#1
Hey all,

I'm seriously considering buying one of these beautiful instruments this summer when I don't have tuition to worry about, and wanted to ask for firsthand experiences that anyone's had with these guitars. (Precursor -- I haven't tried either yet, as none of the stores near me have an SS in stock, so I will be traveling later to get a feel for 'em in person. I have, however, played a PRS and loved the way everything felt -- so don't go flaming me for not having played one in person...)

I found a retailer online that's willing to do the Standard Satin (in Vintage Mahogany) for around 1400. Is it fairly similar in tone to the Customs? I know that the maple top makes the sound brighter, but aside from the aesthetic appeal and slightly brighter edge, is there really much of a difference between the two? If I were to go for the Custom, I'd try to find it at a similar retailer (i.e. one that could dip below PRS's standard prices that GC would offer), and I guess I'd like to know about how much I should be prepared to spend, based on your experiences...

And as far as the overall appeal goes, does anyone have both a 22 and 24 fret PRS and could tell me how different the pups are? I know that Opeth predominately uses the 24's with the HFS and Vintage Bass and I dig that tone, but I'm curious as to the comparison between that set and the Dragon II's...

At any rate, I'd appreciate any insight you guys can give me...

-TFA
#2
Im tryin to save up for a Mira. 24 frets, locking tuners, twin humbuckers, with a coil-split to get SC sounds. But IMO any and all PRS guitars are good. You cant go wrong. Even my little SE custom is amazing, plays like a dream, and my only beef is tuning, but from a 600$ guitar what do you expect?
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