I ordered this guitar since I thought it would be a good complement to my other PRS (bolt-on, from 1995, USA). I did some research and it looked promising. Once received, I admired the beauty of it and it was playable straight out of the box. The color is just a beauty and the neck super-smooth. I don't like 0.09 set of strings, so I changed them to 0.10's and adjusted the truss rod accordingly, very slightly, since PRS are VERY sensitive. Very low string action was possible. I played for a couple of days without plugging it in (no amp at home), and it was a pure joy.
My expactations had now risen since I ordered it; how would it behave when plugged in to my Kemper stage in the my homestudio? well, as it would turn out, it excelled! The TC-I pickups sound great- much higher output than my other PRS (it has HSS with coil split). Pickups are very responsive and sound fat and full in humbucker mode, clear, but never hard. When trying the coil splits, the sound was even more impressive: great single coil sounds emerged and could also be paired with the other pickup as h/s. Very versatile and great sounds all over no matter what amp I tried! Clean, crunch hi-gain- just superb! And the sustain went on for hours...
I cannot reccomend this guitar highly enough. If you like its color, then go for it, nothing to loose, if you have a grand to spare. My first PRS may just be my second PRS now? And the SE, well, if SE is This good now, should I sell my old 335 to buy a USA made PRS and go full throttle in??
+ Looks, playability, versatility, TC-I pickups.