Meet The All-New 2018 SE Acoustic Lineup

PRS 2018 SE Acoustic

After countless hours spent researching, prototyping, play-testing, and enjoying, we are excited to introduce to you a whole new lineup of PRS SE Acoustics. Below, meet the new models and read about how they came to be. 


The 2018 SE acoustics are offered in six (yes, six!) varieties. Our goal? To offer players a wider selection of features than ever before, and no matter the model, to give musicians the perfect tool to utilize for songwriting, studio recording, or live gigging on stage.

Below, Paul Reed Smith discusses the 2018 SE Acoustic project and the research that brought them to fruition:

The six new models can best be broken down into three pairs: the SE AX20E & SE TX20E, the SE A40ESE T40E, and the SE A50E & SE T50E.

The A & T prefix in each model correspond to the body shape, "A" for Angelus, "T" for Tonare. To help you visual the product offerings, check out the graphic below:

Both shapes are designed to be instantly comfortable and well-suited for fingerstyle or picking players.

Listen to Paul Reed Smith explain some of the process and philosophies behind these new instruments:

Let's explore what makes each of these pairs unique: 



  • Mahogany Back & Sides
  • Traditional "X" Bracing
  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Ebony Fretboard & Bridge
  • Bone Nut & Saddle
  • Fishman GT1 Electronics



A40E T40E


  • Ovangkol Back & Sides
  • PRS Hybrid "X" / Classical Bracing
  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Ebony Fretboard & Bridge
  • Bone Nut & Saddle
  • Fishman GT1 Electronics



A50E T50E


  • Maple Back & Sides
  • PRS Hybrid "X" / Classical Bracing
  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Ebony Fretboard & Bridge
  • Bone Nut & Saddle
  • Fishman GT1 Electronics




Check out the 2018 SE acoustic product pages here!

To order your new acoustic, find a dealer here!

Comments (23)

Jared Payne December 27, 2018 - 1:16pm
What brand of string and gauge is shipped on the A50e and is this the recommended brand and gauge when restringing?
Timothy Wilson December 24, 2018 - 3:28am
Will you be making any of your acoustic guitars in a left handed model? I’ve noticed quite a few people above asking. I would love to buy one, but need a lefty.
Steve August 30, 2018 - 5:50pm
After listening to all the demos of all three guitars I find them all truly beautiful in sound, and looks. I really wish PRS would make an acoustic with 24.75 fretboard as my smaller, and much older hands need that scale length these days. It’s apparent that PRS has taken a large step forward here for those of us who can’t quite afford the more expensive line of acoustics they make. Thanks Paul, much appreciated!
Larry Wilson August 15, 2018 - 1:16am
Recently bought SE A40. So pleased.... What a beautiful guitar. The tone is fantastic! PRS I am so impressed with the detail and craftsmanship. Could not be happier. Thanks
Mark Phillippi August 02, 2018 - 10:15am
I haven't been able to determine whether PRS offers any short scale acoustic guitars. For those of us with small hands, short scale length is a must. Thank you.
Henry Whitaker July 30, 2018 - 8:07pm
Can the se a50e be purchased in a lefthanded model?
Andrew McMullen April 03, 2018 - 5:44pm
Thanks [email protected] :)
[email protected] April 03, 2018 - 5:38pm
Hey Andrew, absolutely!
Andrew McMullen April 03, 2018 - 12:49am
Can these guitars handle medium gauge strings really well? I prefer the sound and feel of medium gauge strings like Elixir Nanoweb and D'addario Nickel Bronze strings.
John March 09, 2018 - 2:16pm
Satin acoustic guitar please?
MM February 02, 2018 - 12:48pm
Finally! Beautiful piece! Or pieces! All look and sound great!
Tim February 02, 2018 - 8:31am
All your demo's give details of the guitars but never mention the specs on the neck. Is it slim lined or a full roundness. A slim lined is more comfortable for playing shows for 3-4 hours a night. Also any chance that the volume control could be changed to the Fishmans top panel mounted on the upper part of the guitar, for quick ajustments?
Özgür Özcan January 16, 2018 - 3:41pm
Did you consider using any other wood than spruce (e.g. cedar) for the
Camille Moussa January 16, 2018 - 1:24pm
Are the sides and back solid wood or laminates?
Marc Luckey January 15, 2018 - 4:42pm
Any plans to make acoustic models in left hand?
Chris Gazzeny January 15, 2018 - 12:39am
Today's Guitar's are made with so much thought and love. You want to hang them on the wall as Art. Just joking play away peps.
Kerry Murray January 12, 2018 - 7:12am
Hi guys you planning on doing any left hand versions on the new acoustic electro acoustic range??
David Allsopp January 10, 2018 - 8:10pm
The new 2018 lineup of acoustics look and sound great just one thing- still no left hand options!!!! Was starting to get excited when I saw the new se electric lineup in left handed option, here’s hoping it may happen later in the year
Wayne Anderson January 10, 2018 - 6:59pm
Impressive looking, impressive sounding. One question: aside from the solid sitka spruce tops, do any of these configurations come with solid back and sides tonewoods? Thanks, Wayne..
Walter Hamlin January 10, 2018 - 5:21pm
I would like to hear each guitar in a comparison played the same. What I heard today was wonderful but each guitar was played differently. The strumming and tune played was different for each guitar. That is great to show case each guitar but for someone listening for a particular sound, it is difficult to determine which would be best if you cannot hear them played the same way. A definative sound track played on each guitar then a sound track that accentuates that particular guitar would be most helpful I think. Thank you.
Brian Evans January 10, 2018 - 4:39pm
Bill January 10, 2018 - 3:48pm
It would be nice if you offered at least one model in nylon strings.
Gary Thiele January 10, 2018 - 2:39pm
Awesome line of new acoustic instruments! Have you ever considered a cedar/hog model and incorporating a short scale neck? I'm 62 with arthritis in my hands and a short scale neck make a big difference - and I've always enjoyed the feel of the lesser string tension as well. Cedar top short scale - I'll buy one!

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