As an owner of 2 Strats - one a standard American Strat made around 2002 with maple neck (not a great guitar tone wise - but I have installed a GK pickup on it, so I don't want to let it go) and the other a 65 reissue Strat with rosewood neck (a really good sounding Strat), I was not sure whether I would be interested in buying a PRS Strat & certainly would not unless I played one. John Mayer is a big buy with big hands and fingers & I am the opposite, so I had concerns about whether this guitar would be playable for me.
Long story short, my buddy after waiting 9 months finally got his and I had a chance to play it and my 65 reissue Strat side by side through a nice tube amp that works well with Strats. I played all 5 positions with only clean setting with EQ knobs on the amp set on about 5 and some reverb in some cases and in other cases with just some delay in place of reverb Here are a few observations.
1. The Silver Star is a high quality instrument - much better made than my 65 reissue Strat
2. I had no issues with the size of the frets on the Silver Star - they are fine
3. The size of the Silver Star was not an issue for my small body when played sitting down.
4. The set up of this Silver Star was great & action not too high or too low. It was gig ready. It felt like I was playing a PRS and not a Fender.
5. Playability at least for me was better than my Strat.
6. I liked that it had the extra fret as compared to the 65 reissue. (If you play "One Of These Nights" by the Eagles, you will know what I mean)
7. The neck was not an issue for my small hands or fingers (at least compared to other Strats)
Tone wise at least to my ears, the sounds of the Silver Star was pretty much that of an an authentic Strat sound in all pick up positions with the possible exception of position 2 (neck & middle pick ups), which I thought may have lacked just a bit of the "quackyness" that I look for when comping in this position. All other positions were spot on.
Overall, tone wise the guitar seemed to have just a bit more "umph" in all positions than my Strat. Maybe this was due to the distance between the pickups and the strings. For sure the action on my 65 Reissue Start was higher than on the Silver Star.
All in all The Silver Star is a great, well made guitar & I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Strat like guitar. And the price for this is reasonable.
Personally, I am on the fence & my wife has asked me why I need "3 Strats", so may have to sell one first....