Price paid: $ 600
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
It fits my music style perfectly, as my taste in music changes from month to month. But a few mainstays in my musical palette are 11, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, Sublime, Rage Against The Machine and Frank Zappa. And it manages to cover all of those artists pretty well. I run my PRS in this rig// PRS Custom SE 2 --- Dunlop GCB95 (Wah) --- Boss DS-1 --- Boss MT-2 (Distortion) --- Ibanez CF7 (Chorus/Flanger) --- Fender Superchamp XD. It is dead quiet which is awesome when I'm playing Metallica or Avenged Sevenfold. The neck has a wicked clean tone to it similar to the Seymour Duncan Jazz Humbucker I had in my old guitar and the bridge pickup has a dirtier, sharper sound to it. Both pickups have a very rich sound. The guitar can produce so many different tones, and it ceases to amaze me that it was only $600, I can get a chunky Les Paul sound and then flick a Switch and have the sharp attack of a Telecaster or a Stratocaster. However the versatility rarely will not cover the tone that I'm looking for due to the guitar having two humbuckers, so playing some Red Hot Chili Pepper songs can be a stretch, but for me its still perfect
Overall Impression — 9
I play everything so this is a perfect match for me, because I can capture most notable guitar tones with one beautiful guitar. I have been playing for three years and in addition to this guitar I also own: JB Player SG artist series, Boss DS1, Boss MT2, Fender Superchamp XD, Ibanez CF7, a Crybaby and a Yamaha CG101. If it were stolen... you don't want to know what I'd do, this guitar is my baby. I might buy it again, or hopefully by that time I will have enough money for a real PRS Custom 24 or an American Telecaster. I love everything about it especially the fact that no one my age has a PRS so I stand out. I just love this guitar overall. When I was shopping around for a guitar I compared it to a Gibson Les Paul Studio, a Fender Stratocaster MiM and a Fender Telecaster MiM. I chose it on looks and versatility, two categories that it won easily over its competition. I only wish it had a coil tap so I could get a good single coil sound.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I can see myself having this guitar until the day I die, and through countless future gigs. The hard ware is all very sturdy and I don't anticipate ever having to replace it, and the strap buttons hold on to the strap even when I run with the guitar slung over my shoulder. I can definitely depend on it without a back up. The finish is like all Paul Reed Smith guitars in that it is a work of ART, the flame top seems a lot more resilient in comparison to the polyurethane finish on a similarly priced Fender MiM Stratocaster, and I can see this guitar in ten years looking like it does right now.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action is incredibly low, which I absolutely love because making the jump from my old guitar which I had tweaked for hours, to this was seamless, I thought my dad who bought the guitar had a guitar tech set it lower! The pickups are sturdy and at a perfect height for me.. and the Tremolo is top of the line, The top is reminiscent of one of Santana's guitars, the flame top pops! I look over the guitar once a week for any scratches or damage and did so upon receiving it, it was in perfect condition, with one exception, and that was that when I would play a note on the first fret of the high e string, I could feel the nut poke my index finger and it was almost sharp, but that wore down after playing it for a little more.
Features — 10
It is a 2009 PRS Student Edition made in Korea for PRS by World Music Industries. It has a great 24 Fret Rosewood Fretboard with a Mahogany neck (Wide fat neck shape) and a 25" Scale to boot. The body is solid mahogany with a maple top and a maple flame top veneer that it takes from its big brother the Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. It has a set mahogany neck as well. As can be expected the SE Custom 24 shares the same body shape as the PRS Custom 24, the only difference is instead of a carved arch top, the SE has a flat top, with a large cutaway for access to the 22nd-24th frets. It has a PRS-Designed non locking tremolo, the same one found on much more expensive PRS's. It has Zebra (Cream/White) PRS-Designed passive humbuckers, and PRS-Designed non locking tuners.