Got me a new guitar on Monday. Thanks to a "heads up" from a fellow forumite on GAB, I looked on the Guitar Center website. They were doing something called "Guitar-a-Thon" and low and behold, they had the PRS I've been eyeing for AGES on a blowout price I just couldn't pass up.
Apparently this is a late model 2009 SC245. I am guessing it never sold because most PRS guys like a figured, candy-like top and these "metal" finishes (yes, that's what they are called) don't appeal to their core market. As I have watched the price drop over the last year and a half when I first saw it it came down from $3500 to $2900. They offered it to me for $2245 out the door about a 6 months ago.
When I checked the site Saturday night they had it stupid low at $1580! Called as soon as they opened on Sunday and had my boy put it on hold. When I went to get it Monday, the case was missing. No biggie. I have a TKL LP case. Got it for $1400!!! Not too shabby IMHO.
Tried it at rehearsal Tuesday and DAMN does it play like a dream. Really digging the pickups as well. Took me a minute to get used to how the knobs are laid out. Used to Gibson's control scheme.
Cool thing for me, I reached out to the PRS support team to get some info on the guitar. They did the Metal Finishes on quite a few guitars some time ago. I guess this is a variation the did on what the guys said was "less than a handful" of SC's.