Just bought a new Custom 24 from a dealer back east. Great guitar as expected. HOWEVER- I have a few complaints. If PRS is interested in offering the best possible product (And it appears they are), then here are a few things that should be examined:
1. The nut. The nut looked like it came out of a box of unfinished tall, fat and pre-grooved nuts. It wasn't final shaped, and the string grooves get progressively deeper, from the bass side to the treble side to an ultimate depth of at least .065" at the high E. This is WAY too deep for a string to sit on a nut. It looked like some jamoke from Taiwan did the nut and just left it that way and glued it in. Shameful.
2. The strap buttons. Simple, generic, plain-jane buttons, which isn't a real huge problem considering most players will opt for changing them to their preferred kind i.e., locking, etc. I was just really surprised to see that the little cheesy strap buttons were screwed right down the the bare finish, without the usual felt pads that you'll find on better guitars. In fact, I've bought guitars for 600 bucks that had felt pads on the strap buttons. The absence of these just strikes me as El Cheapo.
3. The headstock. This is my main gripe, because I'll have to live with this forever. Most, if not all PRS's I've seen have either a really cool inlay of some sort or that large raised Paul Reed Smith signature. Mine only has a little, sloppy hand-executed signature done with what looks like a gold metallic paint pen. It looks like hell, Paul. What were you thinking? Was it like the last of 900 you signed that day? This guitar possesses all the qualities that your guitars are famous for. It's really nice. But it has a half-assed hand-scribbled signature indelibly encapsulated under the finish to irk me for the rest of my life. Really shameful. I really expected to have NO complaints with a guitar listed at $5000.00, and quite frankly I was pretty shocked to have these three.
That's it. 3 easily-corrected issues. Hopefully the next time I'm able to scrape up the money necessary to buy another one, I won't see these amateurish goobers...