View Full Version : SE Bernie vs. 245

05-15-2012, 02:46 PM
Asked this question in another thread, but not much so far...anyone have both a Bernie and SE 245? How different are they, and is there enough different in sound to "justify" owning both.

I have a scarlet red SE245, enjoy the thick sound, but must admit that the Bernie is a real looker...I am having lust, but if it's 99% cosmetic, then it's probably not worth the cash to either trade in or outright buy another...


05-15-2012, 03:21 PM
I have a Bernie, but not a SE245. I don't know what the differences are in weight...weight/body dimension is probably the only REAL difference though, right? I mean except for the colntrol layout and tuners....So I would say yes...you can definitely jsutify both... :ugeek:

05-15-2012, 07:53 PM
...So I would say yes...you can definitely jsutify both... :ugeek:
Just not so to the wife. :oops:

05-17-2012, 12:49 PM
The neck feels different. The 245 is a nice guitar but i'd coose the Bernie over the 245 everytime just on the neck alone.

Other than that... It's a Bernie.... Everybody needs a Bernie, right?

05-18-2012, 12:39 AM
With all this Bernie talk, I might need one too. Great vid BTW thanks, think it's pushing me over the fence about getting one...

06-14-2012, 01:59 AM
i own both the bernie and a se245...the bernie is a great guitar..i changed the nut..installed a set of gibson burstbucker pros in it,woke the guitar up..also added 047 caps..the stock pickups g&b are subpar.... i also changed the pickups in the 245 to toneriders big improvement....the 245 has a great flametop in the new tortishell.any way there both great guitars...been a player for 40+years...

John Beef
06-14-2012, 01:19 PM
the stock pickups g&b are subpar...
I did a magnet swap instead of a pickup swap and was happy with the results at a fraction of the investment. Unoriented rough cast alnico 5. Two for $6 on ebay.

11-24-2015, 10:59 AM
Sorry to Necrobump this thread, but I can't seem to find the exact answer anywhere. Is there a difference in the body thickness between the Bernie and the 245? I know the difference of cosmetics, control layout, and neck carve but this eludes me.

11-24-2015, 11:09 AM
Yes The Bernie is LP thick. The 245 is PRS thick. I don't know if the difference is 1/8 inch or what, but they are thicker.