New PRS 2018 SE Guitars Review
The new range of PRS 2018 SE guitars have been revealed including the new PRS 2018 SE Custom 24 Lefty left-handed models, S2 Starla, SE 245 models and many more. We take a quick look at the new guitars and see what the 2018 PRS SE range has to offer
PRS 2018 SE 245
First up we have the new PRS 2018 SE 245 Whale Blue. This new finish is by far one of our favourites from the new 2018 PRS guitars range and features a really cool maple top and flame maple veneer in Whale Blue, showing off a more industrial style. The contrasting cream and black SE Humbucker pickups in the bridge and neck not only look great but sound amazing, offering up a world of tonal options. A mahogany body and neck with wide fat profile and rosewood fingerboard adorned with signature bird inlays finish the guitar nicely. Warmth, articulation and effortless playability all wrapped up in a budget friendly package – what more could you ask for in a guitar?
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PRS 2018 Custom 24-08
Ok, it’s not an SE model, but we had to discuss the newest offering from the coveted, world class PRS Custom 24 range. The Custom 24-08 Gray Black Cherry Burst is yet another amazing addition to the premium PRS line featuring a lush 85/15 Treble pickup and 85/15 Bass pickup with 5-way blade switch for tonal versatility. The carved figured maple top wood ensures your sound is articulate and snappy whilst the mahogany back wood provides the sonic depths and warmth to ensure those chords and riffs are weighty! The Gray Black Cherry Burst and gold hardware make this one of the most beautiful guitars in the PRS 2018 range. In addition you have mini-toggle coil tap switches (as per the PRS 408 model) which allows you to dial in 8 different pickup settings and mix up humbucking and single coil tones as well as a dual singlecoil option - completely unique to this model.
For information on the limited Custom 24-08 Gray Black Cherry Burst call 0151 448 2089
PRS 2018 S2 Starla
The PRS 2018 SE S2 Starla Frost Blue Metallic features vintage styling coupled with the coveted PRS reliability and professional construction. This particular S2 Starla model offers up a lush all mahogany body with single cutaway reminiscent of classic guitar stylings and adds a beautiful Frost Blue Metallic finish that fans of surf rock would be happy to take home. The addition of a Bigsby B-50 bridge allows for a versatile playing experience whilst you let the roaring Starla humbuckers do their thing. A Volume, Tone (w/ Push/Pull Coil Tap Function) and 3-way blade pickup switch provide you with complete control over your tone. A fantastic addition to the 2018 PRS range.
For more information on the PRS 2018 SE S2 Starla Frost Blue Metallic call 0151 448 2089
PRS 2018 SE 245 Standard
The PRS 2018 SE 245 Standard Vintage Cherry is a great addition to the completely affordable 245 series, providing fantastic playability, comfort and of course a great sound at a price tag that won’t break the bank. Fresh from the 2018 PRS range, this 2018 SE 245 Standard in Vintage Cherry features a mahogany body and neck with wide-fat neck profile, rosewood fingerboard and signature bird inlays. Two SE humbuckers found in the neck and bridge and a 3 way toggle switch allow you to achieve some seriously gnarly tones. A great addition for players of all genres.
PRS 2018 SE 277
The unique baritone guitar gets an updated finish for 2018 and we love it! The PRS 2018 SE 277 Fire Red Burst features a unique 27.7" scale length and comes tuned B to B making it ideal for funk and metal players alike. The 85/15 "S" pickups in the bridge and neck positions ensure you have the power when needed and the clear chiming tones when the song calls for it. Maple topwood and mahogany back wood provide all the resonance and low end tonality to match the lower tuning of the guitar whilst the PRS-designed plate-style bridge, with string through design allows for superior sustain and reliability. A baritone guitar that is comfortable to play, sounds great and thanks to the new Fire Red Burst for the 2018 PRS run, looks amazing.
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PRS 2018 SE Chris Robertson
The Black Stone Cherry frontman has added yet another fantastic design to his roster of signature PRS guitars, choosing the Fire Red Burst finish for 2018. Aptly titled, the PRS 2018 SE Chris Robertson Fire Red Burst still maintains all the beautiful aesthetics that made his signature range so revered such as 24.5” scale length, 22-fret neck with Wide fat profile as well as US PRS 57/08 humbucker in the bridge position and SE Soapbar pickup in the neck. A bevelled maple top and flame veneer, rosewood fingerboard and coil tap on the bridge pickup ensure your guitar not only looks amazing but has a world of tone at your fingertips. The partnering of comfortable design with beautiful tonality makes this more than just a regular signature model, but a contender for some of the best PRS guitars ever made.
PRS 2018 SE Custom 22
The SE series from PRS guitars offer superb playability, high quality appointments and fantastic tonality all wrapped up in a budget friendly price tag that won’t break the bank. This year, the team at Paul Reed Smith have introduced the PRS 2018 SE Custom 22 Vintage Sunburst with PRS designed tremolo system. A mahogany neck and body provide the warm resonance you need when playing chords and lead lines whilst the PRS Tone Furnace Bass and Treble pickups allow you to enjoy a world of tone.
PRS 2018 SE Custom 22 Semi Hollow
The Korean made SE Custom 22 Semi Hollow adds a selection of new finishes to its range and we absolutely love them. The PRS 2018 SE Custom 22 Semi Hollow now comes in a beautiful Gray Black finish as well as a Vintage Sunburst finish new for 2018. The semi hollow body design of the SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow offers up a sweet, airy tone whilst the dual humbuckers used in conjunction with the maple top, mahogany back and neck and rosewood fretboard offer up a world of tone. This thing can handle all the aggression you throw at it and clean up nicely too – ideal for country players, blues, rock and jazz.
PRS 2018 SE Custom 24
Since the introduction of the SE Custom 24 range, players all over the world have scrambled to grab hold of these limited-edition models. However, limited edition models tend to come with a larger price tag. Fortunately, the team at PRS decided to introduce the Custom 24 series into the SE range and the results did not disappoint. The new, budget friendly PRS 2018 SE Custom 24 Fire Red Burst features a solid mahogany neck and body as well as rosewood fretboard all topped off with lush flamed maple veneer top in Fire Red Burst finish. A PRS designed tremolo system and HFS and Vintage Bass pickups are pro level appointments that allow you to dial in some serious high gain or clean up and add some gentle trem to your sound – a versatile guitar for the players out there.
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PRS 2018 SE Custom 24 Floyd
For those that wail heavily on the tremolo and need more tuning stability, the PRS 2018 SE Custom 24 Floyd Fire Red Burst is a great option. This new guitar from the 2018 PRS range features a Floyd Rose "Original" tremolo & locking nut for added stability and also includes PRS Phase III Locking Tuners – this thing is not going out of tune in a hurry, no matter how hard you play!
PRS 2018 SE Custom 24 Lefty
The announcement of left handed PRS guitars will undoubtedly put the guitar world into a spin. For years, PRS fans have requested a left-handed version which, until now has been unavailable. However, with good reason, the team at PRS have held off on production of these guitars until now. Rather than buy parts in or outsource production (all manufacturing is done in house at PRS) Paul Reed Smith wanted to ensure that his team could create left handed guitars with the same attention to detail as their right handed models. Therefore PRS have created specific machine parts to accommodate the production of left handed models to ensure the lefties out there are getting a world class product. Introducing the PRS 2018 SE Custom 24 Lefty, left handed PRS guitars. Featuring the same construction and parts as the SE Custom 24 such as HFS and Vintage Bass pickups and solid mahogany body and neck – left handers out there now have a PRS workhorse at their disposal. Rejoice! Available in Fire Red Burst, Tobacco Sunburst, Trampas Green and Whale Blue.
PRS 2018 SE Santana Standard
The new PRS 2018 SE Santana Standard Vintage Cherry is an affordable version of the guitar legends signature guitar, offering up 22 frets of pure playability via a Rosewood fretboard and Wide Fat neck shape. The PRS 2018 SE Santana Standard is packed with PRS SE 85/15 pickups for tonal variety which sound great whether you throw some distortion at them or play through a clean amp. The inclusion of a PRS designed tremolo adds a new dynamic to your playing and the mahogany back wood with Maple top ensure your sound is resonant, articulate and snappy.
PRS 2018 SE Seven
The new PRS 2018 SE Seven now comes in two new finishes, Black Cherry and Gray Black, offering up the shredders out there some really cool designs to add to their arsenal. You have 7 strings of pure power to play with as well as a PRS SE HFS Treble and PRS SE Vintage Bass pickup to sculpt your tone. Whether you’re a jazz musician in need of that extra low B or a metal-head aiming to melt some faces with low end chugging riffs, the PRS 2018 SE Seven is a workhorse waiting to be unleashed upon the stages of the world. A bevelled maple top with flame maple veneer and mahogany back wood with maple neck ensure the guitar has that articulation for riffs and solos as well as the resonance to make those single string runs stand out.
For more information on the PRS 2018 SE Seven Black Cherry call 0151 448 2089
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PRS 2018 SE Standard 24
The extremely budget friendly PRS 2018 SE Standard 24 range features a selection of gorgeous finishes such as Tobacco Sunburst, Translucent Blue and Vintage Cherry, offering up a professional level guitar at intermediate prices. The 24-fret mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard with classic bird inlays looks stunning when coupled with the new style finishes, however it’s not all about the looks – this guitar can really wail. You have 24 frets within a rosewood fretboard, mahogany body for added depth and resonance as well as a PRS SE HFS in the bridge with push pull coil tap and PRS SE Vintage Bass pickup in the neck. Available in Tobacco Sunburst, Translucent Blue and Vintage Cherry.
PRS 2018 SE Standard 24 Multi Foil
The PRS 2018 SE Standard 24 Multi Foil deserves mention thanks to its unique finish. It features the same appointments as the SE Standard 24 models but includes an all new finish for the 2018 PRS range. The multi-foil design provides a unique look that will shine under stage lights whilst you wail on the SE HFS humbucking bridge pickup and SE Vintage bass pickup in the neck position. A highlight of the 2018 PRS range for sure.
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