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PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar

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The Paul Allender SE features a racy double-cutaway body with the outstanding wood combo of mahogany back and maple top with a flamed maple veneer. The 24-fret-wide thin maple neck is smooth and respo... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Paul Allender SE features a racy double-cutaway body with the outstanding wood combo of mahogany back and maple top with a flamed maple veneer. The 24-fret-wide thin maple neck is smooth and responsive to the most challenging riffs. Includes a PRS-designed tremolo that lets you dive-bomb like crazy and stay in tune. EMG-89/81TW humbuckers provide the crunch and molten tones you crave. Paul Allender bat inlays provide a distinctive touch.

Paul's PRS guitars can be heard on Cradle of Filth's new album, Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder.

Paul Allender, lead guitarist of the band Cradle of Filth, is known for his unique style. Paul didn't take any lessons when he was starting out on the guitar. This allowed him to develop his own style very quickly. With his strict right-hand rhythm technique and his chromatic writing style, Paul Allender's sound is easily identifiable.

Paul started playing PRS when he left Cradle of Filth and started the band, the Blood Divine. He purchased a second-hand CE-24 and used it exclusively throughout the band's days and brought it with him when he rejoined Cradle of Filth at the turn of the century. He then sent a design of his own to PRS. It featured a purple and black sunburst on a curly maple top and replaced the traditional bird inlays with bats for a darker but still classic PRS look. PRS built the guitar for Allender as a private stock model, but it eventually made it to production as an SE model.

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  • Maple with flamed maple veneer top
  • Mahogany back
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • 25" scale
  • Wide thin neck shape
  • Paul Allender bat inlays
  • PRS-designed tremolo bridge
  • PRS-designed tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • EMG-89 bass pickup
  • EMG-81TW treble pickup
  • Volume and tone control with 3-way toggle pickup selector
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PRSSE Paul Allender Electric Guitar

(based on 13 reviews)

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(33 of 35 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome updated guitar!

By Never too old

from Sunny Las Vegas

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

This guitar is amazingly easy to play! It doesn't matter what level player you are, you will play better on this guitar. It is by far the most forgiving guitar I have ever played. It has a fast, thin neck similar to an Ibanez Wizard neck coupled with the unbeatable fit, finish and tone of a PRS! I also own an Epi Les Paul but I wanted to expand my horizons. Before settling on this beauty I tried out Schecter, Ibanez, Jackson and Dean. Nothing offered the total package that this PRS did. (tone, looks, playability, quality, value) This guitar plays crazy fast, has great access to the upper frets and has excellent sustain for a guitar with a non-locking tremolo. It's quite versatile even though it clearly loves the heavy stuff. With its new coil tap and push/pull volume and push/pull tone knobs, it cranks out a wide variety of cool tones including killer metal sounds while still being able to play all rock and some blues styles. I bought the Emerald Green Burst and it is simply stunning in person! Like many guitars, the photos just don't do this bad boy justice! The bottom line is this. You will have to spend at least twice as much to get a better guitar based on playability, tone and quality.

(24 of 30 customers found this review helpful)


Evil guitar

By Peaches

from San Jose, California

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

I went to guitar center the day after Christmas to get a new guitar.. It was this or an epi Les Paul standard. This guitar was lighter faster and far superior.. This guitar is amazing and sounds great . The neck is thin and smooth and the looks are awesome this guitar has no cons and is awesome!!!!! Plus the bat inlays are pretty evil

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding Bargan

By Cody Conrad

from tucson

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

I too was first attracted to the look of this guitar, but also the EMG pickups. It looked compact and fully energized. The weight is amazing. It's light and comfortable the output and tone are spot on. I tested the guitar against many American strats and Les Pauls, as well as a few uper end Ibanez. The guitar with it's EMG picups and great sonic body sounded better and played better. the strings are buttery to the touch, but snap fast for great attack. I am across the board in musical influences from David Gilmore to Van Halen, and this guitar does a great job of emulating many tones. My only complaint is that the trem does go out of tune especially the G and B string. I know it's not a Floyd rose. I might get some locking tunners and a graph-tech nut.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


Killer Fretboard

By David

from Richmond

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar after playing a Gibson SG, Shecter, and Jackson. The feel of this guitar is perfectly weighted on your shoulder, light and fast, the fretboard is slick and super easy to shred on. All tones sound amazing, both clean and heavy..I had never played a PRS before this guitar and it blows my $1500 Strat away. I recommend this guitar, it has a great finish and great inlays.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Bass Player�ۡ���s Guitar

By Edel Alon

from Albany, CA

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

The SE Paul Allender is a beautiful, versatile, and easy to navigate guitar. One of the first things you�ۡ���ll notice when playing the guitar is the long sustain and the wide/thin neck. I�ۡ���ve been playing bass guitar for the past few years to a point where normal guitar fretboards and necks feel very compact and constricted. The wide/thin neck is one of the reasons I have the Paul Allender guitar. This is the first PRS guitar that I�ۡ���ve seen without PRS pickups. Well, after doing more research, it looks like they are loading more of the SE series with EMG pickups. The soap bars also threw me off too. This was a change from the original with treble/bass humbuckers. I was floored when I tried it out. I think I started drooling or crying or both! The tone is clean. I tried a couple of settings by playing with tone and switching pickups and I heard nothing but amazing results. It has several voices and acts differently depending on how you hit the strings. This guitar is definitely better than its purple predecessors. One of the other things you�ۡ���ll first notice about this guitar are the jumbo frets. The jumbo frets give this guitar a lot of attitude. If you�ۡ���ve never used jumbo frets before, be prepared to hear different voices depending on how hard you press the strings against the board. You have to be careful with pitch with these frets. This also makes a great guitar for newbies (you don�ۡ���t have to press down hard to get the note). Did I mention the 24 frets? The bat inlays are really cool however I liked the bat inlays on the purple version than this one. I have the scarlet red burst and in true PRS quality, this guitar shines through with the flamed Maple veneer top. Oh, it gets better. Just when I thought I geeked out the look, feel, and sound, I discovered the push/pull volume and tone knobs. What do they do? So far, magic. The push/pull volume seems to act like a volume boost. The push/pull tone knob controls the pickups and these are soap bars! Push/pull knobs rock! For years I�ۡ���ve had to deal with Strats and I really thought my next electric guitar would be a Music Man or Gibson. I never really thought of PRS. Make sure you try this guitar out before ruling out PRS. Things to test out before purchasing: Feel the neck and string spacing. Play with the jumbo frets. Test out the tremolo. Play with the push/pull knobs.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


shweet guitar

By firehawk

from san jose, california

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

i got this guitar with the purpleburst with the PRS humbuckers and it is sick. The neck is amazing and fast. The pickups are very versatile.The looks are awesome with the flame top and bat inlays.but you cant use the tremolo bar oftten or else it will knock the guitar out of tune pretty easily. This guitar can be used for any genre too.This guitar is awesome and compares to strats and les pauls.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Paul allender

By Nick

from Miami, Florida

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

This guitar is amazing. The neck is very fast, glued on. I have the Paul Allender Purple burst with humbuckers and it is my person favorite out of all my guitars. I can play a variety of blues to metal, i love it. I have found no flaws in it. Im in 2 bands and in one band i can play funk with this guitar. In the other, I play metal and I use this guitar

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar

By kurt

from Detroit, MI

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

The guitar's looks alone lured me into an impulse buy. The beautiful maple veneer and bat inlays just sets the guitar apart from any others. No guitar at this price can even come close to its beauty. Luckily, its sound compliments its looks. Though it is a "metal" guitar, it handles blues and rock like a champ. Playing through a 30 watt Crate, the guitar sings sweetly with rythm but roars in overdrive on solos. It easily holds its own against high end Gibsons and Fenders, though the right tone may take some time to find. It's equipped with the most comfortable neck I have ever played. It's wide, thin dynamics just beg to be shredded! My only gripe is the whammy bar without locking tuners. It can stand mild tremolo abuse, but if you leave it off for a while and put back on, it won't stand a chance. I bought it as a beginner and still haven't gotten bored with it now that I am better. Totally worth it!

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


awesome guitar!!!!

By robbie

from akron ohio

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

I have had many guitars and this one is by far the best one i have ever had.I have had ESP guitars,fender guitars,music man guitars,ibanez guitars and dean guitars and the PRS is the best out of all of them.I play METAL so i need a fast neck and the PRS has it.I need EMG pick-ups the PRS has them.I like having a trem the PRS has it too and it stays in tune how ever far i take it.I love this guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Not their target customer

By HubbDC

from Wichita, KS

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

My wife surprised me with this guitar for Christmas. It has been so much fun. The pictures can not do this guitar justice. I get so many comments from people about how great it looks. I have the emerald green. You have so many tone options. The dual EMG's are hot and fun. I can get any tone that I have needed. You have 5 pickup selections, bridge, neck and blend of them both. When that isn't enough and you are wanting that single coil sound just simply use the push pull pots of either the tone or volume control to achieve a single coil from EMG. Just crazy. I use this for at home mostly but play praise and worship music with it on Sunday's. At home it is mostly punk and metal for worship it is mostly rhythm, this how versatile this guitar is. It is much lighter than its predecessor and the EMG's add so much life to this one. Thanks PRS for making such a beautiful and flexible instrument.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



By Lean6

from Oklahoma City, OK

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

What do you get when you cross a Strat with a Les Paul and and a 24-fret Ibanez RG? I've been a Strat player from the start. I've tried and owned just about every other type of guitar over the years...I like to think of them as having been rentals. But I always went back to the comfort and versatility of the Strat. The problem with the Strat as with all guitars is that you generally get what you pay for...needless to say I always had an itch still needing to be scratched. This Paul Allender PRS has seriously scratched my itch. No limitations on any style of music, get the tone and hit all of the notes instead of the usual compromises and trade-offs that I seemed to always run into. Ebony fretboard, EMGs, double cut-away, 24-frets, crisp or fat cleans, great sustain, bat inlays, great price. This may be my first "keeper".


Great Guitar

By Austin F.

from Hammond,IN

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

I got this PRS a couple months ago and ever since i play it everyday! I cant seem to keep my hands off it. The EMG's are the best pickups I ever used because I used and tried so many different brands. PRS and EMG are the best when put together. PRS is now my top and most reliable guitar company I can count on. Im now saving up to have a Private Stock made because i saw how much care and detail is put into these guitars. If you look at alot of pros today they have a PRS hands down. Why? Well like Paul Reed Smith said himself that you have to pick one up to know how great. These guitars have the best of both worlds. Aesthetics and Performance.


Amazing Guitar

By Spencer Lee

from Washington

Comments about PRS SE Paul Allender Electric Guitar:

First of all this guitar is visually stunning! I just picked it up a few days ago and my fingers slide up and down the neck like butter. Not to mention it's got 24 frets. The fretboard is wider which I love coming from an acoustic background. The Emg-90 and 81TW pickups are awesome, the ability to switch between a single coil and humbucker with the lift of either the volume knob or tone knob is an awesome feature. It just gives you that much more tones to work with. Speaking of tone, this things tone is amazing! The sustain is also great. The only complaint I have with it is Paul's name on the headstock. But hey, that's nothing major at all. For some reason my local GC had this baby priced at $650, and so when I came on here to write a review and saw it going for $858 you can imagine my shock and pleasure. Buy this guitar! It is an incredible value and you will not be disappointed.

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