Well I am convinced that the Korean PRS SE guitars are very much a real "PRS" and not just a cheaper mass produced knock off. They play and sound so well and that I've sold a USA made Gibson SG to fund a new Custom 22 semi hollow... without even playing it! (it was well worth it) I don't know if I even want a core model anymore considering how these SE's blow away most USA guitars I've owned throughout the 25 years I've been playing! It's crazy... I have not had to change anything other than widening the nut slots to fit my 10-56 strings. The pickups are quality too... especially after adjusting the height and pole pieces. I actually like the stock "Tone Furnace" pups better than most I've come across. Big question is...Are the on shore PRS guitars really that much better than the imports? What am I missing here that can justify dropping 3g's on a core? I've seen some versus videos on youtube and the differences seem very small in terms of sound quality.