So are you suggesting that they are simply sorting thru their inventory of woods and selecting the less prime items for use in the S2's?
I can't imagine one of the high class USA tops having a top like the ones I have seen on the pictures of the S2's they are selling on some of the major internet places. They don't look like the same quality of wood to me and I can't imagine that PRS would source their hardwood in a way that there would be enough lower quality wood left over, rejected, to fulfill the S2 production requirement. I think that the S2 hardwoods would have to be sourced at a specified quality level, different from the expensive USA models. I'm positive that they are not made from scrap wood from the expensive USA model production process.
Also the tops on the S2's does not compare to the core USA tops when observed in the internet pictures on the big internet sites that sell S2's. How could this feasibly be the same wood? I suggest that the wood is sourced and graded specially for the S2 production operation.
Maybe you know more about this than me - but how do you explain the obvious differences in the appearance of the tops between the core and S2 lines? To me, there is an obvious difference in the grade of the wood, between the two lines.
I, however, really like the S2's and don't require the spectacular beauty of a core PRS; even though I may buy one some day.
I think we have to be realistic when we consider the actual production operation of the S2 line. Many of the elements can not be of the same quality as the core line. I believe that the materials are of excellent quality though and may soon buy a S2 Singlecut or Custom 22.