I have a late 90s C22 with HFS, VB. I have a 25th Anniversary C22 semi-hollow LTD with 57/08s, and I have a new C24 with 59/09s. About a year ago, I went to buy a 305 and wasn't blow away. I ended up buying a EBMM JP12 BFR . Love the guitar. Obviously a Dream Theater fan and was also interested in a "rock" guitar at the time, so I played that and bought it.
So, I'm a guy who has always LOVED the look and tones of strats but have never found a strat that plays like a PRS. (I have two very good strats. A 50th Anniversary Am DLX and a Tokai 57 reissue all white strat). I didn't get to play the 305 with my amps, and I didn't play it very long. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pattern Regular neck in all maple. So, that leads me to now. After some reading here, I got really interested in the DC3. Just missed one on ebay that went for about a grand shipped! Then I read all the NF love and think maybe an NF3 instead.
However, the one guitar that seems to have everything I want and more is.... the Brent Mason Signature model. It has the new 408 pickups, but splitable and a 305 pickup in the middle, P/R neck, etc. And, while not fancy, it's much more affordable. Should have both great SC and HB tones all in one.
The problem is, I haven't played the NF pickups either. When I stumbled on my C24 I was actually there to buy a Studio. I figured 57/08 + two NFs would be killer. Fell in love the C24 59/09s and bought it instead and because that shore sold their last Studio right before I got there and it was not one (color wise) that I would have been interested in anyway. So, I still kind of have a thing for the Studio guitars, but they cost more and would require a bit more gear selling to fund one. And this is assuming I'd love the NFs because I know I love the 57/08.
So as the merry go round turns, ON PAPER I LOVE the studio's, LOVE the Brent Mason, and love the NF3 and maybe DC3. But I can't buy them all. I'd love something I could do strat-ish tones on. Fat ones, like Trower stuff.
What I really want, is Markie to hire me so I can just buy them all! Pending that, to round out my PRS stash and get some strat-ish tones, what do you guys recommend.