I know a number of people here own these. I recently seen one at Markie's, but didn't play it. I know martysnarf did and he's quite the tone talker so maybe he can chime in on this one.
I've got one of the Walnut semi hollows, it's rapidly become one of my go-to guitars. Rediculously resonant.
Thanks guys! Any drool inducing pictures? Have you played a "normal" one? (I guess I should say Maple capped) If so, how do they compare tonally? I have owned two of the maple ones and a buddy owns another. All three were (are) insanley resonant as well. I feel they are easily one of the best guitars PRS has ever put out, and why I am so interested in the walnut version. Maybe a PS Artist 3 semi hollow trem walnut capped should be on my want list. No color to worry about either. Natural is the only way to go with walnut IMO.
The hollow body trem guitars almost motivate me to get a better day job.
Anyone own or have played both???
I have had both in the store, and it's going to be a real personal thing about the tone to each person. My GENERAL feeling is the maple guitar from the XPRS is clearer and maybe a little brighter. Although the Walnut is beautiful and limited to 25 pcs, to me it was not the winner in a head to head comparison. Others may have a different opinion, but the I believe the XPRS guitars are really overlooked and are super verasatile and are RICH in Tone.... Ymmv!
So there are really three options... the Custom 22 semi-hollow with 57/08's and McCarty switching, the first limited run. The same guitar with walnut top, and what GTRMAV referred to is the Experience 408 semi-hollow that only came in two colors.
I like both pickups, and have a Siggy Ltd with the 408 switching w/toggle (preferred, at least by me, over the slider), and a Custom 22 semi-hollow from the original run with 57/08's.
I played the walnut one at Markie's, and I have no other comparisons (except the memories of a semi-hollow Artist 2 from years ago). I was shocked at how bright the walnut was. It wasn't bad, but it was a lot brighter than I was expecting. A LOT. I guess I was expecting walnut to sound similar to sapele, but I was totally wrong. It wasn't a bad thing, but I was so surprised that I didn't even think to A/B it against a maple semi-hollow.
Too many and never enough...
I agree. My walnut sounds much more "modern" when playing through a high-gain amp. Hard to believe these are 57/08's.