PRS surprises by going vintage with its new SE Parlor acoustic guitars


Well, we didn’t see this one coming! The living room acoustic guitar is an iconic shape that instantly evokes delta blues and 1930s folk players, but we never thought we’d see PRS emerge from it.

But here they are – and an affordable SE series, no less. And judging by these two videos, they are impressive.

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The PRS SE Tonare P20 and P20E are parlor-sized acoustics built with hybrid X/classic bracing, to allow freer vibration from the top of the guitar.

The models feature all-mahogany construction (solid top, laminate back and sides) with the P20E featuring Fishman’s GT1 pickup design that includes a rosette-mounted preamp.

“At a time when players can enjoy a unique new tool to write, record at home, and get lost playing for hours on end without ending up with a sore shoulder, we thought these guitars would make a great companion,” says Jack Higginbotham. , COO of PRS Guitars.

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“This thing is absolutely stage ready. The mic sounds beautiful and natural. It’s just a versatile instrument,” adds PRS artist Davy Knowles, who demonstrates the guitar in the video below.

“I mean it’s a great guitar to keep at the end of your couch and pick up on the couch, and it’s super comfortable in that regard, but I think as a touring and gigging instrument , it’s fantastic.

“And, as a recording instrument, it’s wonderful. I’ve used it on my recordings before, and I was super happy.”

SE Lounges are available in three satin finishes with rosettes and chevron accents.

Other features include ebony fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, and the trademark PRS bird inlays and headstock design. A gig bag is also included.

A PRS SE Parlor acoustic comes with a high quality gig bag and is strung with 12-53 strings.

The best news of all? The costs; the P20 lists for $499 and the P20E with preamp $579

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