PRS Guitars has officially announced four SE Standard models, which they say brings the brand's guitars to an exciting new price range. They tell us that 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 USD. Here's the details direct from PRS:
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: the SE Standard 24, the SE Standard 22, the SE Standard 245, and the SE Santana Standard.
"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," Paul Reed Smith.
The SE Standard 24 is 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
"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," Paul Reed Smith.
Since 2001, the SE Series has been offering incredible quality and great tone at affordable prices. The introduction of the SE Standard models represents a significant extension of the SE Series into the <$500 price point. The goal of the SE Series has always been to provide a quality instrument to players of all levels – one that would not fight the player, but encourage him or her to start and to keep playing. PRS is proud to extend this promise to an even more attainable price point with the SE Standard lineup.
Pricing and Availability:
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