PRS adds nine guitars to SE range

The affordable SE line-up gets a lift with new finishes, tweaks and an artist signature model for Chris Robertson.

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With the SE series, you don’t have to break the bank to own a PRS guitar. And the brand has now made the range even more alluring, announcing nine new models for 2018. Here’s a quick run-down of the bunch.

SE Custom 24

Spalted maple finish on the left and zebrawood finish on the right

Next year, you’ll be able to wrap your hands around three refreshed versions of PRS’ flagship instrument—even if you’re a lefty. The SE Custom 24 now appears in two additional veneer finishes, spalted maple and zebrawood, alongside a left-handed model. Everything else remains the same: from the maple-topped mahogany body and Wide Thin maple neck to the 25-inch scale and dual 85/15 “S” humbuckers.

The SE Custom 24 “Lefty” comes in four colors and retails for $829. The SE Custom 24 comes in spalted maple and zebrawood finishes retail for $829.

SE Standard

In addition to tweaks to electronics and cosmetics, the SE Standard line—comprising the 245, 24 and Santana models—comes in a finish that players from the ’80s will find familiar. The SE Standard 24 Multi-Foil’s luminescent finish was originally designed in that hair metal decade, and is created by layering different finishes in a “unique way,” according to PRS.

Meanwhile, the SE Standard 245, 24 and Santana six-strings have been upgraded to come equipped with dual 85/15 “S” humbuckers, fretboard binding and the PRS SE signature headstock logo.

The PRS SE Standard 24 Multi-Foil retails for $849. The PRS SE Standard 245 and 24 retail for $499, while the SE Santana Standard retails for $539.

SE Chris Robertson

The Black Stone Cherry frontman receives an artist signature in the SC245-inspired SE Chris Robertson. Owing to Robertson’s love of single-coils and soapbars, the guitar sports a SE Soapbar at the neck and a 57/08 “S” humbucker at the bridge, with the middle switching position yielding split-coil tones from the latter pickup. Besides its electronics, the guitar has a beveled maple-topped mahogany body with a flame maple veneer.

The SE Chris Robertson retails for $819.


Seven-string players have a fresh option in the SE SVN “Seven” model, whose classic looks are based on PRS’ 24 shape, albeit with a 26.5-inch scale length and string-through-body bridge. The instrument also features a pair of 85/15 “S” pickups that have been modified for seven strings, as well as a shred-friendly Pattern Thin neck profile.

The SE SVN “Seven” comes in Black Cherry and Gray Black, and retails for $819.

For more information, check out prsguitars.com.

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