I picked this up to provide me better (louder) sound projection for completely unplugged gigs, since my SE Angelus Custom (with rosewood body) simply wasn't cutting through the "live mix". I've been using a Taylor for the last year or so, but as mentioned in a different thread, the string spacing is different (wider), despite having the same actual neck width, and the PRSi are just a whole lot more comfortable for me. Thanks to Dave's Guitars in La Crosse for making this happen so easy! Scarf joint is obvious, but I don't care (and I know it is just as good as a "solid neck"): The hard case that came with the guitar looks different from the SE hard case I got with my SE Angelus Custom, presumably because the other guitar was made in S Korea and this is made in China, so case sourcing was changed too. (Case says "Made in China".) It plays quite loudly and brightly, as one might expect from a maple body (yet nice and clear and with a good tone) - it seems like it will suffice for its intended purpose. I'm at the office, so I have to wait until I get home for a true comparison with the other PRS and other acoustic guitars I have.