Wednesday, August 24, 2011

PRS SE Santana -- Wow!

Guitar companies have a tough job. Players hear top-notch gear used by their favorite artists, but often those instruments are priced out of range for the average musician.

Every once in a while, though, some company finds the perfect balance between quality materials and construction, and a cost that puts it in reach of many players. Paul Reed Smith’s new SE Santana Model is such a guitar.

Together, Carlos Santana and the Paul Reed Smith guitar company have spent more than 30 years honing in on the exact features and materials that Carlos wanted in a guitar. Along the way, they have offered several different “high-end” signature models to the public. At prices ranging from $3,000 to more than $8,000, those guitars were simply not practical for many of the guitarists who may have wanted them.

On the other side, the “lower-end” Santana signature models — Santana “SE” guitars in various iterations — were completely different from Mr. Santana’s. There was no middle ground. Now, the production team at PRS has achieved it with a vengeance.

With a similar look, feel, and sound, the new SE Santana delivers a creditable version of Carlos’ model, yet the retail price — $795 — puts it well into affordability for a huge percentage of shoppers.

For more detailed information about this amazing instrument, read the story:

> PRS Santana SE and Me