PRS SE Standard 24 'Baybridge Blue' (RRP £525)
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Iconic Double Cutaway Design
The SE Standard 24 is based on it's sibling, the Custom 24, and is constructed with a bevelled all-mahogany body. This tonewood delivers great resonance and warm tones with a natural mid-range focus. The asymmetric double cutaway design has been a staple of the PRS range of guitars and has found its way into the hands of countless professional musicians in all sorts of genres. The 2018 Standard 24 continues this legacy and delivers PRS's effortless playability, great-looks with its body and fingerboard binding, and a very wide range of tones. It is constructed with the notorious attention to detail that PRS are known for, and gives you a high performing 24 fret instrument that can inspire the developing musician.
The SE Standard 24 is designed to bring the best of classic guitar designs in a 'half-way' instrument that has its own distinct voice. A 25'' scale length is the ideal compromise for easy string bends but still provides the correct string tension for long sustain and thick tones. The double cutaway asymmetric body and low-profile set-neck joint provide easy access to all 24 frets, with the lower horn featuring a bevelled cut to further assist your left hand. Medium frets are smoothly finished and the whole guitar sits comfortably in your hands, providing an effortless playing experience across the whole fingerboard. The inclusion of 24 frets would usually have connotations of a rock/metal inspired 'shred' guitar, but here you can have all the playability of a 24-fret instrument with the great looks of a classic guitar alongside a versatile yet distinct tonal voice.
PRS brought the 85/15 "S" pickups to the SE range in 2017, and have been delivering a versatile performance ever since. With a 3-way switch they can access powerful bridge tones and mellow flute-like sounds, to cover all bases from clean sounds through to overdriven aggression or biting lead sounds. They are very responsive to player dynamics and volume/tone control adjustments and will provide a vintage-vibe tonal range with increased versatility. The tone control acts as a push/pull switch to access coil-tapping for single-coil sounds. These features make the PRS SE Standard 24 a versatile instrument with an ability to flick effortlessly between genres; it could be a session player's ideal one-guitar setup.
PRS Build Quality
Anyone who has heard Paul Reed Smith talk about guitars knows that he is fastidious in his research and development and his continual drive to improve his guitar designs. The PRS SE Standard 24 is a true reflection of that, and the SE range has continued to evolve beyond it's initial design brief of being a "Student Edition" instrument. Quality machine-heads and bridges along with solid tonewoods and high quality construction methods help to deliver accurate tuning and intonation with a fantastic playing experience. This guitar would make a fantastic platform for a developing musician, and goes far beyond what you would consider to be a 'beginner' guitar; pro players could equally find that the specification, playability and reliability matches their requirements perfectly.
- Mahogany body
- Maple neck with smooth rosewood fingerboard
- 24 medium frets on a 25'' scale fingerboard with bird inlays
- PRS 85/15 'S' Humbucking pickups with 3-way switch and push/pull tone control for coil-tapping
- Double cutaway body with contours and easy top fret access
- Series: SE Standard
- Wood: Mahogany
- Shape: Asymmetric double cutaway
- Colour: Baybridge Blue
- Material: Bound Maple
- Shape: Wide Thin
- Construction: Set Neck
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Inlays: Birds
- Frets: 24 Medium
- Scale Length: 25''
Hardware & Electronics
- Pickups: PRS 85/15 "S" Treble Humbucker, PRS 85/15 "S" Bass Humbucker
- Controls: Volume, Tone with Push/Pull Switch, 3-Way Toggle Switch,
- Bridge: PRS Patented Tremolo
- Tuners: PRS Designed Tuners
- Hardware: Nickel