Features and visuals inspired by PRS founder Paul Reed Smith’s personal player collection come to a compelling price point in the PRS SE Paul’s Guitar. Integral to the Paul’s Guitar equation is a highly figured maple-capped mahogany body, for the sparkle, sustain, and sex appeal PRS players live and die by. Next up is the hand-filling 22-fret Pattern profile mahogany neck, which offers off-the-charts playability up and down the birds-clad rosewood fingerboard. On the electronics side, a pair of custom-spec’d TCI humbuckers with independent coil tap switches — a totally unique feature to any PRS outside the Core and Private Stock collections — delivers a stunning array of gossamer single-tone voicings to scorching high-gain humbucker heat and all stops in between. Factor in an authentic PRS stop tailpiece with brass inserts, and with the PRS SE Paul’s Guitar from Music Experience, you’ve got the very best of Paul’s decades of class-leading designs, all at an irresistible price.
Many of the world’s most sought-after guitars, including PRS’s own, have featured the same pairing of maple and mahogany you’ll find on the PRS SE Paul’s Guitar. These two tonewoods are thought to yield an ideal balance of sparkle, snap, and sustain — not to mention seriously compelling looks. And like any guitar fine enough to grace Paul’s personal collection, the Paul’s Guitar sports a stunning figuring pattern made all the more vivid by a flawless, tonally transparent gloss finish.
Paul’s Pattern profile mahogany neck calls back to the company’s pre-factory guitar builds, found in the hands of the likes of Santana and Frampton in the ’70s and ’80s. The Pattern neck’s deep profile comfortably fills the hand and yields a warm, toneful sustain from top to bottom.
A set of custom-spec’d TCI (Tuned Capacitance and Inductance) pickups with independent coil tap toggles allows players to access and blend single-coil and humbucker textures in any of the three pickup positions. The PRS SE Paul’s Guitar marks the first time you’ll find a pickup switching system this advanced outside the PRS Private Stock and Core lines.
“The SE Paul’s Guitar is a great example of design, engineering, and teamwork. It’s as close to home as we could get inside of the SE Series, and I am very proud of it,” Paul Reed Smith. The SE Paul’s Guitar delivers a lot of “PRS,” starting with tone and versatility. The TCI “S” treble and bass pickups deliver a very pure, vintage sound. The SE Paul’s Guitar also features two mini-toggle switches between the volume and tone knobs. This setup allows players to put either or both pickups in true single coil mode, which delivers the clarity and uniqueness of vintage single-coil tones in both single coil and humbucking positions. This is the first model to offer this style of electronics outside of the Private Stock and Core lines. Likewise, the PRS stoptail bridge is the same machined stoptail with brass inserts as spec'd on the Core Paul's Guitar. “The Paul’s Guitar, like the Modern Eagle before it, has always been about Paul’s latest discoveries in guitar making. To bring this guitar into the SE Series, we knew the tone, functionality, and playability had to be right and had to be consistent,” said Jack Higginbotham, COO, PRS Guitars. “We feel this guitar offers a lot of value to players.”
|Body Shape||PRS Doublecut|
|Number of Strings||6|
|Top Wood||Flamed Maple Veneer|
|Neck Shape||Pattern Wide Fat|
|Fingerboard Inlay||PRS Birds|
|Number of Frets||22|
|Nut Material||PRS Synthetic/Bronze blend|
|Bridge Material||PRS Stoptail with Brass Inserts|
|Neck Pickup||TCI "S" Treble Humbucker|
|Bridge Pickup||TCI "S" Treble Humbucker|
|Controls||1 x master volume, 1 x master tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch, 2 x mini-switches (coil-tap)|
|Case Included||Gig Bag|
|Manufacturer Part Number||103495:AM|