So here's my new PRS 408.https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10203359850745495&set=a.10200263748064863.2201598.1488011691&type=1&theater
I couldn't wait any longer and decided to pull the trigger with a model that was on sale on Thomann. Originally I had planned to go for an Orange Tiger burst but when I saw the faded Blue Burst on their site, I was sold. It's a 10 top and it's just marvellous.
It's got a Pattern neck and on the Thomann site it said it was Mahogany. When it arrived, I was a bit worried because the neck was a natural dark brown and unfinished, so it is most certainly rosewood. Not sure if this is a good thing. Well, Thomann have a 30-day return policy, so let's wait and see, I thought.
408 stand for 4 coils and 8 different tones. There are two small toggle switches which split each humbucker, so you can have 8 different tonal combinations. In single coil mode there is no volume loss at all and with the neck single coil I can dial in a really convincing Tele tone.
When played unplugged the guitar already has a big resonating tone - always a good thing, right?
Plugged in, I was surprised how bright it sounds (well, compared to my Les Paul) on the bridge humbucker, but I lowered the presence on my Jubilee and of course played with the guitar's tone knob. And there it is: a glorious humbucker bridge tone, perfect for leads. Bright yes, but never fizzy and with a lot of bite. Snappy and yet full of harmonics that cuts through very well in a band setting even with a loud drummer. The neck pickup does exactly what PRS says it does. No problem dialing in a convincing Les Paul neck tone but without any woofiness. Kick in a Tubescreamer into an crunchy amp, play with the tone knob and there's your Still got the Blues tone.
The volume and tone pots are out of this world. I've never seen anything working so perfectly. The volume knob is placed closer to the pickups than the neck volume knob on a Les Paul. So it's really easy to produce those violin volume swells, now possible on both bridge and neck pickup. In addition the knobs can be turned so effortlessly, it's a child's play.
I still do wonder what the guitar would sound like with a Mahogany neck but there's no way I'd return this one. Everything just fits perfectly - the neck size and the ergonomics of the body just fit like a hand in glove. It makes the playing so much easier. In fact, once you pick the guitar up, you don't want to put it down.