I got an NF3 a few months ago and have been putting it through it's paces. First off, I LOVE the pattern regular neck and the feel of the satin finish on this one.
These pickups... are INCREDIBLE! I can seemingly do almost anything with this guitar. Turn down the mids and turn up the treble on the amp, and I can make it very stratty sounding, but of course with no hum. The 2 and 4 positions (with mids down) can get very quacky. One super cool thing is putting it in the 4 with my MESA TA 30 in the Marshall mode set with some crunch. In the 4 mode its sparkly and semi-clean. Drop it to 5 and instant solo tone!
Turn the mids up and this could sound like a humbucker guitar with more variations. With my Mesa Mini Rec, it's very easy to dial the clean channel for very strat-like tones and the gain channel for screaming high gain tones. And the volume knob works so well (as it does on all my PRS guitars) that rolling back for a rhythm tone is easy and sounds great.
I am in love with this guitar!!! This and my newer Custom 24 with 59/09s are the two most versatile guitars I've ever played. I am wondering with it being discontinued, how many guys actually took the time to explore what all these pickups can do. I'm thinking it would be one of the MOST popular models of more people did. Yes, mine is plain white, and I know a lot of PRS guys like the beautiful guitars like my other 3 PRSs. But this thing is incredible and would be my first choice as a gig guitar. AWESOME GUITAR!!!