Brand bashing happens on every guitar forum I've ever been on, including here. I do my best not to get in arguments online when I'm not going to change anyone's mind anyway. If someone thinks every PRS is sterile with a pretty top, every Gibson has QC issues, or every Fender is an overpriced...
The "screws of torture" made me laugh because it's so true. I can't tell you how much blood has been spilled on my old Fender bridges. My #1 Fender is a 61 Esquire and I upgraded to a Callaham bridge and saddles in part to stop the blood letting.
Most of my guitars are vintage or vintage...
One last up date on this simple upgrade. The difference in sustain is really quite significant. I didn't notice just how much it increased until I had a chance to play a little louder. Even though the set up should be nearly identical, I must have changed something.
I think it's just the angle of the picture. Measurements before & after are the same.
There's a very real chance that I just want to hear a difference because I paid for an upgrade. Still, I feel like it was a worthy upgrade. It was a great guitar before and now I just have more of everything.
I reached out to the seller because I assumed the price was in error. He was very friendly and answered a few of my questions. I think he's just trying to get offers on the guitar without having to come up with a firm price. Not how I'd do it.
What is it about that era for you? I think PRS got so much right with this model from the beginning that I've stuck with the earlier ones. It shouldn't matter, but I even find the original ones more aesthetically pleasing. The 2nd one I posted in this thread just looks right to me. I suppose...
It looks quite plain unless you get it in the right light and angle. A little weak for a 10 Top but I'm okay with it. I knew I was was buying it as soon as I had it in my hands. It works on so many levels for me already so I'll be interested to hear if the new bridge makes much of a difference.
I'll be curious what you think of the rosewood neck compared to the others you have. My favorite PRS guitars have rosewood necks and the feel is off the charts. Not everyone loves the sound but I've got no complaints at all. The original McCarty is a modern classic in all it's iterations. Enjoy!