I need some help guitarists of BT. For years now the only guitars I've owned are my trusty original Squier Strat and a ~£150 Washburn Dan Donegan signature. I love the strat to bits, the Washburn was bought mainly for cheap access to humbuckers and can be a bit of a dose, very squeely and not all that nice to play really, it doesn't get out much these days. Anyway, I joined a band about a year and a half ago and since I've been mostly playing borrowed guitars as neither of mine hold up all that well under live conditions. I haven't been 100% happy with either of the ones I've been using though and as we're about to start recording some new demos I'm feeling the need to finally get myself a new guitar. I have an awesome amp and plenty of tasty effects, I've just never got round to spending the money on a good guitar. My current live mainstay is our singers Mexican Jaguar. Lovely guitar, beautiful tone and immensely playable but the electronics are damn annoying. A couple of times on stage I've hit one of the switches with a stray pick and killed the output dead. Perhaps there's a way to make this not happen, but I've not had the quality time to really get to know it. However, the recent line of Blacktop Jags have done away with all this, same playability and tone with none of the hassle. Add to that a friendly Fender rep who can (hopefully) let me have one at a third off, all good. My other option is a PRS Tremonti SE. This one is a little trickier. No-one in NI stocks PRS, apparently PRS won't sell few enough at once for it to be worth the risk for the few retailers we have here. So I've never picked one up. I'm pretty sure it would be perfectly playable being a PRS after all, and I've watched plenty of Youtube reviews etc so I know it can sound good but still, never touched one. My only real option is to buy one online, probably from the states as they seem to be available for a third the price in America, even counting for postage it's still lots cheaper than from mainland UK. My want for one is based mainly on me having always wanted a PRS, since the first time I saw Marcos in the Alive video, right around the time I started playing. I've liked a lot of bands that use them, Alter Bridge being possibly the most epic use I'm aware of. It seems to have a beefier tone than the Jag too which I like. Also the Tremonti is damn sexy: So, my choices are; a guitar I know I enjoy playing - or one I really really want. Maybe this is just a stupid question in the first place... I just wish someone here sold PRS stuff, then it probably wouldn't even be an issue. I bought a Fender Toronado (another lovely guitar, damn shame it was discontinued) on behalf of a friend on the bay once, worked out just fine, I'd just worry slightly about it coming from America. I know I know, I could just buy it from the UK but I'd pay around £150 extra, I'm too broke for that kind of extravagance So I guess what I'm looking for is anyone who's bought a guitar without having played it beforehand, or anyone who lives here and owns a Tremonti... Or just general advice. I'm pretty sure I'd be happy with either, but if I bought a Tremonti (providing all was well with it) I know I wouldn't worry about not owning a Jag, whereas if I go Jag, I reckon I'll still feel that need for a PRS... Also, not that it counts for anything, but when I mentioned to the other guitarist in the band that I was thinking of getting a Jag he said he always saw me as a PRS style player. That's quite the wall of writing...but this is gonna be a pretty major decision I guess, whatever I buy now will be my guitar for a pretty long time, I don't have the spare cash to get a new guitar every year or two (unless something awesome happens on the job front) so this one needs to count. I'm pretty sure it's gotta be one of the afore mentioned two so kindly try to refrain from suggesting more to look at, I know it'll be hard TL;DR Better the guitar I know, but don't love deep in my heart, or the unknown temptress from lands afar?