This is my grad gift/birthday gift from my mom. It’s a PRS SE Orianthi. Actually, she didn’t buy it abroad. When I first told her I want a PRS SE guitar, she told me that if she ever buys it and ships it to me, it might not be in good condition as it once was, so she recommended that I buy here in the Philippines. Luckily, there was one shop that is authorized to sell PRS guitars, and it was JB Music, the closest one was at Megamall. They were having a summer sale, and there were different PRS models such as the Custom 24 itself (I didn’t buy it because it’s way out of my budget and plus, I’m not that much of a pro to be swinging that ax), the SE Custom 24 25th anniversary and the SE Orianthi. At first, I wanted the SE Custom 24 2012 since it’s the latest installment of the SE Custom 24, but the people there said that I would have it ordered, if that’s the case. That’s when I thought that I’d check out the other PRS models they had there because I thought that if I had it ordered, it meant that I have to buy it without testing it.
But I tested the SE Orianthi, and it was really great. The fretboard’s made out of ebony, so the wood is smoother compared to rosewood, although the rosewood used for PRS guitars is good as well. It’s just that I find it easier to do bends and slide my fingers across the fretboard with ebony. It’s red sparkle, the 2010 edition I guess, but it was on sale so that’s a plus for me as well.
I didn’t buy it on the spot yet. I researched, comparing which is better between the SE Orianthi and the SE Custom 24 2012, and it turns out that they’re pretty much the same, except that the SE Custom 24 uses rosewood for the fretboard, mahogany for the back wood while the SE Orianthi uses ebony and Korina for the respective parts, Korina producing a similar sound to Mahogany yet not entirely. The front woods and neck woods of both guitars are Maple. Both have wide thin necks and have 24 frets, 25″.
So yes, it’s pretty much a girl’s guitar. But it’s very versatile. I was able to make it sound like Joan Jett’s guitar (which is a Gibson Melody Maker), well not entirely though. It just sounds so fucking awesome the more I adjust it in order to make it sound more “rock”. I also did some more research, and some people were able to get a Les Paul sound out of it, so I’m still figuring out how to do that. Well, I couldn’t get a Strat sound out of it, but I was able to get one that’s close. In my opinion, it’s like an LP and a Strat in the middle (the PRS), which makes it quite the versatile guitar. I even adjusted it to sound jazzy and bluesy so… yeah, I’m spazzing. Overall, the guitar’s versatile.
At first, I really wanted a Les Paul because it sounds so rock n roll (you know what I mean?). Strat is bluesy, yes, but I only love the way it sounds on guitar solos and that I prefer the Les Paul more. But when I listened to the PRS, I really liked the sound. My dad was all “Just get an LP” but when I made him listen to a demo of a PRS, he liked it. Plus, it’s not that expensive compared to an LP so we both decided that I should get a PRS instead. Even when I was trying out the PRS SE Orianthi at the music store, he really liked it.
So I got the guitar last March 22, 2013 and since then, I’ve been playing different rock songs. Btw, I have a funny story. I broke the 2nd string three days after I purchased my guitar. XD It’s a good thing I bought a pack of strings during my last visit there so my dad was able to fix it, hehe.
Anyway, it’s an awesome guitar. At first, I didn’t like the “sparkle” finish, but I’m getting used to it now, and looking at it, it actually looks nice. The only problem, for me, is the tuning pegs, since I have to tune it every time I pull my guitar out just to check whether it’s in tune or not. Well, it doesn’t really go down a whole note, but it’s loose. I’m thinking of buying locks for the tuning pegs so I guess that’ll solve the problem.