PRS Guitars has officially announced four SE Standard models, bringing the brand’s guitars to an exciting new price range. The all-mahogany SE Standards are designed to be the go-to instrument for beginning guitarists and budget-conscious players and will start at $499.
"The SE Series started with Carlos [Santana] and the desire to make PRS guitars available to a larger number of players. To be able to maintain the quality we demand and be able to get these sold through our dealers for less than $500 is remarkable," says Paul Reed Smith. "The hope with instruments like these is to make it possible for young or aspiring players to be able to buy a guitar that works, that is reliable, and that will give them a solid place to start."
The most affordable PRS guitars to-date, SE Standards are modeled after some of PRS’s most popular designs and carry familiar PRS appointments, including bird inlays, PRS stoptail and tremolo bridge designs, and a high-quality SE gig bag. All four models also share the classic combination of all-mahogany bodies (reminiscent of Paul’s pre-factory guitars) and set mahogany necks with rosewood fretboards.
The four new SE Standard models are:
SE Standard 22
With 22 frets, a classic PRS Wide Fat neck, and stoptail bridge, the SE Standard 22 is a workhorse guitar that is ideal for the studio and the stage. This guitar has a warm, woody tone and focused midrange, allowing the SE Standard 22 to easily find a place in the mix. For full specifications and to hear the SE Standard 22 in action, visit www.prsguitars.com/sestandard22.
SE Standard 24
A modern instrument with a powerful voice, this guitar pairs 24-fret versatility with a PRS-Designed tremolo and PRS-Designed HFS and Vintage Bass pickups, resulting in a guitar that handles well and sounds as good plugged straight into an amp as it does run through a pedal board. The SE Standard 24 is the perfect choice for players who demand a rock-solid, reliable guitar. For full specifications and to hear the SE Standard 24 in action, visit www.prsguitars.com/sestandard24.
SE Standard 245
Named for its shorter scale length, has a classic voice that is eminently recordable and gig-ready. This instrument is instantly comfortable to players who prefer short-scale guitars and feature a classic control layout with volume and tone controls for each pickup and a 3-way toggle switch on the upper bout. For full specifications and to hear the SE Standard 245 in action, visit www.prsguitars.com/sestandard245.
SE Santana Standard (also pictured above)
The SE Santana Standard is a high-quality, articulate guitar for demanding players. With its shorter 24.5” scale length, this guitar has a buttery, sweet tone that can go from Santana’s signature lead tone to fat, hard rock rhythm chords. The SE Santana Standard is a tribute to Carlos Santana’s skill and style and offers players a great value and quality. For full specifications and to hear the SE Santana Standard in action, visit www.prsguitars.com/sesantanastandard.
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