Contrary to popular belief, electric guitars are an instrument that requires you to master two very different things. One is, of course, the playing technique, but the other is utilizing the hardware of that guitar and that of the amplifier in order to dial in a great tone.
Carlos Santana's influence as a PRS guitar player led to the development of Paul Reed Smith's SE electric guitar series, which launched in 2001. In honor of that legacy, PRS has created the all-new SE Santana. The SE Santana is the first guitar in the SE series offered with a 24-1/2" scale length and is also the first SE created using the same silhouette as Carlos's revered American-made PRS models.
If you’re drawn to the Santana line of guitars because of its specific design and look, the PRS SE Santana is a dead-ringer for its more expensive older brother. What most guitarists want to know, however, is whether or not the SE Santana holds up in regards to tone and playability.
The SE Santana has a wide profile neck that is smooth to run on and practically effortless to play. Barely does your finger touch the string and a strong, clear sound can be produced. The wide-fat mahogany neck promotes fleet fingering on the 22 frets adorned with "old school" birds while PRS-designed humbuckers offer clear, well-defined tones from clean, to crunch, to hot, full-crank mode. The PRS-designed tuners and PRS-designed tremolo keep you in tune no more how adventuresome your playing may become.
With the two humbucker pickups, three-way switch and volume/tone controls, it’s not hard to understand how the SE Santana functions. The guitar itself resonates well, but these pickups provide the tone you’re hoping to get when you buy something with the name “Santana” on it.
- PRS Designed Tuners
- Master Volume and Tone controls with 3-way toggle switch
- PRS-designed Santana humbuckers
- PRS Designed