PRS SE DGT review

The long-anticipated PRS SE DGT – the David Grissom Tremolo – finally lands. But just how does this dramatically more affordable SE version stack up to the classic Core model?

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Guitar World Verdict

A damn fine working guitar that covers pretty much all of the classic genres with the flick or pull of a switch and the twist of a control knob.


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    Detailed build.

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    Creamy humbucker voices.

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    Excellent single-coil sounds.

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    Good weight. Stable in-tune vibrato.

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    Some parts are generic – but they remain perfectly functional.

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Early in 2022, PRS let slip that its teams were working on an SE version of the long-running David Grissom Tremolo (DGT). He might not have the A-list profile of the likes of John Mayer, but if you’re in the PRS ‘family’, David Grissom is a very important person. 

His input into the McCarty Model – appearing in 1994 as the first more vintage-aimed PRS guitar – is well documented and was, of course, the basis for his own signature guitar. Before his name was applied to the headstock, it was going to be called the ‘McCarty II’. That guitar was launched in 2007 at the Austin Summer NAMM Show and was followed by an all-mahogany Standard version in 2012.

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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.