PRS SE Standard 24-08 review

PRS guitars are very expensive and loaded with bling, right? Not this one. The start-up PRS gets a 24-08 makeover that should interest any hard-working player

PRS SE Standard 24-08
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

It’s faultlessly made and functions perfectly, but it’s the ‘08’ switching that turns it from being an also-ran into a serious workhorse for any player who needs to cover a lot of ground from one instrument. A new standard for the mass production guitar? It’s a yes from us.


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    Faultless build.

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    Great playability and tuning stability.

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    Diverse, quality sounds.

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    A ‘start-up’ guitar that performs way beyond its price.


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    Minimal colour choices, but who cares when it sounds this good?

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Earlier this year PRS released the Indonesian-made SE Silver Sky in trumpet-waving and near internet-breaking style. 

Another pair of releases went under the radar: the USA-made S2 Custom 24-08 and this little gem, the SE Standard 24-08, which is £30 shy of being the lowest-priced electric guitar currently offered by PRS.

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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.