Why didn't anybody tell me these PRS guitars were so good? I had heard rumors, but all I could get my hands on were SE models. while the SE's were great, they weren't good enough to make me turn away from my long loved USA Fender Telecasters. I still love teles, but I'm in full fledged PRS mode now. I went to my local GC last night for strings. While I was there, I looked around for something to mess wtih. I found a total of two PRS guitars. Both were about 3500.00 McCarty's. I decided to plug in the prettier one with ebony fretboard and abalone inlays. HOLY POOP!!! This was by far the BEST guitar I've ever held or played. The coil tapping was really good, unlike other brands I've tried with tapping. The neck was sweet! I've always felt that the SE necks and finishes felt really plastic like, and this one was just amazing! When I put it back, I noticed a $5500.00 Custom Shop Merle Haggard tele hanging right next to it. I picked it up and checked it out. Didn't even plug it in! It felt simply 'ok' next to the PRS and I had no desire to play it. Beautiful tele, but it felt (to me) like a Squier Classic Vibe. Didn't feel as nice as my USA Standard Tele or Brad Paisley tele. I am buying a new guitar in July (reward from the wife for painting hte inside of our house), but she's only given me a budget of $1500 to spend. I'd love a USA PRS...she prefers singlecuts to the doubles.... What would you suggest for getting the best PRS I could afford?