PRS SE Santana Singlecut Trem review

PRS launched a trio of signature models at the start of 2019 and decided to leave the biggest till last. Finally, we catch up with Santana’s latest vision...

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Guitar World Verdict

Further proof that, on the eve of its 35th anniversary, PRS is upping its game, particularly in its most affordable SE range.


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    Big, beefy tones with clarity and definition.

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    A very nicely voiced Singlecut that’s more than worth

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    the asking price.


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    One colour.

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    No left-handers.

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    No single-coil switching.

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Carlos Santana has been playing PRS guitars virtually exclusively since the early 80s. He’s mainly preferred the pre-production style that Paul himself made before he redesigned both the body and headstock shape to what we know as the Custom – the basis for the modern PRS guitar. 

Initially, it was a little odd that you couldn’t buy a replica of Carlos’s guitar (that came a little later), but when PRS finally decided to make a more affordable offshore range, the SE, the first model was a Santana signature.

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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.