they didn't have the exact guitars i wanted to try out (hardtail C22 and McCarty)
BUT i played a 408, paul's guitar, P22, studio, and a couple of SC's, knowing most of them are above my budget.... despite the fact that they all had dead strings and horrible setups(not a surprise with guitar center), they were all very hard to put down.
the 408 pickup setup is awesome for retaining output when split, but the strings were too dead for me to really get a good feel for the 408 or paul's guitar. so my favorite one was the hardtail P22 with uncovered 57/08's. i know it's pretty much a CU22+piezo, right? well that pretty much affirms the fact that i want one of those or a mccarty.
regarding necks, i thought i wouldnt like the wide fat profile, because my les paul has a fat baseball bat neck that i dont find particularly comfortable.... as it turns out, my 71 les paul's neck is even fatter than the R9 i tried out... so, in reality, the PRS wide-fat neck is not that fat afterall IMO. to me it still feels relatively thin. so i enjoyed all the PRS necks i played and dont really care which one i get.
I also didnt realize all the PRS tremolos already have brass blocks in them. i did a brass block upgrade on my floyd and made a huge difference. so i actually liked the tone i got from the tremolo studio i played. i still dont like the headache of tuning trem guitars though, so i'm sticking with a hardtail.