Price paid: $ 6500
Purchased from: Musikkinstrumenter.no
Sound — 10
The guitars solid mahogany body gives a very deep and rich tone and it truly sings. The treble and bass pickup has a very different sound where the neck pickup gives a strong bluesy tone with nice warm feel. Whereas the bridge pickup is dirty and hot with nice sustain. Overall I can hands down say that this guitar suits any style and it will excel at any area. I myself play blues, country, rock and metal. And this guitar will probably be the one guitar I will ever need.
Overall Impression — 10
This is my guitar. There are not many like it, and this one is mine. My guitar is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life. Me without my guitar, is useless. Need I say more? This guitar has fulfilled every aspect of what I expected and still surprises me. If it were lost I would buy a new one that I would use as a sledge to hit the sorry sod that stole my first one because it is heavy as hell.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar is a tank! But it handles like feather. A truly well made instrument it feels solid and it is solid. I have not dropped it in the floor (thank god) but I bet it would survive pretty much anything. The strap buttons are large. I had to "modify" my strap to make it fit, but it's worth it as it removes the need of strap locks. The tuners are so precise and easy to "retune" that I could use this on a gig without a backup. Being passive it does not need a battery. The finish is made to last a lifetime.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I do not know if my guitar came factory set up as I did not inquire upon it when I received the guitar. Apparently the guitar was to come with "nines" in string gauge, and that it did. The finish was exquisite and all edges were perfect overall smooth and shiny, but all of this is what one should expect from Paul Reed Smith and a guitar in this price range. The tone/volume pots came off pretty easily, I do not know if this is normal, but they are still tight and precise.
Features — 10
This guitar is a single-cut beautiful piece of wood. The body is made of solid mahogany and maple top. You can really feel the weight of this thing it is really heavy, but the guitar is still well balanced. It has a mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, the classic PRS bird pearl inlays. The profile of the neck is wide-thin which really feels nice and the finish of the neck is absolutely beautiful. About the inlays pre-2005 editions of this guitar has a "Tremonti" text inlay on the twelfth fret. The guitar comes with quilted or flamed maple and pretty much any color you want. The bridge is a tremolo of PRS make, it is of good quality and feels and handles good the pre-2005 editions do not have the trem-up routing. Overall the guitar roars of Paul Reed Smith quality which easily sets the bar for top of the line guitars. Body - Mahogany Top - Maple (Quilted or flamed) Neck - Mahogany Fret - 22 frets, 25 length - Rosewood Hardware Bridge - Tremolo with Trem-Up Routing Tuners - PRS 14:1 Phase II low mass locking tuners Truss Rod Cover - Tremonti Hardware Type - Nickel Treble Pickup - Tremonti Treble Bass Pickup - Tremonti Bass (Covered) Pickup Switching - Volume and Tone Control for Each Pickup and 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector On Upper Bout