SE Clint Lowery Review
I'm mostly a home/studio player, and an occasional guest review for The Tone Report. I decided I needed a little more diversity in my guitar arsenal, owning a trio of decent Les Pauls, a Telecaster, a Strat and and a 335, but nothing geared towards a more heavier type of genre.
I've owned 3 other PRSi SE's in the past, and while they've been okay, I never kept them long. Just lacked something, usually the pickups or tuning issues. The SE Clint Lowery model is different. I've really liked this model. It is very comfortable to play, the adjustable stop tail bridge is great, and the tuning on this one has been fantastic. Heavier gauge strings on it - .11-60's, and I'm likely to keep it that way. Maybe because of this, the nut on this model is better cut. The pickups are decent. I might swap them for something else, but I'm pleased overall. I use the split coil feature quite a bit too.
Overall, I have enjoyed the feel of the CL model a lot. Scale length at 25.5" takes a little getting used to, but I can adjust. I will say now, I really want a higher end Core model, maybe a 408 or a Custom 22. Which I'm sure is PRS's goal - suck 'em in with a quality lower end model, and make them want to come back for the expensive stuff! Seems to be working.
If you're looking for a sleek, no nonsense heavy oriented riff machine, the SE CL model will get you there easily. A couple of upgrades (the tone pot seems a little cheap) in the electronics/pickups and you will have a killer axe without spending a fortune. Highly recommended.