You guys are killing me! I started a similar thread on another forum a while back, questioning whether or not I should gig my PRS... The answer was "it's meant to be used" and they were right. Some people don't like PRS because they just don't lay into them like they would a Gibson or Fender - they feel they're too precious and refrain from digging deep. This leads to folk taking a little TOO much care of them and it hurts resale values - I've seen £1k dropped off a sale because of a tiny scratch or a case that's maybe a little worn...!!! A case!! Whereas prices for battered Les Pauls seem to go UP the more they're used! Give me the used PRS any day! I do agree in taking care of PRS as much as any other instrument but not to take it to this gig or that, or to be too pristine, keep it in the house or not abuse it like you would a Fender etc? It's damaging the reputation IMO. I buy mine to use.