Posted on 10th November 2017 by James
Here at Rich Tone Music we are very proud to introduce you to the 2018 SE range from PRS. Paul Reed Smith Guitars have been at the forefront of electric guitar innovation for the past 32 years. PRS pride themselves on being a forward thinking company, perfecting and redefining the idea of what a guitar can be.
The PRS SE range was introduced in 2000 as a more affordable counterpart to USA built guitars. Manufactured by World Musical Instrument Co. in South Korea, PRS 2018 SE’s have become a favourite for players spanning multiple genres and styles.
Here’s what we know so far about the 2018 SE range.
The SE Standard 24 Multi-Foil is a modern take on PRS’s classic 1980’s ‘Multi-Metal’ finish. The pattern is created by layering different finishes in a unique way. Don’t let the finish distract you, the Multi-Foil also boasts two 85/15 “S” humbuckers, a Rosewood fretboard, a 25 inch scale as well as Push/Pull volume and tone controls.
The PRS 2018 SE SVN is the answer for guitarists who want to play low while retaining classic PRS looks, playability and reliability. One thing 7 string players have been asking for is guitars with longer scales. The SE SVN has a Wide Thin maple neck and a 26.5 inch scale which handles low-end tuning stability perfectly. With a pair of 85/15 “S” pickups and coil-taps the SE SVN has a huge range of tonal options. This is a pro-level instrument with amazing versatility and response.
The PRS 7 string is the guitar I pull out to write with when I want to break through song writing barriers, and typically the results are riffs that make me want to smash things.
– Clint Lowery / Sevendust
Chris Robertson is better known as the front man of hard rock band Black Stone Cherry. While on on tour his choice of guitar is the PRS SE series. This classic looking guitar has a mahogany back and maple top, 22 frets, 24.5 inch scale length, fat mahogany neck and a rosewood fretboard. The guitar also has a 57/08 “S” pickup in bridge position and a soapbar in neck position to allow you to cover a broad range of tones.
The reason for the humbucker/soapbar pairing comes from my love of singlecoil neck pickups and soapbar pickups in general. The wide variety of tones the guitar is capable of with this set up is astounding! The middle position with the 57/08 split is beautiful. I hope everyone enjoys these guitars as much as I do!
– Chris Robertson // Black Stone Cherry
PRS have always been know for stunning finishes and incredible looking guitars. These two look beautiful. Available with either a spalted maple or zebrawood veneer, these guitars are sure to make you stand out from the crowd. The PRS SE Custom 24 faithfully reflects the PRS model that started it all.
Being a left handed guitarist can feel quite lonely at times. Often there’s a lot less on offer and it can be quite tricky to find an instrument that suits your playing style and technique. PRS understand this problem and have given lefties a new choice with the 2018 SE Custom 24 Lefty. These new offerings for the SE Custom 24 keep the same foundational specifications as the SE Custom 24: maple top, mahogany back, Wide Thin maple neck, 24 frets, 25” scale length, the PRS patented molded tremolo, dual 85/15 “S” pickups with a 3-way blade switch and push/pull tone control for coil tapping.
Several updates have been made to the PRS 2018 SE Standards. SE Standards now come with 85/15 “S” pickups, fretboard binding and the PRS SE signature headstock logo. The SE Series began in 2000 with the goal of providing a quality instrument to players of all levels. This segment of guitars is meant to extend this promise to an even more affordable pricepoint.
With so many aspiring players struggling to stick with guitar past the first year, we knew we wanted to deliver an affordable quality guitar that players didn’t have to fight. We want the guitar to inspire you to play; it can’t be something you have to worry about staying in tune or simply working right. So while the [SE] Standards are our first foray into the below $500 price point, that doesn’t mean we compromised on tone, versatility, playability, or reliability.
Jack Higginbotham, COO, PRS Guitars.
We’re very proud to offer these guitars to the world.
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