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PRS SE vs the real thing?

Post by Maury » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:55 pm

Anyone here know what the deal is on these <$700 PRSs? I'm interested in hearing your thoughts, thanks.

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Post by redmax61 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:13 pm

As an owner of both, I think the SE's are great guitars!

There are obviously differences between the Korean made and American made models, but the Korean guitars go through the same QC process at the factory in Stevensville, Md. And if there are any problems that can't immediately be fixed, they get sawed in two and tossed. I feel that the build quality is easily as good as most other brands of guitars that are in twice the price range. I'd very highly recommend them!

As a matter of fact, I'm planning to buy another one to take on deployments with me.
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Post by Maury » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:19 pm

There are obviously differences between the Korean made and American made models
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Post by MusicManJP6 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:22 pm

I like the American made models' contour on the upper horn much better and the SE logo on the headstock is hideous on the Korean made models. Are the pickups inferior to those on the CEs or upper end PRS's? I have a hard time paying more than $1500 for a guitar, so the CE was the best fit for me. And I also prefer the maple neck rather than the finished necks on the other models...
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Post by redmax61 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:53 pm

The pickups are made in Taiwan by PRS specs. I wouldn't call them inferior because they don't squeal and they don't suck. In fact, they do sound pretty decent. However, I switched mine out because I prefer hotter pickups like the Dragon I's.

BTW, I also have a CE, and it's a killer guitar. CE's are also not inferior just because they have a lower price. It's a different flavor of PRS . . . that just happens to scream!
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Post by MusicManJP6 » Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:33 am

would you say the dragon I's are hotter than the dragon II's? My buddy has a PRS CE with I's and it seems hotter for some reason...

And I agree: CEs are killer guitars!!!
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Post by redmax61 » Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:33 pm

Yes, Dragon I's are hotter than II's.

I'm expecting the delivery of an SC250 today. They say that the 250 pickups are hotter than Dragons without being muddy. We have a gig tonight and hopefully I'll be able to play it at the show.

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Post by Mr_You » Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:58 pm

I had a PRS SE Singlecut for a week or two.

They play like a PRS, but the pickups are crappy and the body is multi-piece which affects the tone/sustain. Besides that, I think think they are the best cheap guitars out there.

If you've been playing for a while then don't bother and save up for a used American PRS, IMO.

I will add they are the perfect PRS "beater" guitar.
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Post by Maury » Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:32 pm

thanks guys. I'm playing guitar for 22 years but it seems I've always put my money into good acoustics. I play a couple Martins, but on the electric side of things I've owned (this is embarassing) a $300 80s Kramer, $600 90s Charvel. $250 90s MIM Tele, and now a $300 MIM strat.

Time to jump up, I'm sure :)
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Post by satisfied5582 » Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:47 pm

i would recamend the real deal but the se sound real nice paul said carlos santana has been using them so you know they must be nice

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Post by Mr_You » Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:21 am

They should bring on an SE SC 245 or three to further compete with Gibson/Epiphone.
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Post by Commander Coo1 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:55 am

man i hate to say it but my se is about 98% as good as my american PRSi, its amazing really, of course the american ones are stock and the se is upgraded with new pickups and a new tailpiece, but that 25" scale is there and the smooth-vintage-ish frets, they are just great guitars imo

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Post by EMGguitarist » Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:22 pm

loving my tremonti se... mind you i had to beef up the pickups with Tremonti bass in the neck and some sweet spot dragon II's but playability wise, a fun guitar to play and really just a pleasurable experience. I will admit though, its all in the player and comfort zones. I jam with a buddy who uses an american singlecut and he gets so peaved that he can't really get into his 2,400 baby while i got mine used for 300 and dropped another 150 on it and adore it. IMO
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Post by Commander Coo1 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:07 pm

i really like the mesa/boogie sign you have, where did you get it?

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