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PRS SE Angelus Standard - STD Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • from Jupiter, Fl January 6, 2013Music Background:
    hobbyist

    Can't beat this value

    Even if you forget the price, this is a great guitar. Factor in it is less than $1000.00 this is a fantastic deal. If you have $2000.00+ to spend by all means, do it. If you don't, this guitar will not leave you wondering, what if.

  • from Florence, KY November 14, 2012Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    FANTASTIC!!!

    Charlie Davis had been telling me about this amazing guitar for a couple of months and I finally pulled the trigger! I wish I hadn't waited so long. The Taylors and Martins I compared were no match!
    Thanks again, Charlie!

  • from United States June 21, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    A great guitar

    It's a beautiful guitar. The fit and finish is immaculate.It has a very rich
    tone. This is my first acoustic guitar, so i'm no expert,but in my humble
    opinion,it is a very good buy for the money. I did have to have the action
    adjusted on one side,which I'm surprised the Sweetwater techs didn't
    catch on the 55 point inspection. A minor detail,because the guitar plays
    so great now. I give it a two thumbs up!

  • from Montpelier, OH June 26, 2012Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    Another SE bargain

    I can’t imagine how you could buy the SE Angelus guitar and feel like you didn’t get your money’s worth. This axe would not be ashamed visually, tactilely or sonically, playing alongside Martins, Taylors and Gibsons that run easily two or three times as much money. I realize that online Customer Reviews all have to be taken with a grain of salt, but I am confident that ninety-nine out of a hundred of you (or better) will agree with my opinion that follows.

    The SE Angelus has a surprising number of nice touches of subtle beauty, visually balanced appointments and choices of woods, styles and colors as the gallery photos will show you, so I’ll only describe the less obvious features here. The neck is made in three pieces with the joining at the heel and just below the head, allowing for good strength while minimizing any waste of wood. The finish is a flawless polycoat that, while not “nitro”-thin, is much thinner than you’d expect and evenly applied so it doesn’t seem it would cause any significant sound issues. The case that comes with it is easily solid and plush enough, and uses four sturdy latches. The SE Angelus even comes with the excellent D’Addario EXP strings installed. In all cases, where cost has been minimized, it clearly has been done in the most unobtrusive way possible, and the overall affect is pretty, but functional and not showy.

    With the narrower waist than a Dreadnought, the Grand Concert body sits comfortably on your thigh and seems thinner than it is. The frets are a nice height and width for strumming and lead playing, and the neck width and thickness/shape is comfortable too. The action is pretty nice, and I checked the intonation at the 12th fret using a tuner to find it was spot-on perfect on all six strings. At no place did I detect a buzz all the way up the fretboard on all strings.

    At first strum, you realize how lively the sound is; the solid top and back woods certainly have much to do with this, and it doesn’t seem that the poly finish hurts it any. The Mahogany body makes it “delicate-sounding,” and the bass notes are not as deep as a Rosewood Dreadnought would be, but the tone is pure and smooth and the strings ring and sustain with a beautiful tone that is detailed and yet warm. (And I think it’ll “age” into an even more pleasing sonic palette.)

    Like all of the PRS SE guitars, this one offers value far beyond what the price would tell you to expect. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the PRS SE series, including this very nice acoustic!

  • from NW Arkansas April 25, 2014Music Background:
    Started playing in 1964 - hobbyist.

    A good guitar for the money

    I bought this guitar for travel. The sound is loud and very good. I'm not a great player, but I've worked at it for 45 years, so keep this in mind in my review. The strings were light, and the projection of the sound was really loud. String spacing was similar to the parent Angelus (I own one also) and the string height was similar. The build was ok, but the reason I rated this down. The binding at the heel didn't match up correctly, and also was too short. Otherwise there was nothing to impact the sound or playability. By the way, there were some glue spots on the inside. Overall, for the money, the PRS is a good instrument and would make a great first guitar for anyone learning the guitar.

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