« Just, awesome »Published on 08/31/11 at 11:00
This particular guitar features all mahogany construction with a figured maple top (it's also available in solid colours like gold) a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, the option of moon or bird inlays, locking tuners, a PRS designed wraparound bridge/tailpiece, and a pair of PRS SC245 humbuckers. It also offers a 24.75 scale length to go that extra mile. It's loaded with the same control layout as an LP (two volume, two tone, and a 3 way selector switch). Very cool.
The design of this guitar is fairly ergonomic considering that it's a mahogany guitar built in the general Gibson tradition. The weight is reasonably light, and the guitar sits well on the body. The neck heel is sculpted differently than a Gibson Les Paul and this allows for greater upper fret access in my opinion. The singlecut shape isn't the greatest guitar for flying on, but the PRS doesn't make things difficult by any means - it's quite easy to play on.
Getting a good tone out of this guitar is pretty easy. PRS guitars have always been known for their wonderfully pure tones, and this one is no exception. They're well crafted and have a great unplugged sound, and the pickups are a great match for the guitar, providing a great range of tones from clean to high octane.
I've tried this guitar through various different amplifiers and have been fairly impressed each time. The PRS pickups in this guitar are very nice and articulate, and it definitely sounds wonderful for a whole host of styles. The clean sounds have a nice low end to them that works very well for jazz/blues styles. The bridge pickup has enough bite to approximate country tones, and using the center position offers a nice spanky funk tone as well.
The distorted side of things are fun too. This guitar has a wonderful complex tone with a lot of killer harmonics lurking inside. Heavy rhythms are just awesome with this guitar, and it sings for fusiony lead work too. Though the pickups have a vintage tint to them, they work well for high gain applications and sound good in a variety of contexts.
All in all I think the PRS SC245 is a great guitar that is an excellent alternative to the Gibson Les Paul. The craftsmanship is excellent, the feel is there, and the tones are wonderful. They were about $2,000 new when they were made (PRS recently discontinued them) but if you look to a dealer or eBay you can find a nice one for a reasonable price no doubt. Definitely give one a whirl!