Hello, all, first thread. Been thinking about some SE model projects, maybe getting 2-3 of them over the next year or 2 and swapping the pups for Gibson Burstbuckers, DiMarzio Tone Zone/Air Norton, SD Alnico II Pros, stuff like that, just for different pickups that I think sound great. Basically, I want some classic type Les Paul and other rock/metal tones, but I've completely discounted the idea of getting a Gibson guitar with BBs or 490/498 because, well, basically everyone knows their QC leaves a lot to be desired, plus I'd rather PRS get my money for a maple-cap 22-fretter. Their headstocks alone are worth getting them over Gibson or Epiphone. I have a 2004 McCarty, but I've never even played an SE model, so idk how they compare or contrast, so I was hoping for some input. My main questions: 1. Do the SE models sound significantly different than the core models, even if you put in the same pickups and electronics? 2. If you swap out the pups, would the SE models' other electronics be fine to leave in, or would it also be a good idea to upgrade some or all of those? 3. Do most mahogany back and neck, maple capped guitars pretty much sound the same, if all electronics are equal? (obviously, every guitar is going to sound slightly different) Recommendations, tips, things to look out for, all constructive comments would be greatly appreciated.