While the SEs are quite nice and a great value, if you are going to spend $1,000 I would suggest that you might be able to find a US-made PRS for not that much more. It will be used, but 4 out of 6 PRSi I have purchased were used and I am very happy with them. Tell the dealer what you have in mind and perhaps they can help you find a used US model, maybe something taken on a trade, etc. They are simply wonderful guitars.