PRS SE Standard 24 review

Killer electric on a budget? SE does it...

  • £399
  • €789
  • $1092
Considering the price, this is one impressively put-together instrument

MusicRadar Verdict

The SE Standard 24 delivers, equipping its owner with a comfortably playable guitar and a huge range of tones, which you're unlikely to outgrow in a hurry.


  • +

    Comfortable playing experience. Wide range of tones for both lead and rhythm players. Excellent build and value for money.


  • -

    Not as refined as an S2, but then it's a third of the price.

MusicRadar's got your back Our team of expert musicians and producers spends hours testing products to help you choose the best music-making gear for you. Find out more about how we test.

You might expect PRS' SE Standard to pale in comparison to the recently reviewed S2 Standard 24, but on first impression, that certainly isn't the case.

Considering the price, this is one impressively put-together instrument; we scoured our review model for signs of the guitar's price tag, and all we could find was a slightly loose vibrato arm fitting - a minor point.

"The tones are here: searing solos, toasty rhythms and coil-split quack are all within reach"

Like the traditional USA-made Custom 24 design, there's no scratchplate, so the SE Standard 24's electronics are installed in a cavity.

As a result, the SE is lighter than the S2, and its plain-looking Vintage Cherry-finished top does make it look a little bit cheaper, although unlike the S2, it comes with bird inlays as standard.

But while the hardware also differs, the non-locking SE-level tuners are smooth-handling, and visually, you'd struggle to distinguish the vibrato from the S2's.

The SE Standard isn't quite as refined or sleek a playing experience as the S2, courtesy of the chunkier Wide Thin profile, higher action and slightly creaky vibrato response, but a more player-personal setup helps to rectify that.

The tones are here, though: searing solos, toasty rhythms and coil-split quack are all within reach, and while they don't quite have the shimmering top-end of the S2's pickups, at this price it's an impressive performance.

Michael Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.