I had always considered them overpriced and had played em at stores for 10 minutes at a time and thought they were good but too expensive. Then i met a guy who i started jamming with and he let me use his Stripped 58 at a session and i realized how great they were, but i still thought they cost too much. I was about to buy an EBMM Petrucci, and so he brought over his McCarty Korina with the trem and first year 57/08's. I played that for about a half an hour and was online looking for used PRSi that night. Ended up buying an SE which was cool, but i was not satisfied. A month after that i got my Custom 24, and maybe 10 months after, my SC245.Now they dont seem overpriced at all, they are still expensive to me, but worth every penny.