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PRS SE Santana Guitar Review

Updated on October 30, 2013
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Tony worked as a musician for 20 years and entertained on cruise ships and hotels around the world. Russia was fav, from Moscow to St Peters

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Okay, so I've always been a sucker for a long slim neck, and shapely body that felt snug and comfortable when up close; I found it with the PRS SE Santana guitar.

  • Carlos Santana's influenced a range of PRS SE guitars, which launched in 2001, the new one was launched this year and is the latest in a line of five versions, none of which even comes near to this version for style, finish and quality of wood or accessories. Unlike the other models, the new one looks almost identical to the PRS Santana.
  • Okay so there are a few very minor details which are different, but once you plug in this guitar all that pales into insignificance.

The all round perfect guitar


There are tons of official write-ups, so you don't need one from me all that techno-babble, you probably want to know what it feels like, is it as comfortable as a pair of old slippers.

Imagine heaven…no not burgers the size of wagon wheel hubcaps smothered in fried onions and tomato ketchup and constant flowing fountains of beer.

The other one; giant stacks 32 x 12" speakers topped with Marshall or Mesa boogie amps, all around you in a circle like 'stonehenge': basket loads of wires and guitar gadgets…where angels played guitar even before they had wings.


Imagine your wildest rock and roll dream, the biggest rock and roll gig of all time, imagine a note played and bent up a tone and sustain that sings so long that you could grow a beard before it ends...the ghosts of the really great guitar ledgends swirling and spinning around them...you might find it here.

Phew well that got that out of my system.

Some Technical Stuff


MANUFACTURER PRS
Guitars, prsguitars.com
SCALE LENGTH
24 1/2 inches
FINGERBOARD
Rosewood with “oldschool” bird inlays
FRETS 22
BODY Mahogany with maple top and flame maple veneer
NECK Mahogany
BRIDGE PRS-designed tremolo
PICKUPS PRS Santana humbuckers
TUNERS PRS designed
CONTROLS Master
volume, master tone,
three-position pickup selector

Santana's guitar


For quite sometime I've been a fan of Santana's guitar sound and style. I could never really justify the expense of the Santana PRS, so when this model came out this year I had to see one. I made the mistake of not going to look at the last guitar I bought and although it was as advertised I was disappointed with certain little bits, so I decided that this time I would seek out this one before buying. I was so pleased that I did. Many thanks to the guys at Wildwire music in Selby Yorkshire for their time and patience.

If you have never seen the PRS guitars in the flesh as you might say, well then you might be forgiven for thinking that they are just another guitar. Think again Tiger, because they are very different. The finish is something else, they hang from the walls like crystals and reflect every morsel of light.

I have a couple of Les Paul's that feel like anchors around your neck after half an hour, but not this; I have to keep feeling it to make sure it is still there. The contouring of the guitar body seems to fit perfectly. The feel of the neck is very good too. I was not sure when the neck's design was said to be 'wide - fat' whether or not it would suit me, but it does. It makes the neck on my Les Paul Gary Moore signature guitar seem like a pick axe handle; so maybe it is not so wide or fat as you might think. I tried two guitars in this range and despite the mass production, they did feel different; I really can't tell you what it was but just something.

Despite the SE models being manufactured in Korea, [not that there is anything wrong with Korean craftsmanship] and being maybe £2000 cheaper than the American made ones, the finish and attention to detail is absolutely great. The sound of the pickups is very close to that which Santana is famous for and have tremendous sustain when needed.

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The Birds Are the Just Great
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The SE Santana is the first SE model to offer a 24 1/2–inch scale, but the SE has 22 frets while the upscale PRS Santana model has 24. The neck has a similar wide and fat profile, and the rosewood fingerboard is decorated with bird inlays.

It also comes with the PRS tremelo arm, which unlike some designs does not pull it out of tune when you use it. The strings are also fed in from the back through the bridge.

More PRS

Other Signature Guitars

PRS do not only work with just Santana, but so far there are 15 top guitarists from different genres of music with their own PRS guitar.

Oriantha is a special one worth mentioning, a young, talented Australian female guitarist who was to tour on Michael Jackson's fated last tour is a star of the future with her own PRS. I think this young woman has done really well in what is a male dominated world of rock. Her good looks and charm have obviously been a help too, but look beyond that and she's a great guitarist.


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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      Derdriu

      Thank you for your confidence, I hope to get back to painting soon. My studio over the winter has been cluttered up with my sons things as he changes houses, at last I almost have my space back, I find it incredible hard to work in an untidy area.

      see you,

      regards

      Tony

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Tony, Can you paint them from memory? I'd believe you, proper champion Yorkshireman.

      Respectfully, Derdriu

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      Derdriu,

      One of our TV gardeners Monty Don is on at the moment looking at the gardens of Italy and he was in Pisa last week. I've never seen the famous tower, but they showed it and I was amazed at just how severe an angle it is. I've no doubt you've been to Amsterdam and seen all the houses there that lean over at such drunken angles. I always wanted to paint them, except people would never believe the angles.

      take care

      Tony

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Tony, That's an idea! The lean will be added to all the recipes from my Pisa-born Italian ancestors.

      Respectfully, Derdriu

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      Derdriu

      It goes without saying that Yorkshire grub will be at the forefront of any heavenly menus.

      Pisa-style, is that with a slight lean to one side?

      regards Tony

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Tony, Italian cuisine tends to be a heavenly favorite (Pisa-style, like my maternal ancestors) of mine so I tend to take beer and burgers for granted ;-]. But why wouldn't the way to heaven be paved with Yorkshire cuisine?

      Respectfully, Derdriu

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      Derdriu, thank you for the compliments and for taking the time to comment and read the hub.

      I've had this guitar a few months now and it really is my favourite, so comfortable to play.

      Could it be heaven without beer and burgers?

      regards

      Tony

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Tony, What an elucidating, informative, useful summary of the PRS-SE-Santana! In particular, I like the way you hook readers in with your fantastic, double-entendre opening sentence. Additionally, I appreciate the descriptions, pictures and videos.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up + all.

      Respectfully, Derdriu

      P.S. So heaven is full of beer and burgers?

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      hi Wesman,

      likewise with me, I played bass as a pro for 12 years, but just recently I got a bee in my bonnet about guitars which started with me digging an old les paul out of the attic that needed some serious attention. try the 12 string some time, you'll be knocked out with the sound.

      cheers

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I've never owned a twelve string - but then again, if it were up to me......I'd own so many guitars that I'd need a warehouse to store them all.

      It's not that I even play that well - it's just an extreme appreciation of guitars. I'm always glad to read someone that likes guitars as well as I do!

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      HI Wesman,

      thanks for calling in, I remembered that you commented on my LEs PAul hub and thought I'd contact you.

      I have an Antoria 12 string cherry humingbird, 1970, which I still love. I love the sound of a steel string jumbo guitar, I've owned a few in my time.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I hit "other" on the poll because I'm really an acoustic guitar guy.

      Oh I've owned electrics - but nothing so nice as a PRS - those things just always sound amazing!

      I'm pretty big into guitar reviews here on Hubpages - but I really like your style!

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      HiTTC12

      thanks for the comment and calling by.

      I love this guitar, the finish and the quality are just very special.

      Tony

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      TTC12 6 years ago

      Nice write up on the SE! I have played these many times at Guitar Center and have always been impressed with their quality. I love the single cut SE in natural mahogany.

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