1 JimmyR 1 year ago An old friend came around a couple of days ago with his amp for me to look at for him. He brought his latest guitar, which I think is a PRS Studio. It's black with a maple neck, has a swamp ash body ( you can actually just make out the grain through the black finish which surprised me with a PRS) and has a 57/08 covered HB in the bridge and two "narrowfield" pickups as well. So I guess they're going for a Fender kinda sorta sound.My friend plays with rather more dirt than I do and loves the guitar. Thing is, even with a lot of gain it just felt and sounded really hard to me. It has a lot of tonal options, including a split coil or something on the bridge pickup, but I just couldn't find a sound I liked. I'm not generally a PRS basher - I have had a couple of PRS in my time which sounded pretty good and felt good too. I liked the McCarty Soapbar a lot - until I found a Gibson '54 RI which made it sound tame.I'm used to guitars working with me and letting me work the sound with my fingers. This PRS felt like it didn't matter what I did it was going to sound harsh and brash. Maybe the low action stopped me from digging in... I dunno.But afterwards it sure felt good to pick up my own guitar again. I can't remember the last time I played a guitar I could connect with less! It was surprising to me just how unpleasant I found playing this PRS. It's not a cheap guitar, but the neck felt cheap. Well made but somehow it felt cheap.The whole thing was very strange. I guess that's why I play what I do, and not a PRS. Of course I made lots of "MMMmmm" sounds for my friend - it's not my place to make him feel bad about a guitar he loves. I can't remember playing a worse (for me) guitar. Weird.