This evening, my friend Matt asked me on Twitter:
@stuherbert PRS strat, yay or nah ?
— Matthew Darcy (@matthew_darcy) March 6, 2018
Well, truth be told: I haven’t played one, and until I do, all I have is an emotional reaction to the announcement.
And my feelings are really mixed.
The pricing was a nice surprise to me. I’m used to PRS charging top dollar for their guitars. In return, you get an amazing musical instrument that’s also often a work of art. Plus this is a signature model.
I was expecting it to be priced around the same as the Custom 24, if not higher. So to see it priced where it is was a really nice surprise. If I was looking for a top-end Strat, it’d make my to-try list on price alone.
The thing I’m not feeling good about is that, in looks at least, it’s a Strat. It’ll have all the little tweaks and improvements that PRS do best, but it’s a Strat. It’s a little too close to being a clone for my comfort.
I don’t know why I’m having this reaction. I grew up playing Strat clones, and I still own one to this day that I’ll never part with. Last month, I was very happily bonding with an Xotic California Classic, and I didn’t have the same reaction then.
It makes no sense, but there it is.