I looked at this guitar for months, frequently put it in my cart, but I finally ordered. This is a great guitar. The only set up change that I made was to lower the bridge; the neck and intonation were spot on when it arrived. It plays very well, love the Seymour Duncan pickups which are very clear, takes pedals well, and offers a wide variety of tones; great sustain and resonance. The weight is very comfortable and a couple of pounds lighter than a Les Paul, the neck is very comfortable - everything is great. I have the Iced Tea Burst which is darker and more brown than the pictures with very little amber color; it looks great but darker than the picture. I have a couple of Gibson Les Pauls and this is not a LP copy; it's close in some ways but unique in its own right. I have a great older USA Hamer with Seymour Duncan pickups and it reminds me of that too. If I were playing out right now, this Bluesbird, a Strat, and an acoustic would be enough to cover most sets. It comes with a gigbag but does fit (tightly) into a standard rectangular strat case - it does NOT fit into a fitted Les Paul case. The pickguard is in the gigbag pocket; I'm VERY happy that they didn't mount it at the factory; the top is too nice to cover up with a plastic pickguard. I wish more companies did this. I would buy it again. It's a keeper.