Paul Reed Smith SE 245 Electric Guitar

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With a voice that is classic, eminently recordable and gig ready, the PRS SE 245 is perfect for traditional single-cutaway players.

The PRS SE 245 is perfect for traditional single-cutaway players. The distinctive feature of this guitar is its 24.5" scale length. Most traditional single-cutaway guitars have a 24.75” scale. Though seemingly a minor detail, the .25” difference in scale length makes a huge difference in the overall playability. Players will love the ease of string-bending and effortless vibrato on the SE-245 because of the lesser tension created by the 24.5” scale length. The neck is carved from mahogany into a luxurious “wide fat” profile with a rosewood fingerboard and the familiar PRS bird inlays as standard appointments.

The body of the SE-245 is carved from mahogany and is outfitted with a pair of PRS Humbuckers that will deliver sustain for days on end as well as absolutely timeless tone, whether you are playing clean blues runs or scorching rock solos. A flame maple veneer tops off this beauty; giving the SE-245 its classic, vintage appeal. You can shape your sound with volume and tone controls for each pickup, and a 3-way toggle pickup selector. Finally, a premium PRS Gig Bag is included.

Specifications:

  • Top Wood: Beveled Maple Top and Flame Maple Veneer (no veneer on opaque finishes)
  • Back Wood: Thick Mahogany
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Scale Length: 24-1/2"
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: Wide Fat
  • Fretboard Inlays: Birds
  • Bridge: PRS Designed Stoptail
  • Tuners: PRS Designed Tuners
  • Truss Rod Cover: "PRS"
  • Hardware Type: Nickel
  • Treble Pickup: PRS Designed SE 245 Treble Humbucker
  • Bass Pickup: PRS Designed SE 245 Bass Humbucker
  • Pickup Switching: Volume and Tone Control For Each Pickup and 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector On Upper Bout
  • Case: PRS Premium Gig Bag Included


Order your PRS SE-245 Electric Guitar from Sam Ash Direct today with the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy and be sure to take advantage of our fast, free shipping.


Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Gig Bag
Model SE245

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Paul Reed SmithSE 245 Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      3.0

      Good, but not a LP Studio

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      from Burlington, VT

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      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Efficient Tailpiece
      • Great String Bends
      • Lightweight
      • Plays nice

      Cons

      • Chrome Finish Wears Off
      • Goes Out Of Tune
      • Neck Needs Constant Adj

      Best Uses

      • Home use

      Comments about Paul Reed Smith SE 245 Electric Guitar:

      I purchased this from Sam Ash during their closeout at the end of 2012 for roughly $350, which was definitely a steal. What's more given all of the reviews touting how great this guitar was seemed to make it an even better deal. After owning for 7 months I'm glad I only paid $350, and here is why:
      1. It is NOT as good as a Gibson LP studio as people are saying. I own a LP studio (2005), and the Gibson has more tone, power, better tuners, better wood and is made in the US.
      2. The PRS SE245 goes out of tune too often. This is a real problem during a gig.
      3. The chrome finish on the tailpiece is wearing off where my hand rubs it. 7 months?
      4. The pickups are OK, but no where near as powerful and rich as the LP.
      5. The neck on mine seems to bow easily and needs adjusting.
      6. It's made in Korea, which does mean less quality. Sorry, it is true.

      With that said it is very nice to play. Playability is nicer than the LP Studio that I own. Smoother, but the neck is fatter. String bends are very easy as well. Lastly, it is nice and light, which makes holding a long time less straining. Although, a LP Studio is not heavy either.

      All in all it is a decent guitar for practicing, but I really don't think it is gig worthy unless you replace the tuners. Also, for $620 you might want to just save some more pennies and get a LP Studio new OR find a nice used one for that money. You wont regret buying the quality of a Gibson.

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      5.0

      Beautiful I love it.....as a PRS

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      from Bahamas

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy on fingers
      • Looks Awesome
      • Sweet For Blues

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • CHURCH
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Shows

        Comments about Paul Reed Smith SE 245 Electric Guitar:

        I love my Red PrsSE245. It's stands on it own with its unique sound and sassy looks. People always compliment me when I pull her out. It's a great guitar for a great price. Get it you won't be sorry. However keep in mind its not a Stratocaster. I am getting my strat come summer. I still aint tranding in my Prs because it still a great guitar. But some songs need to be played with a strat and some with a PRS. Just my point of view.

         
        5.0

        I want another

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        from new york

        Pros

        • Great price
        • Handles great
        • Looks great

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Paul Reed Smith SE 245 Electric Guitar:

            I have really expensive guitars from les paul to rickenbacker to gibson hummingbird and american strat. Got this on black friday special and I am amazed at the quality of this guitar. I love the tones and it stays in tune like my high end stuff.
            Even my wife wants me to get another.

             
            4.0

            Great Guitar Great Value

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            from Indiana

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Build Quality
            • Neck
            • Pickups
            • Playability
            • Scale Length
            • Sustain
            • Tone
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Tuners

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practice
            • Recording

            Comments about Paul Reed Smith SE 245 Electric Guitar:

            The guitar is fun to play. I've always played with scale length 25.5 (Fender Strat) but didn't like it so played 25 (Carvin) and liked it alot so I firgured I'd try the 24.5. It's different but I like it.
            Tuners are not as "accurate" as I would like so I may have to get locking ones. Setup was fine upon arrival but does have some fret buzz but will probably get another setup if I decide to replace the tuners and may replace the strings from 9 to 10s. It's been a while since I've played 9s and forgot just how thin they are.
            The guitar is heavier than the regular Singlecut SE. I was surprised by the weight but I'll get used to it.
            The pickups are great and versatile. This is a great guitar and great value!

             
            5.0

            One heck of a value

            By 

            from Grayslake, Il

            Pros

            • Finish
            • Fit
            • Playability
            • Quality
            • Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Styles But New Metal

              Comments about Paul Reed Smith SE 245 Electric Guitar:

              I liked my Gibson Studios. I found this, PRS SE 245 in my local Sam Ash. It's caused me to trade off the Faded Studio for a Taylor Acoustic. Still have the 60s Tribute. From the georgeous flamed maple top, to the belly cut, and ultra comfy neck, this guitar is a fantastic value at this price point. It's a fantastic value for 3-400 or so more.

              PRS Humbuckers have a very good, clear yet unique tone. A little Humbucker, a little Single Coil. More towards the Hummy side of that than say Fintertrons or TV Jones classics. But, they will give PAF, BLues, Jass, and classic rock tones with equal ease. Perfect fit for this Guitar.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great LP style at a great price

              By 

              from Hereford, AZ

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about Paul Reed Smith SE 245 Electric Guitar:

              From the ordering process (Thanks Chris ext#2230) to the packaging, to the guitar itself, this was a great experience. When I took this beautiful guitar out of the very nice PRS SE gig bag, my first thought was, "This is a hefty slab of wood." It is SOLID, a nice big handful of Tobacco Sunburst art! Not unwieldy, but you know you got a hold of something that was put together well, to last a long time. The fit and finish is amazing, I've had it a week now, and when I pick it up, I just look at it for a bit, it is just breathtaking. The fret board, with the PRS bird inlays, the frets themselves, the nut, everything fits perfectly, no burs, no sharp edges, no "oh, they missed a spot" anywhere on this thing. The body, man, I know this isn't a "Top of the line" guitar, but I can't tell that by looking at this thing, the flame maple cap is so freaking nice, the line between the cap and the rest of the body is a great touch, then the body color kicks in, and it is just a great, great looking instrument. The bridge, pickups, and tuners are all solid, and perfectly straight, no rattle on anything, the volume and tune knobs all did what they were supposed to very smoothly. The toggle switch that selects the active pickups is nicely positioned, but mine has a bit of movement in it, not much, and it doesn't rattle or anything, but it does wiggle a bit. When you plug this thing in, it just comes alive. The sustain is just crazy. I am a beginner, so I can't make it cry or sing, but what little I can do sounds great. No buzz, no squeak. If you can't tell already, I am very pleased with the money I spent on this

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              1/2 THE PRICE & BETTER THAN AN LP STUDIO

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              from Memphis, TN

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              Pros

              • Build Quality
              • Pick-ups
              • Playability
              • value

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Gigging
              • Studio
              • You name it

              Comments about Paul Reed Smith SE 245 Electric Guitar:

              This guitar is better than an LP Studio and it cost half the price. The short scale makes string bends and vibrato effortless.
              The pickup are hot. The neck pickup is warm and full when played clean and the bridge pickup has a great tone. Distorted is where these pick ups come into their own. You get plenty of bite without going muddy.
              This is a great guitar for rock and traditional metal. Nu-metallers need to look elsewhere. Sure the short scale will create problems with tuning down. Aside from that PRS has created a great instrument and given customers tremendous bang for the buck.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              PRS 245

              By 

              from STL, MO

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about Paul Reed Smith SE 245 Electric Guitar:

              I've played both MIM & MIA Strats and a couple Gibson & Epi LP's and PRS blows them away right out of the box. From finish to frets and electronics. This guitar is fan-flippin-tabulous!!! With other guitars I would have to get the frets filed, bone retooled, have the whole thing set-up by a Luthier before it would even remotely play and sound as good as this pup right out of the box. Extremely satisfied with this purchase. A+++++ to Jim at extension 2224 for all his help and working a better deal than listed on website. The only regret/dislike is the weight is a bit more than anticipated but other than that, this baby plays like spreading melted butter on fresh toast!

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              SE 245 Electric Guitar

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