I may have missed something cause I didn’t read the whole thread. I guess the point I’d like to make for Mr. Paul Reed Smith is he succeeded in combining a Les Paul and a Strat into one functional guitar. The double cutaway of a Strat married to the fat arched maple over mahogany topped butt of a Les Paul. The 5 way switch with 2 LP, 2 Strat and 1 Tele sound is pretty damn handy on stage. I drove a Custom 22 for a while. Oh heck you even get a whammy bar that stays in tune on top of a guitar that plays flawlessly. Remember Gibson was pooping the bed for many years and PRS was pushing quality instruments. Now I’m not a fan of the Silversky cause it is a Strat ripoff. I don’t think it helped PRS’s image as much as he thought it would. So to reiterate PRS gets big points for successfully creating a LP/Strat guitar that people actually buy.