The 7.25 is not a deal breaker for the SS, as long as they can get people to try them. I was staunchly against 7.25” guitars. I said for years that they were a bad, outdated design, that could not be made to play properly. This is after having owned 7.25 guitars that cost much more than my current SS..
That prototype SS image was floated around the internet a year or two ago. Maybe they are closer now.
Cort makes their current SE models in Indonesia. Except the semi-hollow Zach model I think is MIC.
"World Musical Instruments" in Korea made the SE models before (same factory that makes ESP/LTD, Chapman, Schecter, and some others - and some of those moved to MII now too).
They need to sell a maple fretboard version. Mayer proclaims he's an environmentalist but put imported exotic lumber on the fretboards of the first SSs, eventually they released a maple option to take the sting off. The SE version of the SS should really be just maple. A non-reversed headstock would be good for the brand and keep the guitar generic enough players who don't like Mayer will buy it. And just 9.5 radius to keep common with players and factory processes for lower costs. The 7.5 radius will turn out to be as much a fad as 7/8/9 string guitars and fretless guitars -- cool to experiment with or get on your second or third guitar but not your main one. We'll see what they do.
Perhaps Winter Namm will unveil it?