PRS SE P20E Acoustic-Electric Parlor Guitar


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PRS SE P20E Acoustic-Electric Parlor Guitar

Gearank High Notes

PRS SE P20E: Highest Rated Parlor Guitar between $500 and $1000 - 2022.07

Gearank Recommended

The PRS SE P20E appeared on our recommended list for Parlor Guitars Under $1000 when we published the first edition in September 2021 and it has been on that list in the top ranked position for every edition we've published.

At publication time this was the Highest Rated Parlor Guitar Under $1000.


  • Not for those who want short scale playability
  • Not for those who prefer gritty tones or full bodied sound


  • Superb PRS craftsmanship
  • Great neck and string action setup
  • Mellow yet detailed tone
  • Ideal for those who want a parlor guitar with regular scale length

User Feedback

As expected from PRS, owners are bedazzled by the SE P20E's craftsmanship.

This parlor size acoustic features a solid mahogany top, supported by a hybrid bracing that combines the best features of X and classical bracing which gives it good resonance and structural stability. The resulting sound is mellow yet still detailed and responsive.

It uses mahogany for the back and sides, and has a slim parlor style body that's reminiscent of actual parlor guitars used back in the 1930's. It comes with a walnut fingerboard that is as premium feeling as PRS' other acoustic guitars.

In addition to eye candy and solid build, users are pleased at how well the neck and strings are setup, which some describe as far better than their previous instruments.

Tone is another important factor in reviews, described as mellow yet detailed, and very endearing especially to experienced musicians.

Even Art Thompson of Guitar Player magazine is pleased, concluding his review with this: "I’m sold on the Tonare Parlor SE P20E. This is a great-sounding guitar with a price/performance ratio that is off the hook."

It also comes with Fishman GT1 electronics, which includes an under-saddle piezo pickup with soundhole mounted controls.

You don't have to be a fan of PRS guitars to appreciate this quality parlor guitar.


  • Body Shape: SE Parlor
  • Top: Solid Mahogany
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Finish: Satin
  • Bridge: Walnut
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: PRS Wide-Fat Shape
  • Fingerboard: Walnut
  • Fingerboard Radius: 11.8"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 24.72"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
Rating Source Highlights
Website Source *Rating Value
Guitar Player Art Thompson 90/100
Acoustic Guitar James Rotondi 95/100
Guitar Girl Mag Alex Windsor 94/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.