good if not better than the Gibson. The craftsmanship is what I expect from a much higher priced guitar. It's a great buy!!!
I just bouht this guitar today and I love it. I went in expecting to buy an SG or 335, but I tried this guitar and fell in love with it. The pickups are single coil P-90s but they don't sound like single coils. They have a unique sound, somewhere between a Les Paul and a Strat. Plays great and has a great finish. Try one out.
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!
I've been playing ~30 years. The SE Soapbar II was made to play the blues. Perfect intonation, stays in tune even after extreme bending. This is an incredible instrument at an incredible price.
This iss absolutely the most amazing guitar ive ever played.. I own a fender tele and it does not compare to this beauty... im deffinitley trading in my fender for this guitar. Ive been playing it at my local guitar shop every time i go..and i cant get enough.. the playablilty iss sooo amazing. and light as a feather....if you have money...buy this..now
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.
This pretty much seems like it plays itself. Great sound and tone. I've have a strat and les paul, and guitar is by far the better value and quality.
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!
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 own both a Les Paul Studio and a SRV signature strat, and this guitar plays better than both of them do currently. Great action straight out of the store, and great neck. I'd put the neck similar to the 59 Les Paul shape, rather chunky. Beautiful guitar, great looks. The P90 copies sound great to me, but I'm sure there's room for upgrades there. Overall for the money, this is an incredible playing and sounding guitar.
This guitar is a great buy! I've been playing for over 40 years, and this is a fantastic sounding, playing and looking STEAL of a guitar. And it's light as a feather. I am not sure it would make a good 'thrashing' instrument. But it's a top notch blues and pop/rock guitar. It sounds especially good moderately overdiven in a vox ac15 or a good old fender tweed amp. Turn the guitar down to 6 or 7 and it cleans up and sounds like a very punchy fender (but you don't need 12 gauge strings to get that sound!). Turn this beauty up to 10 and it gets smooth on the neck pickup, angry and grinding on the bridge pickup. PRS has outdone itself in retaining the look (flawless neck and finish) and feel (love the wide-fat neck carve) of the more pricey american made s, but at a fraction of the cost. Love it!
P-90's are the kind of sound that you grow to love. I was all headspent on finding a reasonable but different sounding guitar. I found this guitar and i believe that it is it. Wonderful sounding (with a pickup change, i installed a double stacked p-90 bridge) low-end and mid range when used in bridge. Clear, heavenly sounding when used in neck. Try some p-90's and you won't be dissapointed; especially at this price.
This is truely a work of art! I'm 14 and love to play guitar. When I received this as a gift, I immediately fell in love with it. It has a peRfect sound to it and is really responsive. The soapbar pickups give it a good bite and a good bluesy sound also. I definately recommend this guitar.
I had heard by word of mouth that PRS's SE series was amazing for the price. Skeptical, yet in need of an intermediate level guitar to replace my Squier strat, I went to my guitar place to check it out.I put this up against an Ibanez which was for almost the same price. A little more in fact. The ibanez looked nicer. It had a Floyd Rose bridge. The neck was very fast. I played a bunch of metal riffs on it. It sounded great.Then i plugged in this thing. it rocks. So hard. In terms of metal, the PRS could play everything the other guitar could play, and with an improved tone. And when I took the overdrive off, it gave me an amazing, crystal clear clean sound - something the Ibanez can't do. This guitar is really versatile. I'm buying it.
I had been shopping for a monster blues guitar for months. Maybe a Gibson Blues Hawk? Maybe an American Tele? Les Paul maybe? I grabbed this PRS SoapbarSE off the wall at a local store to just pass some time and was COMPLETELY blown away! Having had some 30 guitars over the past 20 years, I have become very picky about TONE. I don't know if I got a lucky one or what! Smooth as silk, intonation is DEAD ON, the balance between lows-mids-highs is stunning. FORGET that this is an Asian price-point guitar. No matter what your style, you need to own one of these. Trust me! I subtracted just a couple cool points for this guitar for needing better tuning machines and a bit of noise in the back and front switch positions. Middle position is dead silent. Life is good. Thank you sir, may I have another?