Paul Reed Smith Tremonti SE

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Paul Reed Smith

Description This is a beutiful guitar I got the black finish which you can see your self in and for the price you'd think that whould be it... but it's not this guitar can play! it's got great tone because it sports two tremonti humbuckers.
Posted By Truman Barney (8)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 4/20/2004, D.J. Bennett (1339) posted:
Overall Rating:
This guitar is an amazing value right out of the box. the sound is solid as is, the tuners are fairly stable, and its built like a tank. Cosmetically, it scores with nice binding (you really have to look to find any sort of flaw, i found a mere speck of something near the headstock, and that was all). The controls (tone, volume)respond well, and the guitar offers a pallette of sounds. This guitar's true greatness is measured in its potential, however. The guitar is built solidly, as i said, and offers stellar potential with a pickup change and perhaps locking tuners. It is a perfect piece to work on modifying and tailoring to your style, it is an excellent start for a building block to a great guitar.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Samash.com
Features:
Made in Korea, solid mahogany body, 21 frets, 2 tone and 2 volume, HH passive setup, not sure what kind of magnet inside. Gloss black finish, PRS licensed wraparound, non locking "PRS designed" tuners
Playability:
Action is perfect for me...i dont like an extremely low action, it floats just right to where i have to work to play it but it isnt a chore. the neck is quite thick (think 50's Les Paul). As far as sheer playability, with the right setup it plays as well as any.
Sound Quality:
I use an old Marshall G30RCD for practice and a crate glx212 to play gigs. I play classic rock, funk, blues, and attempt jazz, and to a degree, the guitar performs great for any of these. The key to getting good sounds for good genres is to manipulate those controls, if you throw everything on 10 and look for a mellow jazz tone you simply wont find it. The bridge pickup is very bright, i changed the height of mine to better balance with the neck pickup, and i have a pretty decently hot bridge pickup now out of the stock one. The neck is clear and full, i love the "fatness" it brings. Right now the only modifications i have made are different pickup rings and knobs, which dont really do a thing for sound quality, but hopefully soon i'll drop some Duncans in for the pickups and have a pretty rockin axe. Straight from the box its sound isnt bad, it can handle all that i try to play, but it isnt excellent in any specific genre. The pickups are fairly quiet, they do their job well as far as humbucking goes.
Durability:
This guitar can easily stand up to live playing, it is build very solidly. The intonation and straightness of the neck were fine straight from the box, and the strap buttons are huge enough to not really need straplocks. Climate changes definitely take their toll on this guitar, however, as i have noticed since leaving for college, but only in tuning.
On 2/21/2003, Truman Barney (8) posted:
Overall Rating:
I was looking at a Classic Les Paul for $1999 but I sat down with the Tremonti and was amazed when it sounded better than the Les Paul! and it was $1500 cheaper.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $595.00 (new)
Where Obtained: pro gear magazine
Features:
It comes with 22 frets and two tremonti humbuckers that spill out with warm tone. The body and the neck are both mahogany. It has a beutiful black finish that you can see yourself in, and it has PRS special tuners.
Playability:
This guitar is the easiest playing guitar iv'e ever played. Im sure it can only be surpassed by the more expensive PRS guitars on the market today. I also have a Fender Strat and a Gibson, but this guitar blows it away.
Sound Quality:
For this price your going to be amazed. The Tremonti plays as good if not better than the $2500 Les-Paul's that I have played. This guitar is a must buy.
Durability:
Iv'e only had it for a couple of months and the only thing I hate about it is that my finger prints are always geting on it then I got to clean it. :)