Paul Reed Smith has long made elegant guitars at rather elegant prices. But what if you're not Carlos Santana, what then? Two new models from PRS have the player on a budget in mind.
With the addition of the new SE Custom Semi-Hollow Soapbar and the SE Singlecut Trem, Paul Reed Smith has expanded its popular SE line in some very interesting ways.
The SE Custom Semi-Hollow Soapbar features the mahogany back and maple top (with flamed veneer) of the 'standard' Custom and adds a pair of classic soapbar pickups to the hollow internal chamber and funky f-hole recipe. The new pickups add extra flavour to the SE Custom Semi-Hollow options, and are very much in keeping with the model's stylish retro-modern vibe.
The addition of a tremolo system on the highly-rated SE Singlecut Trem brings this new model into line with the US-built Singlecut Trem, allowing players on a budget to experience the whammy bar action offered by the SE's American cousin. A wide-fat neck carve, maple/mahogany body and gorgeous figured veneer top make the new Singlecut Trem a reasonably priced guitar that doesn't look it.
The list price for the SE Custom Semi-Hollow Soapbar is $890.00US, while the price for the SE Singlecut Trem is $840.00US. Nice all around, we say. For more information, visit the official Paul Reed Smith website.