Review: Paul Reed Smth SE 245 Electric Guitar
Great quality control
Comes with a good quality gig bag
Bridge has no individual intonation adjustments for each string
Does not come with a hard shell case
When it came time to buy my first guitar, I always wanted a Gibson Les Paul as I frankly just LOVE the sound of Gibson Les Paul. Unfortunately it was out of my price range, and couldn’t justify the cost at the time. This lead me to demo all sorts of mid range guitars, paying very close attention to how they sound and felt (as to me this was most important – I could care less what it looked like).
After playing all sorts of guitars for months, I was always impressed by the playability vs cost of the PRS SE line, but didn’t find one that I liked the actual sound of…until I played the 245. It just had more of that “Les Paul” sound in a PRS. Though the Gibson studios I was comparing it to had more midrange or “more balls,” the pickups on the PRS do sound good in their own way, and would seem to fit well in the prog rock style I play. The Bridge pickup sounds very nice. Not too bright, yet still very aggressive and full sounding. The neck pickup is pretty dark, which makes it great for blending with the bridge if you want to give the bridge some more bottom (which is how I usually play it) or on their own for a really dark rock sound.
What struck me the most with the SE 245 was its playability! Its wide/fat neck is perfect for my hands. The neck is not overly thick, but has a nice chunk to it, and the wider finger board is great for my stubby fingers. I can get the action on this thing low no problem and its just a joy to play. In fact, this is what sold me on the guitar was its playability, as sound wise it good, but not great.
As for looks, it doesn’t hurt that this guitar looks great! I love the glossy flame maple top in scarlet red – just gorgeous too look at. Its flashy, but not over the top.
The only drawback I have found with this guitar is that its stoptail bridge does not have individual intonation adjustment for each string, though to me the guitar seems to play and keep its intonation just fine. If your in the market for a high quality “student” model guitar, its worth looking to the PRS SE 245 – EXCEPTIONAL VALUE!