Sorry but I have to agree with @guitarface - don't obsess over trying to categorize a particular guitar model/guitar brand. You can play anything on anything; is it the best choice? Maybe, maybe not. But don't limit yourself.
At any rate - PRS has never made a T-style guitar. They never made a "pure" S-style until the Mayer Silver Sky - which is Mayer's "optimized" early-60s Strat. They have had other somewhat Stratty guitars over the decades, going back to the first EG series in the early 1990s. But they were putting more of their "spin" on it - 25" scale length necks on the EGs, for the most part not traditional Fender single coils (the first-series EGs did come with SSS and HSS configurations); decades later there was a set-neck EG with 3 single coils in the SE series. They have had the 305 - a set neck, carved top 3 proprietary single coils with a 25.5" scale neck, they had the DC3/NF3 with a 25.15" scale (DC3 had the 3 single coils and the NF3 had Narrowfield minibuckers and a few others along the way before the Silver Sky became a big hit.
But PRS was trying for a guitar that had elements of Gibsons and Fenders but had its own sound - so you can create what you want with them.
If you played this guitar guaranteed you would buy it! When you hit a chord the entire guitar vibrates and sustains. Best I've ever had!The birds are another issue! They're more like "random fret confusers" than "fret markers". Messes with my brain. No birds. Just more "look at me" ornamentation.
They are known for being incredible quality guitars built by people who actually play guitars (Core models), and for making people insult them and their owners. Oh and the look pretty sweet too.
My current three PRS guitars.
the original prs "classic electric" model was a solid alder body with a bolt on rock maple neck/rosewood board with just a few options of solid paint coors and dot markers.
First off, this is not to bash anyone's choice in guitars, but...
I have not played the entire PRS lineup. The PRS guitars I have played seem to be good quality, and well made. I just never got the warm and fuzzies about one.
There's another angle to the original post, at least in my mind. It sounds like another of the "can I play '80s music on a '50s strat", or something along those lines. You can play Metallica on a tuba. You can play Blue Oyster Cult on a zither. Certainly within the realm of electric guitar music, any music that you can play on one type of electric guitar, you can play on another type of electric guitar. I have heard really interesting, grindy overdriving sounds out of guitars with the gold foil pickups. The only thing holding most of us back...is us.
Have fun, play guitar.
Same with me. Something about the sound that doesn’t jive with me.The ones I've played all left me a little cold. Which means nothing. And I have no doubt that a competent player can play any style of music on a PRS effectively...they're used in almost all major genres, based on what I've seen.
Telecaster-type.What is a t-type guitar?
When I hear PRS, I think of immaculately built guitars. But I also think of kinda over-the-top glam guitars. Not all of them, but many.
PRS pickups can leave me wanting, though. My one PRS now has Seth Lovers, and it's great.
I would also love to have an S2 Vela semi-hollow 22-fret satin neck.
Im.not disagreeing with you about the 'pure' (its a bit subjective ) Strat style thing but the early 90's PRS EG'S are pretty pure strat - certainly moreso than later ones
SSS pickups, alder body, maple bolt on neck etc
I've played two and they are VERY Strat
I just want to clarify something for my own peace of mind...are you now, or have you ever been, a dentist or a stock broker?
And please describe your personal experience with them, and I'm not talking strumming a G Chord in the music store. How about the necks, how do they play for you? I think they're one of the easiest playing guitars I've had the pleasure to own. Like the split coils features also. Fit and finish is immaculate, and just a great all around guitar to play. Natural sustain doesn't sound compressed in anyway, and it's very friendly with pedals.mostly, they are known for being way over priced, but Paul raps his knuckles on a piece of wood and people come running with their money in hand.