The PRS SE's are good guitars. But you can do one better if you go used.

If PRS is what you're dead set on, check out what is available to you in your local area used for $1000. You might be able to buy a CE22 with that budget if you're lucky..
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A PRS SE with PAF styles are generally what I think of when I think "Cheap workhorse," with the assumption that it will be your sole guitar. You can easily get one for that price. Hell, you can get two if you get them used.