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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / PRS Santana SE 2013



The radio makes hideous sounds-Dylan
Oct 13th, 2017 12:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Does anyone have an opinion on these?
I have the chance to snag a second hand one for $499 (inc gig bag) Australian. Pretty cheap here. They go for over $1k new. It's the amethyst colour.
Do I really need it; no. Can I afford it? yes.

Like this one

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the downtime
Oct 13th, 2017 03:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

The PRS SE line (any year) are among the absolute best import guitars available at any price. Quality of materials, fit and finish are superb.

When buying any used electric guitar, the following considerations are critical and will prevent you from getting ripped off.

1. Does the truss rod work? If not, it is an expensive repair.

2. Condition of the frets. Are they excessively worn, or have they been leveled and dressed to the point that they may need replacement? If so, that adds cost.

3. Overall condition and evidence of breaks or repairs. Honest play wear like buckle stuff on the back and small bumps or dings are normal. Signs of neglect or abuse are a red flag. Wrinkles or flaking of the finish can indicate the guitar was in water at some point in its life. Closely check around the neck joint and headstock for cracks in the finish. Make sure all hardware is intact, e.g., no parts missing from the tuning machines, etc.

4. Pickups and controls: check to see they function properly. Have a peek inside the control cavity to check for amateur goofiness.

If everything above checks out (and the price is right), it's a safe buy.

In reasonably good condition, the guitar you're looking at is a good deal. It's basically a Gibson Les Paul DC with simplified controls and a very good vibrato bridge. If you don't currently own an LP, it will fill that niche. And it comes with the PRS gig bag--which are among the best in the business.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Oct 13th, 2017 05:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Everything Pee said is good advice. I will add just a couple other things based on my experience though.

The 24.5" is cool. I have a couple of Fenders (Mustang, Duo Sonic) that are 24" and I have liked the short scale, but lately whenever I go back to the 25.5", it really feels like home to me.

Another consideration with PRS is the neck profile.
The SE models are all either Wide Fat or Wide Thin.
I had a 2006 PRS SE Singlecut that was a Wide Fat. The guitar sounded great and actually played really well but over time I found the neck just too chunky. I know many *love* chunky, but me, not so much. Oddly the Wide Thin doesn't do it for me either.

One thing I find with neck profiles (and this is just for me) is they can feel really good at first but take time for me to really "feel it" and know if it works for me.

I would suggest going into a shop that stocks PRS SE's (sadly, JB Hifi??) and try out a Santana and see how it feels. That may or may not tell you right away if it's right for you, but at least you'd get an idea.

Also, that *is* a really good price (for AUD) if it's in good nick.

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 08:52 AM, Oct 13th, 2017)

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I tried to think

but nothing happened!
Oct 13th, 2017 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had one and it was a really nicely made and playing axe. Low buzz-free action and it stayed in tune. Pretty light. If it was purple I would probably still have it. I just prefer the 4 pot controls.

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