PRS SE Tonare Parlor P20E review

A budget and couch-friendly small-bodied acoustic with a classy finish and a serious voice

PRS SE Tonare
(Image: © PRS)

Guitar World Verdict

Boasting clean lines from top to bottom, comfortable playability and a sweetly sonorous voice, the PRS SE Tonare P20E is one of the finest budget-minded parlor guitars.


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    Excellent build, excellent value.

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    Big tone from a small body.

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    Buttery playability.

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    Decent electronics.


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    As ever with small-bodied guitars, if you need mega-booming volume, look elsewhere.

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The mighty dreadnought has earned a solid reputation as a booming crowd pleaser, but for many savvy players in the know, the graceful narrow-waisted contours and charming, melodious voice that flows from a parlor acoustic guitar proves it to be, by contrast, the belle of the ball. 

In spite of my attributing an affectionately feminine term to it, it’s worth noting the parlor guitar – since its appearance in the 1800s – has often been misrepresented as a women’s acoustic because of its smaller size. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.