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After reading about the S2 line a couple of months ago, I was thinking "A U.S. made PRS I can actually afford?! (or that the wife will let me afford )"
So when the nearest place to carry PRS put them up on their site, I had them get a gray-black S2 Custom for me to try. A month later I finally got into the store (I live a 2 hour drive away). Tried it out, and loved it.
For comparison, I've been playing an Am. Special Strat for the last couple years, and I've never touched a PRS before. So this was a contrast.
They set me up on the same model amp I use at home. The S2 Custom in the store was tuned to drop-D, so I had to fix that, also the action was set quite a bit higher than I expected. I'm pretty sure someone in the store had been messing around with it over the month.
Anyway, it took a little time to get used to the action and the 24 frets, but within about half an hour it was starting to feel natural. I love the sounds of the pickups, after being used to single coils. The feel of the neck and fretboard were different (my Strat has a maple board), but I actually liked the overall feel of the Custom better. It feels more precise, and is more forgiving to play. And the pictures don't do them justice, they look great. Not the pieces of art that the core models are, but a more spartan, clean look, which I like.
So it felt good, sounded good, played good and looked good. So I bought it.
I suspect the Strat will be picking up a little dust for the next while.
Hope you had the action corrected, it should not be high at all. That's one thing I really like about the PRS pattern neck, with action set at factory level, it just feels so comfortable to my hands.
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Yep. I ended up turning all the bridge height screws down one full turn to get it close to 2/32" at 12th. Made it much nicer.
Actually, no. I've never seen that in any setup instructions. But since you mentioned it I've done a little research, and I'll be detuning before adjusting height from now on.
In the meantime, I'm really liking the S2. I'm getting used to the different sound as compared to the strat. I need to make some amp/effect adjustments.
Got my hands on the Mira and Starla at the PRS event in Boston tonight... VERY cool. The thing I noticed about the Mira was that the wood was of similar quality to the lower priced Gibson's, but the finish was WAY better. The rosewood board had some of the lighter grains running through it, but the edges of the neck were very smooth and consistent, whereas I often feel like the Gibson stuff can be very uneven. For some reason that inch or so on the next next to the board just bothers me when it's off. Action was a tad high on the Mira for my taste, but that's just personal preference. The seafoam green Starla was set up perfectly (and looked SWEET in person, had to hold back the wallet). Someone played it through a HXDA and it really sang.
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