Okay, so I've hesitated to tell you all about this guitar so I could develop my own opinion and get a real feel for it. The first thing that I noticed when I unwrapped it was the amazing playability. I really noticed how fast, smooth and easy my left hand was (although, I did have to adjust the action, brand new git and all). It was also more evident how bad my right hand technique is. Man, do I need more practice. This is definitely the perfect bassist's guitar. One pickup, one knob. Nothing too complicated (we aren't that bright). I've only run it through my home studio, so no time spent in front of an actual tube driven stack. With that said, I've been able to dial in some tones I'm fairly happy with and also some that I've been disgusted with. I like to test both the good and the bad. It took a lot to get the really miserable sound. The DI tone (recorded straight from the M-Audio ProjectMix I/O interface) is a significant upgrade over my other guitar (6-string, LTD V250, thx Audiophile) and the others that get recorded here (LTD EX-400, LTD EC-1000 w/ Duncans...). And, most important , is the looks. The paint job is excellent. Solid black, and I couldn't notice any blemishes. The ebony fretboard is one of the best I've seen. It is better than the fretboard on my LTD B500, which is better than the board on Kazrog's F2005 (although he has a better inlay). The black chrome hardware really compliments the paint color better than any I've seen in shops. The reverse "knife-blade" headstock is just bad-ass. It is very disconcerting to be playing with that in front of me, but it looks absurdly cool from any perspective. I actually feel like a metal musician (of course, I do with an ESP "V", and "F" and a "B" body shape, but hey, I also own a J-bass and an Ibby Soundgear bass). I can't wait to take it up to Kazrog's place and plug it into the 6505+ and HD147 and see what it sounds like loud. We'll let you know. In the meantime, you close southern Cal guys (I know DSS3 is one) if you want to give it a spin, let me know and we can try to work it out. I'm all for helping us all learn. Cheers, Richard EDIT: Sorry for the long post.