SE Standard review by Paul Reed Smith

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 7.9 (144 votes)
Paul Reed Smith: SE Standard
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Price paid: $ 600

Sound — 10
I play mostly metal/progressive (I've mostly learned a lot of Opeth) so this suits me perfectly. I play some thrash but not much. However I am confident that this guitar could play whatever I want it to. I am currently using a Fender Bullet Amp and a DigiTech DF-7 pedal. The pedal is awesome, the amp average, and the guitar still sounds great. Not very noisy, I can get the tone I want if I mess with settings on my pedal or amp. On the neck pickup it has a rich full sound which I like for playing distorted Opeth, the bridge I use for the clean interludes and such cause it gives a pretty bright tone. It can make any sound from Jazz to Death Metal. My pedal gives it a little more versatility though, it still has good variety.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall perfect. Matches my style perfectly. I can get any tone I want out of the guitar. I've been playing for a few years. I have a Yamaha classical, and electric. This guitar blows both of them out of the water. Everything was perfect so there's nothing I wish I asked. If it were lost or stolen, I would cry. Seriously. I would definitly buy it again, or just save for a CE24. I compared it to a Godin of some sort and some different guitars and it just ended up a better fit for me. I love everything about it. Although I can't decide on a favorite feature. The only thing I wish it had is Duncan pickups and 24 frets.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I would play this guitar live without a backup, but I still would like a backup, because if a string breaks or slips I'd be screwed. The hardware will definitley last, even if I'm gonna put on Seymour Duncans eventually. The strap buttons a perfect. They aren't loose or anything. And, I can depend on it. As I said earlier, I'd play it without a backup. Finally, the finish. The finish is good to last. No nicks in it, and sadly, I have bumped it a few times.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was adjusted at the store, so I'm not sure how it was from the factory, but I'm pretty confident it was well set up. I didn't need to adjust the action at all. The pickups were fine for me. I have a tendancy to play above the neck pickup and I haven't hit it yet. Everything was perfectly set up for me, no flaws what-so-ever. I didn't need to adjust anything.

15 comments sorted by best / new / date

    stidhamdan
    havent played any of the se models just the real expensive one's and they really rock very comfortable to play.If i was to purchase an se model i would definatly change out the pickup's
    pariah452
    I dont really care for these guitars that much. You get more bang for your buck with a jackson or ibanez.
    muse-ik
    I recently bought a PRS SE Soapbar II maple, and it is outstanding quality and value. alot of people think that because the SE series is from Korea, that the quality control isnt that great, but dont think twice about these guitars, they are amazing quality for an amazing price. and they look good too
    muse-ik
    I recently bought a PRS SE Soapbar II maple, and it is outstanding quality and value. alot of people think that because the SE series is from Korea, that the quality control isnt that great, but dont think twice about these guitars, they are amazing quality for an amazing price. and they look good too
    gtr-boy
    the SE line is cheaper its made in korea but the ones made in america or more expensive but have the dove frets and are wurth the money and the guy who said ur better of getting a ibanex or a jackson is a idiot unless ur a shredder and then u suck anyways
    Ibzman
    gtr-boy wrote: the SE line is cheaper its made in korea but the ones made in america or more expensive but have the dove frets and are wurth the money and the guy who said ur better of getting a ibanex or a jackson is a idiot unless ur a shredder and then u suck anyways
    think a lil bit more when you talk, Ibanez can do way more for the price than the SE line of PRS, get a USA Made PRS, not a cheap one
    pariah452
    oh and btw ibanez and jackson arent MADE for shredding. They can easily accomplish many different styles. But they are good for shredding yes.
    The_Man_IV
    pariah452 wrote: lol you guys who say shredders suck you need to seriously ask yourself can you play anything dime bag darrel can play. When you can play a solo from metallica or pantera then tell me a shredder sucks ok? You are probably only 13 years old and listen to green day and your music tastes havent matured. So like stafoo.
    Totally Agree I dont own a PRS and they arn't my type i go with Dean But i have played a few modles and they are quite nice guitar's for a nice price.
    dave344
    I was a bit let down by the overall quality of the guitar. The pick ups aren't the greatest and they capture enormous amounts of ambient noise. I've come to expect more from the inhouse PRS humbuckers. The switch is quite noisy as well especially when switched to fret position. But overall a good sounding guitar.