At first I wasn't sure how this would compare to a Core model, but overall I was surprised how good of a guitar this really is. Fit, finish, quality was as expected. The bump ups from the high side SE's pushed me to this S2. Neck is far superior to my SE's, and very close to my Tremonti Core other than the thinner neck profile on the Core. This S2 is more into LP territory which is what I was looking for. Pickups are full sounding and have more bottom end response than my LPCust with 57's. Really nice for modern sounds. The hardware is really good and the guitar stays in tune so much better than my Se's even with locking Schaller's. The bridge on this guitar is really good. This guitar has been and will be seeing a ton of stage time going forward. Thanks to PRS for making the S2 line. I'm not big on bringing out a nice Core guitar to beat on at bar gigs. This fits that duty just fine. Thanks to Dave B for the recommendations and assistance. Sweetwater guys are great!