PRS SE T50E electro-acoustic

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Ben Morgan-Brown tries the latest in PRS’s ‘more affordable’ acoustic range

PRS may be best known for its much admired solid bodied electric guitars but it has also been making luxurious acoustic instruments for a good few years. The problem has been with that word ‘luxurious’. They’re hand crafted in the USA to very high standards and have been priced accordingly. In an attempt to branch out, and as it had done successfully with its electric models, the Maryland company has previously tried to launch ‘SE’ acoustic models, made outside the USA and designed to offer PRS features at lower prices, but these earlier SE acoustics didn’t really deliver what this fiercely competitive  market demanded. That is all set to change in 2018, PRS promised when it launched the latest SE range, throwing down the gauntlet to the other big brand guitar makers with top quality guitars at prices more players can afford..

The news SE’s come in two body shapes: Angelus Cutaway and Tonare Grand, meaning “Angel” and “Thunder” respectively. They come with either traditional “X” bracing or hybrid “X”/Classical bracing. PRS says traditional “X” bracing allows the top to vibrate while providing a stability that gives these instruments punch. PRS Hybrid bracing features the traditional “X” at the soundhole with classical fan bracing across the belly. The maker says this produces better tone. The newcomers offer solid tops and impressive detail features like ebony fretboards and bridges, bone saddles, impressive inlays and abalone purfling, In an attempt to keep the price down, they also have backs and sides made of laminates – albeit very high quality ones.

So how does the SE T50E stack-up against the fierce competition from established acoustic brands? For his first outing with Acoustic Review, Ben Morgan-Brown tries the handsome SE T50E.

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Specifications

PRS SE T50E

UK Price RRP £749

Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce

Middle Wood: Figured Maple

Back Wood: Figured Maple

Body Shape: Tonare Grand

Body Depth at Neck Block: 3 19/32”

Body Depth at Tail Block: 4 3/8”

Bracing: PRS Hybrid “X”/Classical Bracing

Body Purfling: Abalone

Body Binding: White/Black

Rosette: Abalone, White/Black

NECK

Number of Frets: 20

Scale Length: 25.3”

Neck Wood: Mahogany

Neck Shape: Wide Fat

String Spacing: 2 7/32”

Fretboard Wood: Ebony

Fretboard Inlay: Birds

Fretboard Radius: 11.81″

Strength/Truss Rod: Adjustable

Nut: Bone

HARDWARE

Bridge Wood: Ebony

Tuners: PRS-Designed

Acoustic Saddle: Bone

Strings: 12-53

Included Accessories:  PRS Hardshell Case

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