PRS SE Standard 24 (HH) Solidbody Electric Guitar (old model - Discontinued)

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$499
PRS SE Standard 24

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 60+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Paul Reed Smith guitars, have grown to compete with big brand contenders in a relatively short amount of time, thanks to the quality of their guitars. And while they are well known for their more expensive instruments, they have since expanded into more budget friendly price ranges with their SE Standard range, including this 24-fret model based on their popular Custom 24 guitar.

The PRS SE Standard 24 comes with everything that made the more expensive versions popular, including a 24-fret mahogany set-neck, rosewood fretboard with bird inlays, and a PRS-Designed tremolo - albeit using more cost effective materials and manufactured in South Korea.

Specifications

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Finish: Translucent Blue (Pictured), Black, Vintage Cherry, Tobacco Sunburst
  • Bridge: PRS designed Tremolo
  • Neck Pickup: SE Vintage Bass Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: SE HFS Treble Humbucker
  • Neck: Maple (Wide Thin Shape)
  • Scale Length: 25”
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12”
  • Frets: 24
  • Nut Width: 1.6875”
  • Controls: 1-volume, 1-tone with Coil Splitting
  • Pickup Selector: 3-way blade switch

Pros

For the price, the SE Standard 24 impressed many users with its true to form PRS playability and appeal, to the point that it gets perfect ratings even from industry experts. The guitar's tone gets a lot of commendation, mostly for its clarity and sustain. Even experienced players appreciate its coil tap quack sounds.

Cons

There are a few that found the PRS "approved" tuners and tremolo system to be quite clanky out-of-the-box, but it is mentioned that they work fine when you don't go over the top with the tremolo. Some reviewers comment that minor setup adjustments resulted in better playability.

Overall

This is the highest rated PRS electric guitar you can buy in this price range, so if you are into their brand of tone and attention to details, then pick this one.

Unfortunately this is no longer available new in stores, however there are excellent alternatives you can see in our recommended list of Humbucker equipped Electric Guitars Under $500 - See details here.

See and hear the PRS SE Standard 24 in action below:

About the Author

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.