Ok, we've had lots of threads from people who have pre-judged these guitars and even evaluations about the quality and sound of the pickups from people who have not even bothered to plug them in and still poo-pooed them.
They were in abundance at XPRS13 and are in the stores. Let's hear some real evaluations.
I attended one of the many S2 demonstrations at XPRS13 and was happy to hear that all 3 models sound very nice. The Custom 24 had all the personality of it's core brother in tone. The PRS growl is there in abundance and the bluesy tones are spot on. Both the Mira and Starla sounded like their core brothers that they are replacing.
With so many players trying to get into the demo area, sadly I still have not played an S2. But I did get to see and play them unplugged. The PRS quality there. I also had a long conversation with an employee in the S2 section of the shop. Quite simply, the woods are core grade woods, but at the lower end of the figuring scale. The body blanks are from the same pool of body blanks used for the core line.
Think about that for a second. A less figured hog blank that becomes an S2 Mira could just as easily have become the body of a painted core model. So what is different? Only the intricacy of the carve.
The maple tops are 1 inch thick instead of 2 inches thick. Same wood - different thickness.
The neck blanks are dramatically smaller. I realize here that I should have taken a pic of the two side by side in the S2 area. The cost savings looking at the two together are obvious.
Where did PRS tweak the specs to make the price point? The neck and top materials are in smaller dimensions than the corresponding core materials. If you have done any custom woodworking, that savings is obvious too.
The bodies have a much simpler carve. That saves time in two places: on the CNC machine; in the sanding area. Time is money.
The semi-reversed approach to neck machining also saves time. For example, the final cnc on the neck is done after the fretboard and it's inlays are attached...
Like I said, I didn't get to plug one in, but from everything I have seen so far, and having heard them in person in the hands of people who play way better than I can, The S2 line makes sense to me.
So - have you actually gotten to put one through it's paces? Post your review here! It's OK if you held one and didn't like the feel or played one and were not sold on the tone, but please do us all the courtesy of actually holding one or playing one and telling us your hands-on experience and not something based on what your think you know about them.