Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Acoustic Electric Guitars Review: Birds Everywhere

Paul Reed Smith SE Angelus A20E acoustic electric guitar
PRS SE Angelus A20E acoustic electric guitar

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Are you tired of those little, round pearloid dots running up and down your fretboard? If so, you should look at a Paul Reed Smith (PRS) acoustic electric guitar, because it has birds of various shapes, sizes, and species along its neck.

PRS guitars’ signature, other than the Paul Reed Smith name itself, are the decorative, in-flight birds that replace the standard dots marking the frets in the usual positions.

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What Are the Differences among the Angelus Models?

There really aren’t all that many differences, so I’ll just mention them briefly here. It’s mainly the materials used in construction that distinguish one model from the others.

PRS SE Angelus A10E
PRS SE Angelus A10E

The A10E is the only one that is totally made of mahogany. Why would you want an instrument made only from mahogany? Here is PRS’s answer to that question.

“The all-mahogany body construction of this guitar provides a controlled attack and strong fundamental, delivering a warm, woody tone with a focused, punchy midrange. This strong midrange character allows the A10E to easily find a non-competing place in a mix, making it ideal for both the studio and the stage.”

That main difference between the A10E and the other two models is that the others have a solid spruce top.

PRS SE Angelus A30E
PRS SE Angelus A30E

The only other difference between the A10E and the A20E that I can see is the color of the rosette, which is not a matter of concern to most people.

The A30E makes a few other changes, such as using rosewood for the sides and back and ebony for the fretboard.

The two tables below show you at a glance the similarities and differences among these three Angelus models.

Model SE Angelus A10E SE Angelus A20E SE Angelus A30E
Sample
Top Solid Mahogany Solid Spruce Solid Spruce
Sides Mahogany Mahogany Rosewood
Back Mahogany Mahogany Rosewood
Neck Mahogany Mahogany Mahogany
Depth at Neck (in.) 3 19/32 3 19/32 3 19/32
Depth at Tail (in.) 4 3/8 4 3/8 4 3/8
Bracing X / Classical hybrid X / Classical hybrid X / Classical hybrid
Rosette White Black Black
Frets 20 20 20
Model SE Angelus A10E SE Angelus A20E SE Angelus A30E
Scale Length (in.) 25.35 25.35 25.35
String Spacing (in.) 2 3/16 2 3/16 2 3/16
Fretboard Rosewood Rosewood Ebony
Inlay Birds Birds Birds
Nut Bone Bone Bone
Saddle Bone Bone Bone
Tuners PRS SE PRS SE PRS SE
Electronics Undersaddle volume & tone Undersaddle volume & tone Undersaddle volume & tone
Strings Light 12-53 Light 12-53  Light 12-53
Case Hardshell Hardshell  Hardshell

All three of these PRS acoustic electric guitars incorporate the hybrid bracing pattern inside that is the same used in their Private Stock acoustic guitars.

As noted above, you get a hardshell case with your purchase, assuming you are getting a brand new guitar with the same offer as provided by the maker.

Check out these videos for a demonstration of each model so you can get some idea of the sound each can produce.

SE Angelus A10E

SE Angelus A20E

SE Angelus A30E

If any of these PRS acoustic electric guitars seems to be what you’ve been looking for…

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