SE Soapbar review by Paul Reed Smith

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (51 votes)
Paul Reed Smith: SE Soapbar
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Sound — 10
The sound is supurb, the pick-ups are beasts, full sound on any settings, good treble and thick distortion, makes the humbuckers on a LP standard seem a bit weak. Only having 1 volume and tone is fine, the sound is good enough not to have to keep fiddling with the bloody thing to dial it in.

Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is fantastic and I am pleased with it. It is a good 2nd guitar, meaning a guitar you buy after you realise that you are going to keep plating and need a better guitar than the one you got from argos. Just check it's your thing. Oh and the neck is quite fat, but you get great sustain and good power for all thoes james hetfield moments.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Sturdy, feels nice and balanced in true single cut fashion. The strap buttons are good and strong. Also the guitar is suprisingly light. I like the Vintage look of this axe.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Action is a good height, and the stock strings aren't too bad I like the size of them, a change to some ernie balls will follow shortly however. Stays intune well due to the fixed bridge, and handles droptunings well (mine is staying tuned down a whole step and is fine with no fret-buzz.) However the volume and tone adjusters are absolute bollocks. I don't know if it's just mine, but they are going to be replaced for some better ones, please give them a good going over if you are looking at buying this guitar, but the 12 month warrenty will cover this.)

Features — 10
See the above review for all the technical stuff. This is a truly impressive guitar for the price tag. I will say the bag you get with the guitar is fantastic, not like the rubbish ones you get with the other SE models.

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