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SE Soapbar, LP-Shaped Guitar from PRS in the SE series.


4 user reviews

PRS SE Soapbar tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: PRS
  • Model: SE Soapbar
  • Series: SE
  • Category: LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 11/27/2006

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PRS SE Soapbar user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 4 reviews )
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tjon90111/12/2011

tjon901's review"PRS SE Singlecut with crunchy P90s"

PRS SE Soapbar
The SE line from PRS is one of the best line of import guitars. PRS is well known for their super high end Custom level guitars. Now they are getting more into the reasonably priced guitar market with the SE line of guitar. These guitars are quite similar to their USA made cousins but since they are made overseas so they are much less expensive. This is the singlecut model with their P90 soapbar pickups. It is mahogany with a maple top. It has the traditional 25 inch PRS scale length on a 22 fret mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard. It has PRS's wide fat neck and two PRS P90 style pickups. There is a master tone and master volume with a 3 way toggle switch that is unusually placed. The bridge is PRS's wrap around stop tail design which is better than most wraparound designs.

UTILIZATION

These guitar have a lot of the playability you would find on a 3000 dollar PRS. They have great factory setups for being made overseas. This model has the PRS Wide-Fat neck which is now called the Pattern Regular neck. I guess Wide-Fat was scaring too many people off. It is a bit like a Gibson but with a much flatter radius so the the fretboard has more of a modern feel to it. PRS guitars always seem to have better intonation than other guitars even with their seemingly simple bridge setups. On many guitars with bridges like this the intonation is bad but PRS has figured out how to design their bridges to where the design is simple but the intonation is correct. The pickup selector is still off by itself. I dont know what the thinking is about this but I am not a fan.

SOUNDS

The PRS soapbar P90s give you that classic crunchy P90 sound. It is like the perfect mix of a humbucker and stratty single coil. They are true single coils but they have more beef and body to them. They can clean up and give the twang but you can also get really dirty with them and they dont sound harsh. The nice low end the pickups deliver give you a nice thick tone overall. You can really rock out on the bridge pickup. This guitar is very versatile with these pickups. You can go from country to rock and jazz with some tweaking on the tone control.

OVERALL OPINION

This guitar is a great alternative to getting an Epiphone or something with P90s. Now many guitars come with P90s nowadays and if they do they are usually vintage reissues that cost and arm and a leg. Even if you arent really looking for a P90 guitar its something you should consider. Not many people rock the P90s any more and its a sound that is still very usable. If you are looking for a good guitar with or without P90s you should consider the PRS SE. It is a good guitar overall with a currently neglected pickup selection.
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cptn.io11/27/2006

cptn.io's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PRS SE Soapbar
For the characteristics, there's nothing wrong, everything adj t say below ... I would add that I find the micro slecteur a pity all too noisy, and the knob of Tone then slipped contact eventually jump (absolutely wicked in mm tps c'tait of Cygnus). In its globality itches very good at the technical level, especially for the price.

USE

On this point, I am less enchant my prdecesseur because I find the handle really too thick, I may be a bit picky the top, but ... A strat best for me this cot l.
I also find it too heavy, this still fairly compared to lgres scratch, but less heavy than a Les Paul eg.
A shares ergonomics is rather cool, it's nothing psychedelic but very ergonomic ...
I would add just one point, I do not know if it's me or the handle, or the inclination, or ropes, or microphones, or chance, but I find that we can not bring out the sound by just pressing the string on the right box.
This guitar is very versatile I find, I think even she could go on Mtal (not my style) following the amp because we can go on quite fat sounds though ... copies of P90 do not allow any follies, I would still adding a micro personally. I would say that this same horizon of possibilities makes the fact defois hard to really find "her" his kicking your ass 100%, or find a typical typ sound such and such a thing thingy ....

SONORITS

I play on an amp without really **** m mark, which is the honor of the guitar, but I think changing the Hughes & Kettner for which it can be expressed more.
Since I returned to the Tone knob up, we really going to sound really opened completely deaf.
Since I try to stay "openmind" and that I am beginner, it suits me well because of its range of possibilities I play without much effect or distortion with an old ba ... rockman it in doing well

NOTICE GLOBAL

So finally this guitar did not make me completely crazy to the point of making me go mad and leave family and home to trace my way in music, did not make me smack my girlfriend, has not revolutionized rock 'n roll, psychedelic shapes did not, but what we asked she does it well.
And for the price I got o (350 euros), I find that his report is qualitprix one of the best.
For a beginner like me, this is a much better choice I think the classic Strat Squier or Epiphone Les Paul. I had a copy of Les Paul dating before and was a bit kaput, ba I can tell you that c'tait a revolution in comparison. I have already been able to touch other guitars that are supposed to be more "in" ba I have not had contact more "transcendent and mystical" with this guitar, even with ear musicians were warned not hear a big difference.
Now I think when my technique will evolve, my guitar too, so I do not have that choice. This is a good choice for qqun dbute that, but if we want to have fun and that background has the means, you can start typing in the more upscale, why not in PRS we can tell, not nglige his guitars, even the conditions "under treated."
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vlandrieu08/13/2006

vlandrieu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PRS SE Soapbar
Body

* Mahogany

Handle

* 25 "scale mahogany. 22-fret. Rosewood back with" moon inlays "
* Neck carve - wide fat

Fittings

* Bridge PRS stoptail
Mcaniques PRS * (non-locking)

Electronics

* Two microphones "soapbar" PRS
CONTRL * Volume, Tone and slecteur 3 positions.

UTILIZATION

The handle is a real rgal.
I actually had a lightning strike ds vritable the first agreement when I try in store. Its shape and button are comfortable and have direct trs want to travel the round in a furious improvisation.
Personally it is this type of race that suits me more. PRS Tremonti SE, which apparently is a guitar very similar, has a strong handle diffrent and I find that of the Soapbar raises more inspiration. But this is a subjective observation trs.
In addition, repeated "moon inlays" are the most beautiful effect and adds an original touch the instrument.

SOUNDS

Instant thunderbolt for the handle, but also for the softness has reproduced the combo Marshall Valvestate guitar silent on which branch. Given the heat of her coming out of an amp that I knew well and has a clean sound trs way, I can not imagine your exact amp on a range suprieure.
The neck pickup is a warm desire, round and well equilibrated. The arpges are broadcast with many nuances and directly incites to play a more subtle Manir. By varying the tonality can get his hat that would Phra some jazz guitar. You can really play on the attack of the strings because the sound is reproduced in all a dynamic and sustain is incredible (handle al.
Mirco The bridge is bright enough to clean and has good even when prsence in the lower, which is quite rare. The pots go funky trs well. But I do not often bridge pickups for clean sounds and I am therefore the distortion.
By a small dtour by overdrive! It is not nothing I m'tale on the subject, you can imagine that the heat is still there, and with the excellent dynamic mics, you can refine his game to saturate more or less sound.
In terms of distos, I had a apprhension. Knew nothing about the Soapbar pickups, I was afraid of their behavior high gain and high volume. I was afraid it suffers from the same kind of evil that the Fender Jaguar pickups whose support trs poorly distos dense and Feedback are untimely ds as you go up the volume.
So I plug in my PRS VH100R Laney, engages the distal and mounts the volume. And it's love at first sight deuxime: prcis sound, clean and with lots of bite on the bridge pickups. I was not able to leave a m'empcher improv 15min good good rock'n'roll. Powerful sound, even in the square and biting mdiums. Exactly what I needed.
I switch on the microphones APRS rsultat handle and equally surprising. Trs gain much support some noise, a perfect balance and even fun. This position is effective with trs distos fuzz.
Dcidment My Discoveries microphones "soapbar" could not go better! I'm sure they exceed their wealth by humbuckers sound.

I have not spoken to the position intermdiaire because I do not use it often. Not specially I like it not, but I like the other two positions so that I may be yet found the time to exploit it.

OVERALL OPINION

It's been over two years I use this guitar in all styles. I use it in my group because it gives me the wide range of his that I need, but not of distos sharp metal, arpges of soft and fluid, and comfort for the solos.
I play a lot of jazz and his hat are the Pat Martino available quibble the Tone.
I noticed that it surpassed my guitars in almost every style. And I confess that it's frustrating. I would change depending on the guitar styles but each time I return the PRS ... So I dlaiss my Fender Tele Nashville, on which I had so much fun (I emerged rcemment and say anything, it's a good guitar as trs).
Also note that the new version, Soapbar II trial exact specifications of the firm Gibson, a double cutaway ... I got less Aesthetics.
I do not put that 8 / 10 because I never had the opportunity to try a "real" PRS and I doubt that has to be something unique.
The guitar comes with a nice cover PRS trs.
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Marc008/17/2006

Marc0's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PRS SE Soapbar
Wine has said the CHARACTERISTICS below, I would add just that I have a doubt in the body, I do not think it's solid mahogany, as given that the guitar is quite the gre. For the price of electronic acastillage and are of good quality

UTILIZATION

The handle is really trs fluid, it can just all styles, we can play like Malmsteen conventional rock, it is fast prcis, good size. However, it is a bit more than most pais sleeves enough "flats" type Ibanez, but it really is not Drang.
No problem with Access in acute ... nothing wrong.
The guitar is really lgre and comfort level, bin I do not know what to say I rarely essay guitar uncomfortable.

SOUNDS

This is not mine personally but it should just all styles, trs is versatile and works wonders in soapbar bridge distortion, the bass is Submitted.
Exactly, Soapbar force, the sound is trs "smooth", trs both soft and crystalline, it is so particular that it is not easy dcrire. It enlve the tonal and you can play jazz, it hands it can play rock ...
A 9 for sound, particulirement developed.

OVERALL OPINION

It's a PRS, it's not a Harley or a Jim Stagg, it feels right now, the finish is clean trs, IDAL is sound, there's no doubt it is the work of a great brand. Made in Korea or not, it's a great guitar in its class, and I must say that on all those I tried in this price range, she won the hand.
An excellent guitar, which, for 600 euros, is a marvel of mid-range. 9 for an overall opinion.
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