I picked these up over the past few weeks...it's been a good month! The one thing that really struck me about these guitars is the near-perfection of them. I see guys on other forums whining and calling PRS sterile, but I just don't get that. They feel incredibly solid and well-built, and they sound fantastic. They are also amazingly consistent. I believe these are something like the 9th and 10th PRSi I've owned, and every guitar has been great (including SE models). I love that when I get one, I pretty much know what I'm getting. I don't have to cross my fingers and hope that it's "a good one," which is what I've done in the past with some of the other popular brands. It makes me feel confident when I buy one without playing it first. If I find out that it's not for me after owning it for a while, I'm also confident that it's something inherent in that particular model that I'm not crazy about, rather than a flaw in a particular instrument. Anyway...on to the good stuff.
First up is a 2011 513 with a rosewood neck. Why on earth didn't anyone tell me how awesome 513's are?!?! I've bought a number of PRSi over the past few years, but I never looked too seriously at the 513 for some reason. If you're in the same boat, do yourself a favor and take another look at this model. Everyone talks about how versatile they are, so I figured they must be like a multi-tool...just okay at a bunch of things, but not really good at anything. IMO that isn't the case. This guitar totally blew me away. It can hang with my full humbuckers (Paul's Guitar, DGT, SC58, DC22, etc.), but it adds in a whole bunch of flavors to the palette. The great thing is that those flavors are an incremental bonus, rather than creating any sort of compromise to my ears. The 'heavy humbucker' sounds are a throaty/woody sound, and the single coil sounds are pretty darn legit. The pattern regular rosewood neck is insanely comfortable as well. Getting used to having the middle pickup there has been a little bit of an adjustment, but not really an issue. It looks pretty darn good dressed in its McCarty Sunburst finish too. I'm really diggin' this guitar!
Next up is a Wood Library DGT from Brian's Guitars. This thing is fantastic as well. Feels, looks, plays, and most importantly sounds amazing. It's a super lightweight tone machine...love it! The bridge pickup into Marshall-style amps is mental. Also of note, Brian was awesome to work with on this one. He makes everything really easy...good communication, pricing, etc. I think he gets his hands on some of the finest PRS wood going out the door these days. This one is fairly easy on the eyes as well...all the way down to the sparkly little birds.
Top: Hand Picked figured Maple 10 top
Body: Ribbon Mahogany
Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood
Inlays: Birds with hand selected Sparkle Mother Of Pearl centers and Paua outlines
Neck carve: DGT
Bridge: PRS Tremolo
Case: Black Tolex
Here's a shot next to my orange tiger Paul's Guitar...the flame pattern on these is very similar.