SE Singlecut review by Paul Reed Smith

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (264 votes)
Paul Reed Smith: SE Singlecut

Price paid: $ 606

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
This guitar has a very distinct sound that sets it above any other guitar in the SE class of PRS. I play mostly light rock, classic rock, and reggae. This guitar has a very Vintage sound and loves to have a very pushed sound. It can acheive very bright chiming highs or toned down to a warm-fat tone. Might not be the best metal guitar with the stock pickups, but other than pure death metal these pickups are outstanding! The sustain on this guitar is awesome. I am coming from a Jackson Soloist and am SO glad I switched to this guitar. It is perfect for cover bands that need to cover a wide variety of sounds. I am only playing through a solid state 65 watt Crate with alittle delay.

Overall Impression — 10
In conclusion this guitar will handle all playing types and responds very well to dynamic picking techniques. I have been playing around 5 years and have owned guitars twice this price. This is now my main guitar and I can't seem to put it down. It's neck is such a joy to play!

Reliability & Durability — 10
Just came in today so can not comment to much on this category. Overall this guitar seems very well built and I would gladely gid it without a backup, and I plan too! Finish is very deep and durable and overall this thing is a tank. I plan on keeping this guitar til it falls apart, which might be many many years.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The set-up was perfect from PRS. Low action does make alittle tiny bit of string buzz, but that is covered up the second you plug this beast it. I am a firm believer that PRS has the most quality guitars on the planet. This SE line is no exception. Paul Reed Smith offers us a USA quality guitar at a 1/4 of the price. It feels no different than an USA model I have played.

Features — 9
2007 PRS SE Singlecut in Whale Blue color. Wide-Fat neck with 22 frets on a 25" scale. Slightly carved solid flamed top with transparent finish. Three way pickup Switch, volume control, and tone control. Dual passive humbuckers. Non-adjustable stop-tail bridge with non-locking tuners. Comes with great gigbag and cable. Only giving it an 9 because some would prefer dual volumes and dual tones.

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    ok i love the shape of this guitar and ive tried it in the store. it sounds great, but i want the version with the trem. ive looked around online and i think its reaaaalllly expensive compared to this model. can someone tell me if this is true and also where i can get it.
    garrettwichert wrote: If the Les Paul were Paris Hilton, this would be its Nichole Richie. Definitely the ugly one of the two.
    First of the matter of these guitars being ugly is only opinion. Second they are bettor than any epiphone out there except for the black beauty and hell they are even bettor than a gibson studio or anything that gibson produces below that price range.
    will the sound be better if i pop in some duncan's in both the neck and the bridge?..some opinions please..was thinking either jb/jazz combination or jb/59..some comments will really help..still a newbie in guitar
    GumbyEater wrote: whats the purpose of not getting the normal double cut model? With a les paul, I can understand why a single-cut is preferable because of the classic les paul look, but with a PRS where the double cut is the classic look anyways, why stoop to single cut?
    Singlecuts tend to have more sustain than doubles, and the carved top means it is easier to get at the strings and it doesn't cut into you as much when you play sitting down.
    The Warmth
    Getting one of these for christmas for 400, sounds and feels amazing, can't wait! It does look like a les paul but i'd rather have this- affordable and great sounding and not be playing a rock cliche.
    I really do think that this guitar is prettier than Gibson Les Pauls. Another merit of the instrument is that the top flat, (not curved like on the Gibson model) making the instrument lighter and more comfortable. I am definately going to buy one.
    haha just get a gibson/epi les paul and be done with, i neva reli liked the fact that prs uses hybrids/copies of les pauls and strats for their own designs, but fai enuf they're quality stuff..