If you’re looking for a “used guitar bargain” you can’t go wrong with the Paul Reed Smith or “PRS Santana”.

Every guitar you own can’t cost more than $1,000. We all have to start somewhere, and you can’t beat an affordable backup axe. About a year ago I needed another backup guitar and saw an ad on Craig’s List or a PRS Santana Limited model. I wasn’t that interested in it at the time, but the guy that had it for sale was only a few blocks from my work and he had some pedals I wanted to check out.

When I went over to his house he had his Line 6 pod hooked up to a small crate amp and the PRS Santana plugged in. It was a double humbucker in both the bridge and neck positions with cool “slash” like inlays. The strings wrapped around the tailpiece (a trick used for years by many people on regular tune-o-matic bridges). I’m glad that I got to test it on his POD because I tried various amp models from Fender to Marshall and back. I used “The Rover” preset (Zeppelin) and the one like AC-DC, and another like SRV. If you’re going to buy a guitar you probably already have a good idea of what you want it to sound like, but I strongly suggest you try it dirty and clean through a tube and solid state amp (or amp model). You’ll know right away if it’s got the “crunch” or clean tone you’re looking for.

I bought that PRS Santana electric guitar for the paltry sum of $150, which was a used bargain. It came with a gig bag. I wouldn’t say that it’s the greatest guitar I own, but I wouldn’t say it’s the worst either. It’s a good mid-range guitar that you can get for a very reasonable price used. Check out some of these eBay auctions live right now, you might find a great deal under $200-300, or a higher end version with more features for a bit more.

2000’s PRS Santana SE, Early Edition, MIK, Dual Humbuckers, Gig Bag, Mahogany

USD / 329.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-11-05 03:15:54

PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar Yellow Flame, Gig Bag, Santana Pickups 24.5 Scale

USD 799.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-11-05 03:01:01

Autographed - Carlos Santana (PRS) Limited Edition Signature ABRAXAS SE

USD 4000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-11-01 23:07:44

PRS SE Carlos Santana Electric Guitar Santana Yellow 190839374059 Open Box

USD 639.20 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-11-02 22:12:51

PRS Paul Reed Smith SE Santana Yellow Guitar & Bag #7307

USD 729.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-11-06 20:49:20

PRS Santana Retro Rosewood Neck Charcoal Burgundy Metallic Burst (041)

USD 4450.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-11-04 15:52:36

PRS Wood Library Quilt 10 Top Santana Retro Flame Mahogany Neck

USD 4899.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-11-05 18:36:29

Paul Reed Smith - PRS - Santana SE - Electric Guitar w/ PRS Gig Bag!

USD 575.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-11-01 18:23:32

PRS SE Santana Yellow Guitar SASY

USD 799.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-11-04 15:59:03

Paul Reed Smith PRS KL 33 Korina Santana Limited Autographed by Orianthi

USD 2599.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-10-31 09:36:12