SE Torero review by Paul Reed Smith

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (65 votes)
Paul Reed Smith: SE Torero

Price paid: £ 799

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Sound — 9
The sound of this guitar is unbelievable. I play in a classic rock band who have a few pretty heavy metal songs (think alterbridge etc) I wanted to get a guitar that had the power to create that wall of metal. This one certainly did the trick, I've even started using it live for most of our songs metal or not. I am using it through simple Marshall Valvestate in the bedroom which sounds fantastic and a Marshall Vintage Modern at live shows.

Overall Impression — 9
I play Rock/Metal and it matches this sound perfectly had loads of compliments on my tone and playing since buying this guitar. If it was stolen I would get one again might go for the Grey Black though just for a change. My favourite feature is the Floyd Rose you can literally go mental on it and it will always return to tuning. PERFECT!

Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar so far has taken a bit of a beating and is still playing great.. I think it will keep going long into the future but time will tell. Certainly feels solid and I haven't noticed any flaws or cut corners yet. (I've given it an 8 as I believe it to be worthy of a ten however as I said 'time will tell')

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Guitar was set-up perfectly, I don't have any ambitions to alter it at all I love it just the way it is.. I couldn't find any flaws at all. I should probably mention now I have been playing for about 20 years now and even used to work in a guitar workshop so I do know my stuff.

Features — 9
This one is a new for 2010 Korean made PRS SE. As far as I know it is the most expensive in the SE line and also one of the first to feature EMG Pickups. It comes with a floyd rose, 24 frets and has neck through body construction oh and a PRS branded gigbag which is of great quality but I would have prefered a hard case. I guess I cant have everything. :) This guitar is mahogany with a maple top and the finish is fantastic, normally I find with the lower market guitars (under 1500) the biggest issue is finish quality, however this one shines and sparkles like a gem.. I love it! I decided to go for the Cherry Red as at first glances it was the most appealing to me, however with true human nature I am now starting to pine for the grey black one which has a more subtle but great character.

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    Sherlock_Bones wrote: Seriously, that thing is soo nice, it should come with a box of tissues.
    im guessing thats for after youve had a wank, coz this guitar is pure porn!
    tristan_deity wrote: SexualFavors wrote: Epi, i said i tried it out in the store. I'm talking peaveys and marshals in sound proofed rooms. Theres no way i would plug it into a line6 AT the store before i bought it...simply saying this is what i have at home currently. Peaveys and Marshals suck lol, most overrated amps on the planet. Ive been playing for 8 years, i play through a Soldano SLO 100 with a 4x12 cab and i use Gibsons and ESPs. I love PRS guitars but im not going to trust a 2year player who uses a Line6, weathered players all get over all those flashing coloured light Line6 and Ashton'ish crappy modeling amps.
    Peaveys and Marshalls suck? are you on some type of drug?
    Just picked up a barely used Torero at GC in Las Vegas for $600. This is my second PRS SE and it definitely rocks, suprisingly versatile, great action, very well built. I'm playing through a Soldano Astroverb and couldn't be more pleased.
    can anyone tell me, wich they would rate better, an LTD m-1000 or a PRS SE torero(both stock)? their pretty much the same hardware wise when it comes to stock hardware, exept the PRS has one EMG 85 and one EMG 81 pickup. i'm very interested in buying one of these guitars but still doin research into other brands. i'd like anyone's opinion, thanks
    Is this as good for bluesy stuff as it is for metal? Because I bought a cheap metal guitar and now i want something a bit more... classy I would have opted for the Akerfeldt but I want a Floyd Rose And can anyone suggest a couple of other guitars with capability for both distorted and clean stuff with a Floyd Rose? Thanks
    awesome guitar, I've had it for 4 months now, and I couldn't be happier. right now run it through "POD FARM 2" mostly(with a bose & sony hybrid sound system and hopefully a Vypyr Tube very soon too)) and the guitar sounds amazing it handles all styles I throw at it. I play mostly of Kutless, Starflyer 59, Emery, Anberlin, Blindside, Project 86, Pink Floyd, TFK, and so on. This is my second guitar with a floyd rose yes it is a pain to tune but it stays put once your dialed in. The EMG's are very responsive and very versatile with just a flip of the blade and a little knob turning. I find they sound better than my duncan 57's/dimebuckers in my washburn which is a surprise, its like going from mono to 5.1 lol (from what I've found the 9V battery lasts about 500 hours of playing) This is my first go with a PRS and I am very pleased with it, no complaints, well one I need a second Torero (blue to go with my black cherry) so I don't have to fight with the floyd rose get go Drop D lol. It was a steal at $880 cdn
    ^Dimebucker is an awful pickup. Im swapping mine for Tone Zone as soon as it gets here. I was gonna review today, but I think I'll get a better amp first to truely appreciate this beauty. They discontinued my color too . Grey flame.
    Picked up this guitar (red) a few weeks ago. What a great axe! I can't believe how well it stays in tune. Ebony fretboard and EMGs. Perfect guitar for me.