Re: New guitar day...
Mine is a SL2H, prices are close though.
About $1400 for a solid color USA Select. Around $1800 for graphics like the ghost flame. Matt's music is a good place (banner above).
I paid alot more than that. Mine is a Custom Shop guitar special ordered by Fuller's Vintage guitars. That being said, even the USA selects are assembled by the Custom Shop.
Mine is near perfect. I've seen "issues" with some the USA select, then again, I'm pretty picky.
$1400 bucks for a guitar with MOP inlays, Real Floyd, Real SD pups, Ebony fretboard, CTS switches and pots, quarter sawn maple neck through, etc. is pretty fantastic IMHO.
Oh, I prefer non painted necks....but I'm not really having any issues with the painted neck on this guitar.
..And I know why you say that, once I played one of these....I had to have one.
Hope that helps.