I'm pretty new to the forum so thought I'd firstly introduce myself and secondly mention a guitar that first attracted me to PRS yet I didn't buy it.
I was looking for a 24 fret guitar with an OFR trem and neck-thru design that wasn't screaming out 'METAL'. As you can imagine, such a beast isn't easy to come buy. It terms of looks, the Torero was ideal and it felt really nice to play but for me, it had a few crucial deal-breakers and I wondered if anyone else felt the same.
1) No inlays. I HATE this about the Torero. PRS have the coolest inlays on the market so other than penny pinching, what possible reason would there be to do without them? I don't want a guitar without fret markers anyway but I certainly don't want a PRS without fret markers. It doesn't even have to be birds if that's not seen as Metal enough. We've had bats on a PRS but there are other options. Dragons?
2) EMG pickups. Yes, I know they're currently the fashionable pickups for Metal but I just don't like them and would much rather have passives. I'd at least like a passive option instead of the EMG route. In an ideal world I'd just like them to install the HFS/VB option so I can rip them out and fit some Bare Knuckles. This saving could either make the guitar cheaper or allow money for other upgrades like fret markers.
3) Maple neck-thru. Virtually every neck-thru guitar out there that has a neck-thru design uses maple and the vast majority of them are more established in the Metal market than PRS so why just copy? Why not do something a bit different? Mahogany neck-thru for instance would be unusual and desirable.
4) Flame maple finish. Yes, I like it but I'd much rather have a quilt option and I see no reason why they can't easily provide that option as it's not like it's real quilted maple; it's only a veneer.
5) Colours. The black cherry was nice but generally speaking the colours on offer for this model have been pretty boring, which is a shame as PRS have some lovely finishes on some of their other guitars. If I go to the website today I see an option of white or red, neither of which holds any appeal at all.
Much as I liked the guitar to play, I eventually abandoned the idea and stuck with my Jackson instead. If I were to change the Jackson, I'd probably get a LTD instead. Having said that, I did eventually buy a PRS when I picked up a 25th Anniversary SE Custom 24 and I absolutely love it, especially once I'd put some Bare Knuckle pickups into it. Despite costing less than my Jackson, it's now probably my number 1 guitar. The only two things I don't like about it is the flat top and the positioning of the selector switch, which is awful but both of these things are fixed on the newer models. To be honest, if they just sold a Custom 24 with a Floyd I probably would have bought it. I'll probably keep the Jackson for another year or two now and then sell it to get a second SE Custom 24 loaded with some slightly more vintage Bare Knuckle pickups as I may be getting too old for guitars with Floyds but you never know. I'd still be tempted by a Custom 24 with a Floyd