When comparing the three "cousins" (SE 22, S2 22 and Custom 22) I am a bit puzzled by certain 'marketing' choices.
There is a serious price gap from one model to the other and in order to justify this, there must be some (visible, audible, ...) differences:
. the SE mainly differentiates itself from the S2 by its country of origin (also by the quality of the sound although I have seem some debate over this)
. the S2 differentiates itself from the standard 22 by a few technical choices but also by its colours and absence of quilted tops.
It seems as if PRS is especially known for the quality of its quilted top. I'm most likely going to purchase a S2 22 (or 24) but am not super excited about the colour choices and would love a quilted top. However, if the S2 had a quilted top, I believe many buyers would migrate from the standard 22 to the S2.
Taken the above into account, why the heck did PRS choose quilted tops for the SE? It's like putting the body of a Rolls on the engine of a 'cheaper' car...