I’m not a cork sniffer, I’m an old player. I have a couple of SE’s with the overseas bridge. I like the way the guitars they are on sound. I’m not going to flip the bridge over and complain because the underside isn’t perfect. My ears tell me what sounds good and what doesn’t. My wallet doesn’t.
I am not a cork sniffer, just someone who has been paid to pay attention to fine detail his entire work life. The imported tremolo is a big step down in quality from a PRS core bridge of any generation. It is very cheaply made when compared to the real thing, not only from a build point of view, but also a functional point of view (e.g., I have never had a ball end stick in a core bridge of any generation). The original Classic Electrics and the earlier CEs shipped with all core hardware. The original Classic Electrics were PRS' first attempt at building a guitar to get players into the PRS family. A CE is already an expensive guitar, so two hundred dollars more is not going to break the bank for most purchasers because it is a buy once, cry once purchase. A guitar that had been considered to be USA core instrument up until 2016 should not need to be tweaked and upgraded out of the factory. In essence, a post-2016 CE does not need to be seen as a CE Lite. The S2s exist to provide a more budget-friendly Maryland-made PRS "lite" experience.