Price paid: $ 2100
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
My style of music includes hard rock and metal. I also love to play scales and appregiate chords on this guitar. I'm using it with a Marshall H/S. As far as instrument specifications I'm kind of a dune, but in laymans terms, this guitar is sick! I'm not biased because I have one, either. I also own a Fender Strat (American) and an Ibanez Iceman. The first guitar is about $375 new and the iceman was about $650. The PRS was $2100, which is pricey, but I'm telling you from experience it is worth every penny. The stock pickups are a dream. With seven settings (tones), you can reach any sound you want. I usually keep it on the first setting because that is the most "trebly" sound and is good for shredding and power chords. The action is awesome. My fingers can play this guitar so easily. It really makes the transition from chords, solos, and scales sooo easy. It isn't too heavy either. It stays in tune perfectly. I play this guitar about 2 hours per day and only have to retune it every other day.
Overall Impression — 10
When people think of PRS, an image of Carlos Santana may come to mind or something. Most metalheads, gothcores, emo's, or hardcore guitar players don't think of a PRS when rocking out. They think of Jackson, Ibanez, etc. Well I love bands with hard riffs like Killswitch, The Black Dahlia Murder, etc. and this guitar can handle the hard picking of a dropped tuning. It will give you some power man. Think of a 427ci enging in a classic muscle car. Or even a 502. Don't let the pretty birds or the shiny finish fool you. Again, I'm not biased, I've owned six other guitars, check my ratings of them and see that I am fair in my ratings. Good luck if you are trying to buy a guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've played Live with this guitar and I'm telling you now I can't think of any other guitar I've played that is this competent. I've owned it for three years and as gentle as I try to be with my instruments, they still all tend to go through hell. But this one just holds up and I expect it to keep going strong for several years to come. Extremely dependable. The finish is amazing and all the materials are quality crafted. The only thing I might advise is caution when you are plugging in your cable. The nut got a little loose after the second year of player, but I must admit I would jam the cable in carelessly. I don't think it's manufacturing defect, because I was so harsh with it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Right out of Guitar Center, this machine was ready! As I've stated before I'm not knowledgeable on the technical aspects of the specifications of these instruments (but maybe you can relate to someone like that more), but I am an experienced player (7 years) and pretty decent all around. I've played many other PRS models and years, and they are all such good quality. Bottom line: if you see the letters 'PRS' on a guitar, please know that that is a quality instrument and you won't be disapponed (although if you are buying form Guitar Center, you can almost certainly talk them down up to 600 dollars, so please do).