all I can say is: they did it right. I compare it to my s2 singlecut as follows: feel: equal Playability: equal Hardware: equal Cost: paul’s Pickups: pauls Tone: paul’s Flexibility: Pauls Looks: paul’s Value: paul’s It had what would be a 10 top if it were a core. It was amber. The birds are gorgeous on this one. Now I have to find a way to get one. It was honestly the nicest guitar I’ve played in a long, long time! Well done PRS...well done!