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When you think of Paul Reed Smith Guitars, you probably think high-end instruments for serious professionals, and that is still half true. PRS still makes the upscale instruments musicians like Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, Ted Nugent, Mike Oldfield and many more use on a regular basis in the studio and on the stage. Since the 1990's, however, PRS has been making the more affordable SE line in Asia and, as of 2013, they've added the economical S2 guitars to their US production. If you're in the market for a quality introductory instrument, particularly for heavy metal, the SE Torero is definitely worth a look. The low cutaways make it easier for your hand to access the upper frets, while the low-noise active humbuckers (an EMG-81 pickup in the bridge position and EMG-85 in the neck position) offer exceptional power and articulation metal guitarists can really appreciate.
For an electric guitar that really turns heads, feast your eyes on the PRS S2 Starla. This instrument features a single-cutaway mahogany body, a Bigsby B5 tailpiece and vintage-style tuners for a retro-inspired look. The wide, fat neck and beautiful balance make it an easy and comfortable electric guitar to play.
For the real PRS enthusiast, the Studio model electric guitar is top-of-the-line. This guitar has a carved figured maple top with a V12 finish that adds to the feel, sound and look of the instrument, and lends it a classic appeal. Ear candy as well as eye candy, the Studio model has 57/08 Narrowfield pickups in the middle and bass positions and a 57/08 humbucking bridge pickup that allow for ultimate tone flexibility.
The company's recently expanded product line is good news for guitarists who previously thought PRS guitars were out of their price range. Even better news is that the higher-end instruments are still available for those who want the extra details that established Paul Reed Smith Guitars as an upscale instrument manufacturer in the mid-1980's and has kept them there ever since.