O. M. G.
I've always kind of wanted a PRS, even though I have this thing for vintage-design guitars (all my other electrics were new when I bought them, but they're all based on designs from the 1950s). So, having some extra cash, I thought why not? They're gorgeous guitars, and players (like e.g. Santana, Pete Loeffler) get gorgeous sounds out of it.
It came in today, and as I've come to expect from Sweetwater, it was flawless in every way. It was tuned a little flat (anomalously hot weather here in SF today), but after I got it tuned, I was just…stunned. In my (admittedly not enormous) experience with new guitars, it usually takes me a little while—half an hour, maybe—for it to really sound good to me. It's like the pickups need to be burned in, or maybe I just need to get used to it or something.
Not this guitar.
From the first power chord, I was AMAZED. This thing is a metal machine. Right out of the box the intonation was essentially perfect (and if you want to check the intonation on a guitar, play a six-string C#maj barre chord through thick and heavy distortion). I've had almost all of my electrics set up after I've had them for a few days, but I honestly don't think I'll need it for this one. The action height is perfect, the intonation is dead on, and somehow the 25-inch scale seems more comfortable than either a Gibson scale or a Fender scale.
Also, this is the lightest 8-pound guitar I've ever played. Not sure how or why that it is, but it's amazingly comfortable. It feels like it weighs two pounds less than my Les Paul, at least.
As I said, this thing is a metal machine. But the neck pickup puts out some silky-smooth jazz tones through a clean amplifier as well. Or British invasion sounds. It's only been 45 minutes, so I haven't even begun to explore the possibilities, but this thing is well on its way, so far, to being my favorite axe.
(Although eventually I'll probably like it as much as my LP, which is typically my favorite.)