PRS SE Standard 24 (HH) Solidbody Electric Guitar

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$499
PRS SE Standard 24
PRS SE Standard 24

PRS SE Standard 24

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.

The PRS SE Standard 24 was on our recommended list until we performed a detailed review of solidbody guitars between $200 and $500 in March 2019. At that time we found there were more highly rated options with humbucking pickups to recommend and you can find them in our guide to The Best Electric Guitars Under $500.

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