but after decades of writing off PRS as a fancy guitar that just doesn't do it for me at all, i now own one of the cheapest guitars i've bought that may well be my favorite ever, a Santana SE. I could go on and on about this thing, but i don't wanna bore you all too much so i'll try and keep it short as i can. The main reason i ended up with it was by sheer chance. I picked it up at GC on a fluke while looking to buy a gibson LP and i had a gut feeling about it while none of the LP's did anything for me. Went home and i couldn't stop thinking about it and researched it and found it has a 24.5" scale which was a big plus because i never felt the PRS typical 25" was right for a set neck humbucker guitar. That intrigued me even more. Even tho the neck felt too fat for me, being a thin neck guy, I took a chance figuring GC has tha 30 day refund policy. Went back, made them do a price match with a online dealer and walked out the door with $511.
Less than a week later after setting it up to my exact preference I can honestly say that even tho it's honeymoon stage, I love this guitar like no other i can remember owning ! And i've owned one he|| of a lot of em since '72 including many higher end guitars. I can't describe how perfect i feel it is, but i truly cannot find one thing about it that doesn't fit me to perfection. The chunky neck i turned out to love, something thats never happened before. The radius is perfect, frets are perfect, weight, tone, looks, vibe, you name it, it leaves nothing at all to be desired. I don't even think i want to swap pickups like i do with all other guitars. I'd hate to change the tone ! Even the cheap tuners work better than most tuners i've used. But the really stunning part is the playability. Nothing i have ever owned plays so well. It's miles ahead of the best i've owned in that regard before this. It's stupid easy and it makes me play a lot better, no easy feat due to the fact i have a fret hand issue after injuring my hand 15 years ago. It's a god send in that regard.
I am so impressed i can't really describe how i feel. When i go to work in the morning i don't wanna leave it. Sick, eh? But i watched a video of Paul talking about starting the SE line and what he wanted them to be. Basically saying he wanted to create a line that no other brand could match at the price. For me at least, he succeeded in a big way. Paul, if by chance you read this i wanna say thank you ! Your santana SE design is to this old man a guitar so perfect all i can think is why oh why couldn't i have owned this guitar back when i started ! But for today and hence fourth it has made me extremely happy, thank you.