After my gibson les paul, I'll have to say my PRS SE still kicks ass. Both are awesome guitars in their own ways. What I like on the SE is how good the stock pickups are right off the bat. The clarity is right there, the sustain is amazing, crisp attack, etc. 4yrs after picking this particular SE from a bunch in the store, I still feel like I'm in that honeymoon phase. Only mods I ever did was change the stock nut and tinkered with the wiring a bit. But I don't think any of those would've changed much of my strong opinion that the SE line are some of the best value guitars you could get out there. What I have is a 2007 SE Santana II, btw.