PRS SE Standard Santana

Here is the most affordable Carlos Santana signature guitar to date, the PRS SE Standard Santana.

PRS SE Standard  Santana

Based on the original PRS Santana signature, this is a stripped down version in terms of aesthetics, built using more efficient materials and cost effective methods.

This new guitar is one of the four newly released SE Standard models, which is a step below the price of the SE models. This allows the company to expand their reach further, and marks their entry into a more affordable market price range that is below the $500 mark.

The official description says, "The Carlos Santana played a significant role in the development of the SE Series when the line was introduced in 2001 with the Santana SE as its first model. Since then, the SE Series has grown to offer players of all levels affordable, quality electric guitars, acoustics, and basses. The introduction of the SE Standard models represents a significant extension of the SE Series into the < $500 price point. The goal of the SE Series has always been to provide a quality instrument to players – one that would not fight the player, but encourage him or her to start and to keep playing. PRS is proud to extend this promise to an even more attainable price point with the SE Standard lineup".

Since Santana helped move PRS into this direction, it is only fitting that the Santana model is part of the initial release, especially since it was the first to appear in the SE series.

Paul Reed Smith says, “The SE Series started with Carlos [Santana] and the desire to make PRS guitars available to a larger number of players. To be able to maintain the quality we demand and be able to get these sold through our dealers for less than $500 is remarkable.”

Designed to be affordable and yet still pass the brand's quality standards, this guitar gives beginners and budget-conscious players the chance to own a Santana Signature at just under $500. To get to this price point, the company had to strip down the guitar to essentials, featuring an all-mahogany body that is carved in the same double cutaway shape as the original but without the fancy tops and finishes. The set neck design is also retained and topped by a rosewood fingerboard that has the familiar PRS bird inlays.

Interestingly, this guitar has a shorter scale length of 24.5", making it easier to play and even more ideal for those who are learning to play the instrument. It has two PRS designed 245 humbuckers that the company chose to give you the sweet and buttery Santana lead tone and hard rock rhythm sound. Other features include PRS-Designed tremolo and tuners to help ensure tuning and intonation reliability.

Check out the official video demo:

Paul Reed Smith concludes, "The hope with instruments like these is to make it possible for young or aspiring players to be able to buy a guitar that works, that is reliable, and that will give them a solid place to start."

For more information on the PRS SE Standard Carlos Santana Signature, head over to PRS Guitars.

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