Re: Educate me on the S2170SE
I owned a S2170FW with a wonderful burl poplar top.
The guitar had surprisingly nice fretwork and wood compositions. I recall that mine had a very resonant acoustic tone and was nice to play.
The neck is a Wizard II but of the slightly beefier kind, Its comfy but put a lot of people off who are used to thinner Wizard necks, but thats personal preference. Overall the guitar is like a more "massive" original Saber and not exacty a contemporary copy of the original S540.
The pickups are also pretty descent, especially the neck pickup. Its a rather medium output kinda deal.
The fretboard has a 400mm radius while the trem is 430mm. Shims can adjust the radius though, but its more difficult to set up for ridiculously low action compared to older S models.
The trem ia fun, its very spongy and responsive, easy to maintain and sturdy. There are some issues with the trem arm holder, there is a little bushing that frequently tilted and made fixing the arm inefficient. But its an easy fix.
Some 2170 come with a first version of the ZR trem cavity backplate. What can happen if you set the action low is that the sustain/spring attachement block or the trem springs themselves slightly scrape on the plate from the inside. Makes a weird noise and gives tremolo resistance. I had ordered the newer version of the backplate which has a bigger cut window in the back that gives more clearance for the springs and the block. So thats an easy fix.
So overall an ok guitar. The key issues are that despite it being a decent guitar, its not quite a Prestige. The Made in Korea thing might play into this, but for example the back of the neck finish is not on par with regular Prestiges. Sure it comes with the fancy case, but overall I just feel the they are way overpriced for what the S2170ies are.
Dont pay more than 800 bucks for it even new, they go used fairly cheaply. The swirl ebony is enticing, sure, but its just a fancy veneer. You can get much more guitar for that money when you go used. I sold mine and got a '93 S540 for 500 bucks.