I wasn't planning on buying a guitar last Saturday. I went into my local guitar shop, the Rockshop in Christchurch, to buy an amp. The shop was busy, as it usually is on a Saturday and I was headed toward the amps when I glanced up at the guitars hanging behind the counter.
There it was, a PRS SE Custom 24 in a gorgeous blue colour. I'd heard about PRS guitars but had never played one, so I asked if I could have a go. As soon as I was handed the guitar, it just felt right in my hands. The neck felt good, comfortable, like I'd had the instrument for years rather than a few seconds. Then I plugged it into an amp, a Fender Mustang III. I fell in love. That's the only way I can describe what happened.
I'll tell you a story that does relate to my discovering PRS and my SE Custom 24, so please bear with me. I used to play the fiddle and when I was planning a trip to Washington, D.C., I discovered that they have several Stradivarii violins that can be played by members of the public. I made an appointment and played three of Antonio Stradivari's instruments. The experience was magical. The note was simply there, waiting for me to touch the string with the bow.
How does this relate to my PRS SE Custom 24? Well, the experience was similar in that this beautiful, warm sound was right there, waiting for me when I plucked the string. I didn't have to work to make a nice sound come out of the instrument. It was already there. I'm not saying PRS are in the same ballpark as Stradivari's violins, but the experience was similar.
Of course I bought the guitar. I posted a photo on the "Show Your SE" thread, but I'll put it here too. Isn't it pretty? It can safely be said that I have been converted and am now a true PRS guitar fan. One thought keeps going through my mind though. If the quality is this good in a Korean-made SE model, how bloody good is the quality in the US-made instruments?