I recently purchased an S2 Mccarty 594 thinline and noticed that the neck joint wasn't very well finished. Nice guitar overall; however, the bass side was basically missing a coat of paint, and the back joint had some glue run over that was just painted over. Ok, so I had my Sweetwater customer service rep inspect various other S2 line guitars for a replacement. There was another 594 thinline in black, and unfortunately it too had some paint issues. So, I decided to switch to a Vela. Shockingly, he could not find a Vela in inventory that did not have some sort of paint issue. Very disappointing. I have owned a few SE models in the past and never had any issues like this. Strangely I ended up replacing it with a Gibson LP Studio which has no issues (most of us know Gibson isn't known for their stellar QA - but I guess I got lucky). It's really disappointing to see this happening with PRS, particularly with their US built guitars. I really wanted an affordable US built PRS. My thoughts are, while perhaps not being the best value pound for pound for the dollar with the S2 line (not crazy about the electronics, but easily replaceable), PRS quality standards are suppose to be among the very best.