I was down visiting one my 6 sisters-in-law after dropping another off at the Detroit airport Thursday. I drove back home on Saturday, a 4-hour drive but decided to take a small detour to visit the Guitar Center store in Saginaw, a 2.5-hour drive from my house in northern Michigan. I had no intentions of purchasing a guitar, I just wanted to check out some acoustics and see what I might like now that I know a little more about playing. I thought I would at least be able to tell whether one sounded better than another which was impossible for me a mere 4 months ago, the last time I tried.
I was zeroing in on a blue Breedlove but wasn’t necessarily loving it, I’ve been learning on an electric, the Squier Bullet by Fender, and acoustics still seem rather alien to me. So, I wandered back out into the main store and perused the electrics in my price range, just to see mind you, not to buy. I finally got to pick up a semi hollow body, having admired them online and discovered that, dang, those are heavy, heavier than I would like. Then walking over to the used section there was this cherry red PRS SE Soapbar II, made in Korea that looked rather nice and when I asked to plug it in and try a few chords on it sounded even nicer. WAY nicer than my poor Squier.
I immediately searched the internet for a little info on Soapbars, wasn’t much actually. But I really, really liked it. So, called my finance minister (who was under the floor installing ductwork at home, ouch, (sorry dear, here I am playing around in a guitar store while you’re trying to get us central heat). Told him the price, got the okay, with the caveat that it meant no more guitars for a while. I got clarification that it only meant the rest of this year. I can live with that.
So here she is, the store called it “custom”. From photos of others on the internet, all I can figure is that the pickguard makes it custom. The pickguard is a little scratched up and there are minor surface scratches in the finish down near the volume knob which are really only visible in certain light. And after I got it home and tuned it to standard tuning (I think it had that double D thing going) I discovered the low E and A strings buzz pretty badly. But even with that it still sounds better than my Squier.
Looks good, dual p90s, I assume PRS own?
And the typical PRS scale?
that buzz on E and A can probably be fixed ater a bit of setup
Strange, usually increasing the string tension is likely to result in less buzz
Looks super cool! Congrats!
Given it’s a 2.5 hour drive away from where you bought it, let the guitar acclimatize before you do a setup on it. New guitars often ship with waaaay high action (at least that’s what I’ve noticed), seeing as it’s used someone has put it super low it seems. Either a truss rod or bridge tweak should sort it out - I’d go with bridge first if the bridge allows you to adjust the strings individually.
Very nice! Love the color. Congrats!
Gorgeous! PRS is always impressive!
Congratulations Rebecca! I like the body shape, it looks comfortable. And it seems to be light weight. My favourites also are guitars that are not so heavy. I hope you have fun with it for a long time
Enjoy your new guitar Rebecca, looking good.
Welcome to the Community PRS Owners Club, Rebecca.
I think the PRS SE range are among the best value for money guitars to consider. Mine was a noticeable improvement on my Epiphone LP, which played well and sounded great but was heavy. PRS played as well, sounded better, and as a semi-hollow is way lighter. I expect you will find yours to be a significant upgrade on the Squier Bullet.
Yay a new PRS club member . That’s a ver sweet looking instrument Rebecca, congratulations.
I like your line of having no intention of buying it; for all of us hat one step into a guitar store does funny things to our intentions and wallets!
Have a wild time playing the custom
Ha, ha, that’s how it starts…just looking…the puppy effect…
Nice looking guitar and as it’s a PRS it won’t disappoint you. Have a lot of fun!
I like how we all tell ourselves this.
Happy NGD Rebecca, looks real nice. What did hubby think of it after interrupting his ductwork installation?
Happy NGD Rebecca.
PRS SE for the 2nd hand bang-for-buck and big quality win.
Soapbar is the PRS equivalent to a Gibson pickup called a P90.
They are single coil - you may get a little single coil hum at high gain - but they rock and are super versatile.
You have a single-piece wraparound bridge which when the guitar is set up to its best / to your liking should be a winner too.
Cherry Red, what’s not to love ? Cracking looking PRS Rebecca, should sound great with the Soapbars/P90 pups ! Happy NGD.
Well, this is used and as other than the buzzing the strings are so easy to play compared to my Squier it may have had a setup sometime in its past. I will be tweaking it in the near future when I get the chance. It’s a hardtail, so I’m not sure how much I can do with the bridge.
This guitar looks amazing! I love the colour and the shape of it.
Have lots of fun with this beauty