2008 PRS SC245 with “10 Top”

The Blue Book Says:

PRS SC 245

– single cutaway mahogany body, carved firgured maple top, set mahogany neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, mahogany headstock overlay with Paul Reed Smith logo, SC245 truss rod cover, three-per-style vintage style tuners, PRS stoptail combination bridge/tailpiece, two PRS 245 covered humbucker pickups (treble and bass), four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch on upper bout, chrome hardware, available in various finishes, 24.5 in. scale, hardshell case included, mfg. 2007-09.

Add 12.5% (Last MSR was $530) for bird inlays.
Add 12.5% (Last MSR was $555) for gold hardware.
Add 22.5% (Last MSR was $900) for a 10-top flame.
Add 22.5% (Last MSR was $900) for a 10-top quilt.
Add 35% (Last MSR was $5,020) for Artist package including an Artist grade top, paua shell bird inlays, Brazilian rosewood (2007 only) or Macassar ebony (2008 only) fingerboard and headstock overlay, inlaid paua shell signature, gold hardware, and a leather hardshell case.

I say:

I’ve been dying to try one of these – ever since Gibson got scared enough by PRS  for them to take PRS to court, I’ve wanted to see just what one of these was like!

The construction is everything that you’d expect of PRS – accurate and perfect.

The 10 top quilt top is just beautiful and 3D in the light.

The often maligned 245 pickups ware actually really impressive – there’s a lot of top there, which aids clarity in clean tones, but there’s certainly enough Girth in the sound for more “developed/processed” tones!

The guitar is in near perfect condition, only the lightest of surface scratches, and one tiny dent in the rear pickup cover that I can see.

The rosewood neck and frets are in perfect condition.  All electronics are crackle free and fully functional. The neck pocket has the usual paperwork and keys for the nearly unmarked case.

Will it move me from my “Les Paul – or die” mentality – possibly – but it’s early days…  It’s certainly got all the usual PRS OCD Attention to detail, but I need to get used to the body with all those contour cutaways that make playing it so easy…. 😉