Brad Bailey

PRS SE Custom 24 7-String Guitar

Several months ago, I got ahold of a PRS SE Custom 24 &-string electric guitar. The SE series are foreign made instruments constructed for Paul Reed Smith.

Up till this point, I had used my Sterling by Music Man JP70 almost exclusively. It is a shredder's guitar, built to the specifications of John Petrucci of Dream Theater, one of the most technically able guitarists on the planet. Indeed, it is a fine guitar, but the neck on it feels huge, like a mile across the fretboard, and it too me quite a bit of time to get used to.

Immediately upon picking up the PRS SE, I noticed how comfortable the neck felt. I've compared it to a "classic rock 7-string," and by that I mean it feels almost like a Les Paul. Not exactly, of course, but I just couldn't believe how easily I adjusted to this guitar. It just feels like "mine," like it fits me perfectly. It has become my main guitar, both for gigs and practice.

This beauty features the classic Paul Reed Smith body shape, and PRS designed pickups. Mine has a black finish, but different finishes seem to be available at different retail outlets, so it's worth shopping around to see if you find one you prefer.

I'm reviewing my personal instrument; I've not been sent one to review. I just really, really like this one, and you can ask my friends; I never shut up about it.

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