With the two guitars side by side, I'm pretty sure I'd be picking the PRS over the Gibson. I'm not married to just one tone and given that pup changes are so easy, I'll take a core PRS over even an upscale Gibson of similar characteristics on build quality alone. I'm not a great player, but that doesn't mean I do don't know the differences in materials and workmanship. People have preferences. That's fine. If you are expecting a flame war because you prefer something else, I think you're going to be disappointed. As for the success/failure of any given PRS build/marketing decision, I suggest hindsight will be more informative than dire foresight.