So, 10 days before Christmas our local PRS dealer posted a picture on Facebook of a black S2 Satin Standard Singlecut that had just arrived. Apparently one of the last two to hit Europe. Since my 20th Anni was way overdue for a string change, and since I wanted to go a gauge lighter, and since I would find any excuse I needed, the 20th Anni and I headed to the dealer on the first Saturday immediately thereafter. This was the weekend before Christmas. Plugging the S2 into a Blackstar HT-40, setting the gain to 5 and hitting the intro to Back in Black brought a big smile to my face. Played around a bit more and was thoroughly impressed. It was quite easy to get my type of hard rock tones from this guitar. It felt and sounded exactly like I had imagined and I handed it back to the dealer with a heavy heart. The only other guitar in his store (and I have tried quite a few) that made me feel this way was a SC 245 with 57/08s, but that sold before I could raise the funds for it. On the way home, I kept thinking I should turn around and just buy the guitar. Got home and got my empty SKB-56 hard case which I got for the Bernie, but the Bernie did not fit. Still had a couple of hours before the store closed, so I got the Bernie as well, in order to compare it to the S2. Just as I was about to leave, my youngest toppled over with a chair and managed to bite quite deeply into his tongue. Lots of blood and off to the ER for us - at least if you arrive with a bleeding toddler in your arms you get helped quite quickly. Got out of the hospital an hour before the store closed, but after that experience, buying a guitar wasn't exactly my number one priority. In any event, I reasoned I could always pick it up the Friday before Christmas. For the next week, I checked the store's webpage at least 2 times (or perhaps 10 times) to ensure that it was still in stock. My luck held until Thursday when suddenly it sold. Saying I was disappointed is an understatement, but due to the internet, I found some in the UK. Imagine how happy I was to see a 20% Christmas discount applied to these. I did not buy one, as I was still deciding between a satin Vela (available locally) and the Singlecut. Figured I would go play the Vela once all the bank holidays were over and then buy whatever I liked most. However, the wife and Santa Claus had other plans for me on Christmas Eve... The wife knew how badly I wanted this guitar and she also knew that I monitor our credit card activity on a daily basis. So, she needed to buy it on the Thursday as I would only see this on our statements the after the holidays. When I picked up the 20th on Friday, the dealer greeted me with a bigger than usual smile. He was in on the surprise and had difficulty keeping a straight face. Good thing for him that another customer was waiting after me, otherwise he may have given away the surprise. I had her quite worried when I found the S2s selling for a 20% discount, and of course she encouraged me to rather go play the Vela so that I can make an informed decision. As usual, she always encourages supporting local businesses, so that did not tip me off at all. I have already posted my impressions of the finish in this thread - http://forums.prsguitars.com/threads/s2-satin-vs-usa-satin.26306/. I have compared the guitar to most of my others and can comment on this a little later. Before the guitar sold, my plan was to just post some pictures and not write another novel. However, I found this story to cool not to share.