Years ago when I finally had enough expendable income to buy a "nice' guitar, I tried PRS and they did nothing for me...ended up with a used DSY S540!...and a string of many more Ibanez followed. Have had my share of nice ones: Prestige, J-Custom, TX Prestiges, JPM, RG, S...
A year or so back I stumbled (by trade) into a well-worn CE-24...almost a relic, partly sanded neck, but beautiful top...great "played-in" feel. Still have pics of when I got it...still gritty, but cleaned it up since:
Still feel a little guilty...I have a little over $400 invested.
Thought I'd flip it right away, but it has gradually become my fav. My local buddies have let me borrow their McCarty & CU22 (I'm in a position to buy any of the above, was jones'in after an IRW), but the CE really does it for me...now I have a CE-22 on the way. It's been a gradual transition, but I find myself not playing my Ibanez guitars much at all any more (just sold the JPM 90th). Still have my RG-3VV, RGPR-1, and S2540, but I'm finding PRS a very sweet machine. As far as price, I've paid less for each of my PRS than any of the Ibanez I still have, and I think I acquired them at reasonable prices as well.
Tastes change...I also find myself eating less sugar in my old age as well.
PS - I realize I've committed Jemsite heresy with this post.