I am a brand new forum member and PRS owner. My name is Mark and I joined about the same time I picked up a PRS Mira about a week or so ago. I live and work in West Virginia at a large university where I teach courses on music technology and manage the recording studio. I've played many instruments over the last ten or fifteen years, mostly the electric bass. Recently, I've had occasion for much more guitar work. I used to manage a retail music store that sold PRS, and have always been fans of the company and their products. I always said that if I were going to regularly play guitar, that a PRS would be my instrument of choice. I'm not being arrogant, but I do have a decent ear for tone and have played or worked with other guitarists on a large variety of high end gear.
Originally, my plan was to purchase a PRS at Experience PRS this year. However, I got impatient and didn't want to wait. I thought about Customs and DGT's. My favorite guitar PRS used to make was the Standard all mahogany. I couldn't find too many in the used market that met my needs. I was completely ignoring the Mira for whatever reason, but it kept popping up in my search. I knew that I wanted an all mahogany guitar that was versatile and comfortable to play. I finally decided to start reading about the Mira and then I started searching for one. There are no PRS dealers near me to even check something out anymore. However, the lure of the Mira was too great and the price was lower than I was originally planning on spending for a guitar anyway. I decided to buy one going only by the pictures and specs. I knew that just about any PRS wasn't going to be a disappointment, but hoped that the Mira really was what I wanted in a guitar.
It shipped to my job, and when I played it I was truly amazed. This guitar looks way better in person than the photos online do it justice. Not as heavily carved as some other models, but still very comfortable. Better still, this instrument sounds incredible! When I first strummed it, it had so much resonance and an almost hollow body like projection acoustically. The pattern regular neck looked like it might be uncomfortable to play because it is slightly bigger than what I was used to. Wrong. It's more comfortable and I find it easier to navigate the fretboard and actually play. No more spending time "fighting" the guitar. Now, I can play and my only real roadblock is myself. I can't believe it, but I think PRS Guitars may be even better than what they were ten years ago. I always found them amazing, but I'm really floored by the Mira now. Of course, I am also a sucker for the green burst finish and the birds.
I could keep going on, but this is probably too long as is. What is everyone's experience with the Mira? Maybe it's a honeymoon period, but I'm in love with this thing. It just calls to me to pick it up every chance I get.