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Making its name with original electric guitar designs like the Custom 24, in recent years the company has diversified its lineup. The Custom 24 is arguably PRS’ flagship model, which has lead its Core range since 1985. © 2020 Andertons Music Company Not only ensuring first-class tones, the materials that PRS use gives their Core models an exquisite look as well. Is the expensive model worth the extra money? Hello Ed The Baker is very cool it plays like a PRS pre-factory custom 24. Made with the utmost attention to detail, these instruments are built at PRS’ main factory in Stevensville, Maryland. Currently, all SE models are made by ‘World Musical Instruments Co.’ in South Korea. This has been the company’s main headquarters since 1996. If you picked up a US-made PRS and compared it to an SE model, you probably would feel a difference. Having studied Music and Music Technology, his interests lie equally in both performance and production. Paul Reed Smith guitars are precision-engineered instruments capable of a wide range of tones. Now established as a key player in the mid-priced guitar market too, PRS has extended its appeal to a larger audience by manufacturing instruments in the Far East. Rob is plugged in to the Victory V130 Super Countess & Lee is plugged in to the Victory V40D Duchess Deluxe. They represent excellent value-for-money, and PRS has developed these guitars to be much closer to their Core counterparts over the years. However, skilled workers hand-sand, fit and finish every guitar to perfection, making them feel like true works-of-art. PRS also has a reputation for strict quality control, meaning that no ‘dud’ guitar will ever leave its main factory. Founded in 1985 by Paul Reed Smith, PRS Guitars has become one of the most renowned brands in the guitar community. This is, of course, a process that dozens of guitar companies rely on to generate more volume, while the cost of labour is also cheaper. PRS’s acoustic line is made in Asia and is all available for under $1,000. From the proprietary pickups to the innovative tremolos, PRS guitars are built to satisfy even the most discerning player. Speaking of the Silver Sky, this is one of only a handful of PRS designs that features single-coil pickups. Not only splitting its electric guitar catalogue into different ranges, PRS has also introduced acoustic models and even released its own amplifiers. Watch to find out their opinion: Interested in finding out more about music gear and expanding your knowledge? Launch price: … So, if your guitar hero happens to have a PRS signature guitar, you’ll probably find it in the SE range. We’re aware that there is a gulf between them in terms of their prices, but you’ll soon realise that these models are more similar than you may have originally thought. But today, even seasoned professionals have been known to use them. But for a guitar that can cost 4-5 times more than an SE, it will make you wonder if the extra money is worth it. PRS Core guitars are predominantly cut using conventional CNC machines. While the PRS Core line also boasts artist instruments, the SE series has a much larger signature lineup. I am the frontman and guitarist for Dorje, demonstrator for Andertons Music and I am also the founder/owner of Chapman Guitars. Pairing high design with top-of-the-line components, PRS has created the ultimate player's guitar… To ensure that their SE guitars can remain cost-effective, they are built in a factory that uses mass production techniques. While it’s clear that there’s an air of prestige associated with PRS Core guitars, the SE series shouldn’t be dismissed.