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Paul Reed Smith debuts two new models

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Looks pricey, but it isn't

Looks pricey, but it isn't

PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Soapbar guitar

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Same goes for this one

Same goes for this one

PRS SE Singlecut Trem

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.