PRS SE Paul’s Guitar!

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  1. Mozzi

    Mozzi https://imgur.com/user/BAMozzy

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    For all those wondering how well the SE stack's up against the core and if they were looking for examples of how good it sounds, here is Phil McKnight's assessment...
     
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  2. horax

    horax New Member

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    I am SO TEMPTED TO GET ONE!

    I am not good enough or rich enough for a core Paul’s guitar, butnincould do an Se.

    Either red or aqua. Love the abalone birds.
     
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  3. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Something to consider, Buy it! at least they seem like Buy it! really nice guitars Buy it!. I have an Buy it! Amber one ordered, Buy it! and I can't wait until Buy it! it arrives. Should be here Buy it! any time now.

    P.S. there are no subliminal Buy it! messages in Buy it! this post. ;)
     
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  4. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    The SE looks a heck of a lot of guitar for the money. Its got the same bridge as the Core, for example!
     
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  5. Mozzi

    Mozzi https://imgur.com/user/BAMozzy

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    There aren't a lot of guitars in this price range with such variety of tones from the ability to switch between single coils and humbuckers individually. I can only think of one myself although that uses push/pull pots rather than mini-toggles which I think are better. Also this having the intricate inlays with Abalone and, of course, that bridge certainly makes this a versatile and great guitar for the money.
     
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  6. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Absolutely! I don't know how they do it!
     
  7. Mozzi

    Mozzi https://imgur.com/user/BAMozzy

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    Explains why this is a $1k guitar. Obviously there are some areas that no doubt keep the costs down - using standard size Pick Ups mean that those that make them, aren't having to also make new 'raw' parts specifically for this model. Having seen the difference in size that the pick-ups are - longer and slimmer - that no doubt reduces the costs.

    Its possible that this guitar isn't as lucrative to PRS as say their Custom 24 SE. The profit margin being a lot lower because they feel it can't be sold at more than $1k - feel like the market can't and won't accept an SE costing more than the lowest price(s) of the S2 range. There have been comments here making comments about the price and its proximity to the S2 prices - even if it is the most 'basic' S2 which has more in common with the much cheaper SE Standard models. Some people seem incapable of comparing 'like for like', a Custom 24 SE with the Custom 24 S2, with the Custom 24 CE or with the Corse Custom 24. I know there is no S2 or CE 'Paul's Guitar' but you know if they did, the S2 version would be very close to the CE prices and the CE version would be very close to the Core prices. I know Epiphone has some models above the lowest priced Gibson Les Paul (at least they did the last time I looked) but those are generally the signature models. I also don't think many people really give much thought to the Studio range - you barely hear people mention them as guitars under $1k.

    Having seen inside the back of these, at the electronics, there appears a small PCB so I believe that plays a part in the TCI pick-up splitting. Another aspect, relating to the SE and the sizing is that these are also the Pick-ups in the new SC Santana gold top. The fact that these are regular size means that they can be used in any humbucker guitar - whether they use them just as a Humbucker like in the Santana SC or as a splittable Pick up like in the Paul's. If they wanted, they could use these in any SE build without having to change the routing. That must help reduce the prices of the SE Paul's too - spreading the costs around other models rather than just making one-off's for a specific guitar.

    In my opinion, I think these guitars are very competitive with others in their price range. At the end of the day, that is most important. $1k can buy a LOT of guitar these days and if the Paul's was 'over priced', that people can buy something significantly better - not just in versatility but in playability, and tonal quality, it won't sell - well maybe just to a few PRS fans who then complain its not as good or worth the price they paid. However, the two video's I have seen comparing the SE to the 'Core' Pauls, a guitar that costs 4x (or more), its performing admirably. If I was in the market for a guitar under $1k (or under £1k as I am in the UK), I would seriously consider the SE Pauls in Red (of course). At the moment though, its not on my radar as I am gassing for a Special 22 and a 594 Hollowbody....
     
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  8. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    This post needs more pictures.

    Also, is the guitar McCarty thickness?
     
  9. Mec78

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    I am temped to get one but there are late 90s early 2000 McCarty's out there in good condition for around the same price. Ive never gone above the S2 line and had several SEs (new and used) anyone have any thoughts gen 1 McCarty or Paul's Guitar SE for a bedroom player
     
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  10. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    I love my SE’s but.... no contest, a Core PRS is what all guitars dream of being.
     
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    As it is quite hard to find a USA Core Pauls guita in Europe the SE version is a fantastic alternative here :D! Looking forward to see them in real life :)
     
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  12. Mozzi

    Mozzi https://imgur.com/user/BAMozzy

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    I am sure Thomanns will have the Core model and you can also search for PRS dealers in Europe. Whilst they aren't as easy to find as Custom 22/24 guitars, I can find them fairly easy. Anderton's for example had a couple and, if you are not in the UK they will post to you. I am sure that there are numerous retailers through Europe with the Core if you were really looking for one...
     
  13. drot9

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    Ordered mine about a month or so back. (Im)patiently waiting for my SE Paul’s Guitar to finally come in...whenever that is.

    I’ve been told sometime between May and the end of June. All these videos are the only thing holding me over.
     
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    Got mine this week, in amber finish, love the tone and playability. Worth the money in my opinion.
     
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  15. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Congrats! Welcome to the forum.
     
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  16. drot9

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    Pics! I’m so jealous!! Good to hear they’re starting to come out!
     
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  17. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    Would love to see an NGD thread!:)
     
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    Where's the NGD thread and pix???
     
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    Okay, silly question but I'm new, how to I attach a picture of my Paul?
     
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  20. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Upload pics to publicly accessible site, such as flickr. Copy the image link, starts with https and ends with jpg, paste the link in your post, bookend with the img and /img tags. Use preview to see if your link is correct, and if it is, you will see your pics instead of a link to them.
     
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