I like the V12, have no reason to criticize the poly however.
But my new favorite finish is the nitro they're using now. I have no idea what the effect on the tone is, though it might play a role; mainly I like the subtle sheen and feel of it.
It's not a Gibson, new PRS are better .
PRS Custom-24 10-Top Black Gold, Stripped 58 Blue Multi Foil
Taylor T5-S Red Edgeburst, GS Mini Mahogany
PRS couldn't even rope me in until they released the Mira & Starla models, so I'm obviously of the "new=better" camp. The pickups since about 2008 have been especially great, and many of the other design tweaks have been very good - I really like V12, personally.
I think some guys don't like being told that they're buying the latest/greatest/most innovative "ultimate tone machine" only to be told with the next innovation that "now THIS one is the ultimate tone machine!" - PRS market stuff a bit like technology sometimes that way, whereas guitars transcend that... but it is what it is and a nice guitar in right hands will never not be a nice guitar.
What G*bson does is the opposite - every model year they release an "even more authentic" repro of the models they are resting their laurels on...
Last edited by Whitecat; 08-05-2014 at 03:15 AM.
PS Starla (burnt orange smokeburst), Starla (vintage cherry, IRW neck, birds), HBII (faded gray black 'double' 10-top), HB12 (black gold), NF3 (antique white/birds), 25th ann. Mira 245 (frost blue metallic), KL1812, 2011 'Stripped' 58 (goldtop)
I'm with Sergio and some others in that I fell in love with PRS in the early 1990s, my first being my long-lost Cherry Sunburst CU24 with moons. Hell, I don't know if it was even a 10-top or not, not even a pic of her from my college days survived.
I will always associate PRS with the feel of the wide-thin neck, the wings, the rotary, and the squeal of the HFS.
But as I age (albeit NOT like a fine wine) and find myself playing with less gain, I appreciate the clarity and open-ness of the 5x/0x and 408s a bunch. So my heart sides with my 1991 CU24, and the rest of me takes the newer stuff and runs...
1990, 91, 92 & 97 CE24s | 1991 CU24 | 2000 CU22 Semi-Hollow | 2003 & 04 SE EG
2008 SE Semi-Hollow Soapbar | 2011 CU24 GC Throwback | 2012 Signature Limited
2013 408 Brazilian | 2013 Paul's Guitar | 2013 HB II | 2013 CU24 Swamp Ash Limited
2013 CU24 | 2013 XPRS 408 Semi-Hollow | 2014 CU24 Semi-Hollow
I just got the 408 last week (Wide thin, 10 top) and so I've got all 6 of them on the rack, ABing them back and forth. I have to agree, the 91 with the sweet switch engaged thru a Zendrive/Mosferatu combination (very high gain, smooth overdrive) sounds REALLY good. Clean, though, and especially for bluesy neck pickup sounds the 408 just nails it better. I think it's going to be my new favorite!
I like the rotary switch, winged tuners, sweet switches, and the sometimes odd tops & faded finishes of the older CU24s. I don't need innovation when the older ones do exactly what I want them to do. That doesn't make the newer ones bad in any way, just not what I need. The one exception for me is a 07 CU22 but of course there have been a lot of changes since that was built. The nice thing is that there are great options out there for all of us.
I think one huge improvement is the choices you get with the Artist packs. That is fantastic!!!!!