The pickup sounds beautiful and natural. Thinking about investing in an electro-acoustic guitar? It’s designed to provide a lot of sustain and depth for a guitar of this size. The parlor acoustic guitar is an iconic shape that is instantly evocative of the delta blues and folk players of the 1930s, but we never thought we'd see PRS putting any out. All rights reserved. Alex Windsor - May 19, 2020. Other features include ebony fretboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, as well as PRS trademark bird inlays and headstock design. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? Clandestinely perched in the upper edge of the sound hole, the volume and tone controls are easily reached for quick adjustments, and kudos to the voicing of the tone circuit, which enabled me to easily balance the treble and bass to get a sound that retained much of the guitar’s natural acoustic flavor and vibe. Thank you for signing up to Musicradar. But here they are – and an affordable SE series, no less. It sounds cool with a slide, and what a great guitar for a singer-songwriter! Thank you for signing up to GuitarPlayer. A compact acoustic that'd charm the birds out of the trees, the PRS Tonare Parlor SE P20E offers some exceptional tones and is a lot of fun for acoustic blues. The P20E works well acoustically because it’s so resonant and presence-y, and the Fishman GT1 system (powered by a nine-volt battery in a compartment next to the output jack) did an admirable job of amplifying the guitar through a Fishman SA-200 amplifier and even a Fender Deluxe Reverb. The P20 and P20E are compact-bodied models promising a bold sound – from $499. Finishing is excellent, the frets are well attended (though not highly polished), the interior is tidy, and the inlays and bindings are cleanly installed. The solid top employs what PRS calls its hybrid classical/X-bracing that combines a fan brace in the belly and a traditional X brace in the center. You will receive a verification email shortly. tweet; Established in 1985, Paul Reed Smith Guitars has been widely recognized as one of the world’s premier guitar and amplifier manufacturers. 0. It’s like having a complementary voice. There was a problem. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, The parlor acoustic guitar is an iconic shape that is instantly evocative of the delta blues and folk players of the 1930s, but we never thought we'd see PRS putting any out. The best news of all? Tweet on Twitter. And judging by these two videos, they are sounding impressive. 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Blues licks fall right off the fingers when picking thumping rhythms and slippery leads, and the guitar is dynamically responsive with that buoyant complexity in the midrange that’s so inviting for fingerstyle playing. NY 10036. I’m sold on the Tonare Parlor SE P20E. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? Well we didn't see this one coming! Who is the best acoustic guitarist of 2020? The PRS SE Tonare P20 & P20E are parlor-sized acoustics built with hybrid X / Classical bracing, to allow freer vibration of the guitar's top. A gig bag is also included. Receive news and offers from our other brands? Visit https://bit.ly/2UKkVdh to check out the complete review or get a copy of the January/February 2021 problem of Acoustic Guitar here: https://bit.ly/3nG5Gyi. © Share on Facebook. This is a great-sounding guitar with a price/performance ratio that is off the hook. Visit our corporate site. “At a time when players might enjoy a new and unique tool for writing, home-recording, and getting lost in playing for hours without ending up with a sore strumming shoulder, we thought these guitars would make a good companion,” says Jack Higginbotham, PRS Guitars COO. By Art Thompson 12 August 2020. New York, Get the latest news, reviews and product advice straight to your inbox. Bath AG contributor James “Roto” Rotondi demos the PRS Guitars Tonare Parlor SE P20E, a punchy small-bodied instrument that evokes a bygone age at a budget plan price. © 2193. “This thing is absolutely ready to take on stage. PRS Tonare Parlor SE P20E Review A small but perfectly formed acoustic with a very respectable Fishman GT1 preamp to ready it for the stage. There was a problem. Here’s our round-up of the best models available. Visit our corporate site. It’s like having a complementary voice. “I mean it’s a great guitar for keeping at the end of your couch and picking up on the sofa, and it’s super comfortable in that respect, but I think as an actual touring, gigging instrument – fantastic. If you’ve ever considered bringing a parlor guitar into your life, the P20E is absolutely worth auditioning, and it earns an Editors’ Pick Award. Overall, the construction gets high marks. I’ve already used it on recordings of mine, and I was super pleased.”. Generally defined by having a small body with a narrow waist, coupled to a full-size neck (or close to it), parlor guitars can be a delight to play, yielding a compact, midrange-focused tone that projects well and sounds sweet and articulate. PRS recently introduced its entrant to the parlor game with the Tonare Parlor SE P20 and P20E models, which are identical except for the Fishman GT1 electronics installed on the E version. Indeed, the PE20E is lightweight and petite at just at 14 inches wide at the lower bout and 19 inches long, yet its acoustic response punches well above its size. But here they are – and an affordable SE series, no less. The SE Parlors are available in three satin finishes with herringbone rosettes and accents. Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, Please refresh the page and try again. Shares ... but parlor guitars have remained in vogue for good reasons. The tone is bold and sweet, with a mids-forward voice, as you might expect, but it’s also very open and dimensional, and so enjoyable to play. It sounds cool with a slide, and what a great guitar for a singer-songwriter! The Fishman GT1 system did an admirable job of amplifying the guitar through a Fishman SA-200 amplifier and even a Fender Deluxe Reverb. By. And whether you’ve seen some of the guitars in our list that you like the look of or still need to do your own research, it’s worth you knowing a thing or two about the main differences between PRS guitar types, and what you can expect from some of the more popular ranges (either new to 2020 or those which have been there since the start).