It is finally here.
Took about four months, and it seemed to drag on forever, but I got the call yesterday that it was on the UPS truck.
It would not be ready for pickup though until today since the tech at my dealer changed out the 10 - 46 strings for Ernie Ball Cobalts in 9 - 42.
I run that gauge on all of my guitars, so I like to keep it consistent.
I got back a few hours ago, but I had to snag some pics of it, eat lunch, and play it some before posting
As soon as my dealer opened the case, he pointed out that this is very close to a Ten Top, and that it was a quilt top and not flamed like we thought I would receive.
Would you say he is right about it being more of a quilt than flame?
The color is Antique Natural.
As a bonus I also got a control cover hand signed by Paul himself, very nice!
Paul will also be visiting my dealers store sometime in June, so he will be calling me to let me know when Paul will be there for the meet and greet.
I am very use to playing my three PRS SE models which are considerably cheaper than the USA built ones, so right away I noticed some big differences.
The control knobs are mounted in a recessed hole, and the contours on the sides of the guitar are much deeper and pronounced.
It is more comfortable to me to hold.
Playing the guitar unplugged sounds very nice like it rings more, better quality wood.
I went for the pattern thin neck which is kind of similar to the wide/thin neck I have on my SE Custom 24 and the SE Tremonti Custom.
Very comfortable for me to play.
I guess I prefer a thinner neck over fatter one.
Could be why these feel much nicer to me than my old Gibson '73 Les Paul Deluxe which had a fatter neck on it.
Even my Gibson SGs slim profile neck feels better than my old Les Paul.
I have not plugged in the guitar to any of my amps yet, will get to that later, as I wanted to get the pics out of the way first and just play the guitar for a bit to see how it plays.
As others have said, it plays like a dream.
Still need to swap out the stock strap pins for the Schaller Locking pins, but not in a hurry to get to that yet, as I am going to go back to playing it after I post this.
I can say without a doubt this is one very fine guitar, and maybe down the road I might go for a Maryland built Tremonti.
Here are some pics of the new guitar.
Wish I had a better camera, still not done researching what would be the best choice for me.
Also picked up a mic cab boom while I was there today.
PS, I will have more to say about it over the next few days as it sinks in that it is finally here, and I get to get a good feel for it.