PRS SE Guitars

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Guitar Josh, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. siore

    siore Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    After my gibson les paul, I'll have to say my PRS SE still kicks ass. Both are awesome guitars in their own ways. What I like on the SE is how good the stock pickups are right off the bat. The clarity is right there, the sustain is amazing, crisp attack, etc. 4yrs after picking this particular SE from a bunch in the store, I still feel like I'm in that honeymoon phase.

    Only mods I ever did was change the stock nut and tinkered with the wiring a bit. But I don't think any of those would've changed much of my strong opinion that the SE line are some of the best value guitars you could get out there.

    What I have is a 2007 SE Santana II, btw.
  2. jesseb

    jesseb Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Was pretty uninterested in them for years until a bandmate brought in a Se One for rehearsal one night...He had just bought it on ebay for a steal. Korina wood, beautiful build quality. We traded guitars so I could check it out and I played it for 2 straight hours. I ordered one that night. I just put a tone pot on it and in many ways I find them superior to LP jrs- of which I've had several, AND of the vintage variety too ...

    Anyway, the SE One is a great axe in the stable. I gig with it all the time...plenty of rich, fat bite and stays in tune all night...
  3. Alton

    Alton Member

    May 28, 2009
    What pickups were chosen to replace the stock pups on Santana SE? I generally prefer PAF tones/performance in the neck pup. I find I like the clarity of the stock pups but I want more warmth. However, the body is so light I'm concerned about low end mud.

    For the bridge pup I find the stock too light and clear. I want substance and bite similar to a DiMarzio super distortion with a tad more warmth.

    Any ideas?
  4. bricel24

    bricel24 Member

    Apr 12, 2013
    Sacramento/Bay Area CA
    Since the beginning of this thread in 2008, I firmly believe the quality of the SEs have gone better to this day. I had a first gen Santana SE back in 2004 and while it did play OK, I had to replace the bridge pup with some DMs and that did the trick.

    I've gone through a couple of Tremonti SEs as well but wasn't able to hang on to them long term. They play good but I wasn't that in love with them.

    I now just acquired a Bernie Marsden model. Now, THIS, is a keeper. Plays, feels and sounds awesome. Paid very little for it as well from a local GC.

    I still am wanting a new SE Custom 24 someday. Hopefully GC blows them out on clearance when the time comes.

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