If you’ve been drooling over a PRS guitar but don’t exactly have the pocket change to drop on one of their top-of-the-line instruments, you might want to take a look at the company’s less-expensive import models.
Import models? Yep, the PRS SE Series was apparently created at the urging of Carlos Santana, in the hopes of bringing PRS’s high quality and extremely high playability to the teeming masses. The series currently consists of ten guitar models, starting in the $500 range, and I’ve seen particularly rave reviews for the exceedingly simple single-pickup SE One.
Anyway, Vintage Guitar Magazine’s May ’07 review of the SE Custom Semi-Hollow is now available in PDF format over on PRS’s website, and it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re searching for PRS quality in the often difficult-to-navigate sub-$1,000 price range.
The guitar features a maple top w/flame maple veneer, mahogany back, semi-hollowbody design w/single f-hole on lower bass bout, mahogany “wide fat” neck (25″ scale length,) rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and moon inlays, PRS-designed tuners & stoptail bridge, PRS-designed treble & bass humbuckers, Master volume & tone controls, and 3-way pickup switching.
You can also check out the video demo of the SE Custom Semi-Hollow over on YouTube.