SE Paul Allender review by Paul Reed Smith

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (97 votes)
Paul Reed Smith: SE Paul Allender

Price paid: $ 399

Purchased from: Guitar Center-Bridgeton

Sound — 10
It has a great rich/warm sound that is hard to find in most guitars. I play classic rock and thrash metal and this guitar can always meet the mark without question. I generally use a Peavey Valve King 112 and a digitec processor with it as well as other pedals and it sounds great.It pinch harmonics pretty well and it never buzzes. I give it a ten cause I love the sound and you will too.

Overall Impression — 10
As I said before I play classic rock and thrash metal. I have been playing for about 3 years and I own the Paul allender, A Yamaha pacifica, a Raven 60watt solid stated, a Fender front man, Aria pro fretless bass, and a Peavey valve king tube amp (50 watt) that completely dominates when cranked up. If My guitar was stolen I would never stop looking for it and definitely replace it if I couldn't find it cause I love this guitar! I was looking at this guitar two years prior to purchasing it and I regret nothing about purchasing it. I suggest to anyone that is looking into buying a guitar that they go with PRS or nothing cause PRS dominates especially with the Paul Allender. I give it a ten for being amazing thank you for readong.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't played live with this guitar but I haven't experienced anything that would cause me to believe that the was unreliable. I replaced the strap buttons with locking ones to ensure maximum protection and I suggest that everyone use them if you care at all about your guitars. I would stand behind this guitar 100 percent of the time.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I have experimented with the action on this guitar several times and I have not had any trouble at any height with buzzing it can go really low for metal or a little higher for classic rock and no buzzing will occur. When I got the guitar the bridge pick-up was outrageously high but I quickly solved the solution and now it sounds fine. I got the guitar for 400 bucks instead of 900 because it has a crack on the back of the guitar in the finish that is virtually undetectable. I showed it to a professional and he called it a screamin deal and assured me that no further damage was likely to occur. I give it a 9 because of the crack and that's the only reason

Features — 8
I Don't Know exactly what year it was made but it was made in Korea. Its a 24 fret guitar with a wide but thin neck for quick playing. The neck is maple with ebony jumbo frets with pearl inlays of bats where the dots would traditionally be. The Body is Mahogany with a Flamed maple veneer top. It has a purple and black quilted finish with a polyurethane coat. It has a Strat like appearance and a tune-o-matic bridge. It possess passive electronics ( I would rather have active) and it has a three way toggle pick-up selector switch as well as a sing tone and volume nob. My guitar still has the stock PRS pick-ups which are good but emgs are better and I'm planning on installing coil taps. The neck pick-up is the bridge pick-up is the rhythm and the neck pick-up is the lead. There are no locking tuners. I give it a 8 because it need emgs and locking tuners but otherwise its amazing.

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    my mate has this guitar-really really nice. good finish on the body and pick-ups that give a nice warm sound on clean and a crunchy metal sound on overdrive. fret board is the best bit though-nice and slim so is perfect for rifftastic songs
    UPDATE!!!!! PRS now makes this SE Paul Allender in red and emerald burst, and it comes suited with..... EMG 81TW and EMG 89! Now that's more metal than your granny's left hip xD