“40 years on, PRS is still setting standards that other brands would do well to study very closely”: PRS S2 Standard 24 Satin and S2 Vela Satin review

As PRS’s more affordable USA-made S2 line moves into its second decade, the series gets a revamp with – at last – USA-made pickups and electronics. What took so long?

PRS S2 Standard 24 Satin
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

The immaculate craft and lutherie on display is unmatched and the workhorse style is enhanced by quite exceptional, wide‑ranging sounds. 40 years on, PRS is still setting standards that other brands would do well to study very closely.


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    Less posh workingman style.

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    Versatile and high-quality classic sounds.

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    Effortlessly in tune.

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    Superb playability and vibrato system on the Standard 24.

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    Vela has a unique-to-PRS offset design.

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    It has a vibe-y bridge pickup and big-sounding neck voicing.

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    It’s a shame PRS ignores the left-handed community.

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For its first 16 years of production-guitar making, PRS only made its instruments in the USA. When the company finally began to offer the ‘offshore’ Korean-made SE models – now made in Indonesia – it gave the brand a new, much lower price point but also created a large hole, price wise, in between. 

From its launch in 2013, the USA S2 line aimed to fill that gap: the essence of PRS, still built alongside the all-singing, all-dancing Core level in Maryland.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.