What is the Cheapest PRS Guitar?
The SE series guitars from PRS are the cheapest.
Paul Reed Smith core models are very expensive, which is why PRS designed the SE series. These guitars are a lot more affordable and have become some of the most popular on the market. The PRS SE Custom 24, in particular, is one of the cheapest PRS guitars, but still an excellent option for even pro-level guitar players. Though the SE Standard 24 typically has the lowest price overall.
The PRS SE guitars are manufactured overseas in South Korea, while the core/mainline PRS guitars - the super expensive ones - are built at PRS HQ in Maryland. However, PRS has done an exceptionally good job with their SE models, providing a ton of what we love about PRS in a much cheaper package.
Cost-cutting measures include primarily the following:
- Wood grade
- Body carving detail on top piece
- Pickup brand/model
But even with these tweaks, PRS SE guitars still have the PRS feel and tone persona. They're warm, percussive, and stylistically versatile.
The PRS SE Custom 24, in particular, is our top recommendation in this category.
Read the full review: PRS SE Custom 24
We'll list some more of the cheapest PRS guitars in the table below, from multiple retailers.
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Cheapest PRS Guitars from multiple series
These tables do not include used or b-stock models, though they do reflect a handful of the cheapest series of PRS guitars, primarily the SE Series. Note that these tables update in real time.
Prices updated Wed, June 07th, 2023.
Amazon Only Price Table
Amazon sets up their database differently, so we have to keep them separate and cannot include them in the alert and price history section below.
This information is intended to function as a price guide and resource and does not necessarily constitute a recommendation or review.
Used versions of the SE guitars, particularly the Standard and Custom models, are plentiful on secondhand markets like Reverb and eBay. If you're interested in going that route, you might be able to snag an even lower price, depending on when you look and what's available.
But even if you buy new, the SE Series is always going to be your cheapest option within the PRS brand.
If you go with the mainline PRS models, the lowest price you're likely to get is around $2000.
The S2 and CE series in particular will come down around the $2000 mark.
Note that the prices in this table change in real time (every page refresh) but that availability and final cost is always subject to change, depending on the retailer.
Price Alert and Price History Graph
The alert and history graph follow the lowest price among all the retails listed. This means the lowest priced PRS guitar, without regard to model or retailer. Again, note that Amazon is excluded.
Price History for Prs Se Standard 24 Electric Guitar Translucent Blue
|Current Price||$649.00||June 5, 2023|
|Highest Price||$649.00||February 20, 2023|
|Lowest Price||$649.00||February 20, 2023|
Last price changes
|$649.00||February 20, 2023|
What about the cheapest core/mainline PRS models?
The PRS McCarty, Standard, Custom 22, and Custom 24 are all very expensive, typically running $3000 and higher.
We touched on the CE and S2 series earlier, but here's a more detailed list:
- S2 Standard 24
- S2 Custom 24
- S2 Custom 24-08
- S2 Vela
- DW CE 24
- CE 24
- Silver Sky
- S2 McCarty 594
These PRS models are in a more manageable price range, but you're still very likely to be between $2000 and $3000.
How to choose and what to look for
Always keep an eye on price, since budget is one of the biggest concerns here. You should also decide whether you want to buy new or used.
Once that's all ironed out, keep track of these specs:
- Top piece material
- Top piece carving
- Humbucker/pickup type
- Pickup configuration (usually dual humbuckers)
- Fret count
- Bridge hardware type (standard, Floyd Rose, etc.)
You'll need to decide what you're looking for in a PRS guitar, and then make sure you're getting something that prioritizes those features. Once you have a budget and features in mind, you can start focusing on things like color and general aesthetics.
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