The darker-sounding mahogany construction no doubt helps to attenuate the Soapbar’s naturally zingy top-end resonance, with the bridge pickup offering a sumptuous mid-range that gives a rich and ballsy crunch tone, the soapbar letting through just enough of the sparkling highs.
The neck pickup is similarly fat and juicy with a deep and accurate sound ideal for soft jazz inversions and is perfectly suited to angular blues chords. Single-coil hum is reasonable here; moving around tames any significant buzzes - easy to live with unless you’re OCD about that kind of thing.
Bridge pickup demo:
Pros: Unrivalled build quality; feel and tone; smart padded gigbag.
Verdict: This is one of the coolest PRS guitars and coupled with the price, build, sound quality and a gigbag, it’s a very alluring package.