Some people contend that we never went to the moon, some people contend that elephants are gods, some people contend that aliens control Earth. So what.
Believe what you want, I'm especially fond of the alien ruling Earth conspiracy theory just for its sheer amusement.
If you need to hear your friends and colleagues, whoever they might be, tell you that you're the big winner with your choice of guitar, well, that's all well and good, but you'll have to suffer their opinion when they don't pat you on the back for what you chose.
My professional opinion, as a player who gets paid to do the work, is that PRS are a good choice, and I've felt this way since 1991. Plenty of other opinions are out there, pro and con, about every instrument in existence. And in many shapes, and many stripes and colors.
Come to this forum, and some people don't like Gibson QC and think Fender CS are overpriced junk. Go to the Gibson forum, and folks think PRS are furniture. Go to another forum, and you'll get a different answer. Why people have to be so obsessed proving that their choice of personal instrument has to be somehow "better" than everyone else's is a source of constant mystery to me. Beyond that, it's annoying as hell.
Who cares what other players think of your choice in instruments? It's all useless opinion. Let them argue about your choice of underwear, motor oil, and blue jeans, and given the chance, they'll do it. If it matters that much to you what other people think, then hand other people your wallet, and let them shop for you.
If you would prefer to make your own decisions, as you already have, then you can't worry about this stuff.
And if that is offensive, well, fine, but it's the frigging truth. Moreover you know it and you're persisting with this nonsense.
And who the heck are your "clientele" that you keep referring to? If you're a guitar dealer, your answer should be obvious. If you're a session guy, then give Grissom or Mason a call and ask them.
Sheesh, this stuff just gets old, we hear it over and over and over and have on this forum and previous PRS forums forever. It's nonsense concocted by trolls, and I have no patience for it any more.
I should mention that I've had custom shop Gibsons and custom shop Fenders. All fine, all more expensive than PRS. And all were replaced by PRS except the '65 SG Special I learned to play on way back when.
Proves nothing. Mine is just one more opinion, more drivel and compost for the pile.