I'm super impressed with this guitar. ESP is really living up to the hype with this E-II Eclipse. The sparkle is absolutely outrageous in person. The gloss finish is really nice, I'm not sure what they use but it's high qualitative for sure. The guitar is the most comfortable LP style guitar out there in my opinion. The thin body and belly carve just make it sit up against your body very nicely. The neck is shape is fantastic as well. I'm not sure what to compare it to, but it still has some meat to it, plenty to grab onto but is still fast feeling. It feels great to play blues and rock on, as well as fast metal riffs. The EMG 57/66 set ready impressed me. I've been a passive pickup guy for long time, but I have tried an EMG 81/85 set and SD blackout set in some of my guitars. The 57/66's are really awesome sounding for anything I've thrown at them. These pickups combined with the mahogany body with the maple cap and mahogany neck really just make a massive sound. This guitar is unbelievably huge sounding, while still being incredibly clear. Playing 6 string chords in a drop tuning with high gain, this guitar is so balanced sounding and articulate. You can hear everything coming through evenly. I couldn't believe it when I first heard it. ESP actually is now including the 57/66 TW pickups with this guitar, which is the coil tap version. This change hasn't been listed anywhere online. I found a forum on ESP's website about it and it has been confirmed by ESP. It's a nice free upgrade and the coil tap sounds killer on both pickups. It just makes this guitar even more versatile. Finally, the factory setup of the guitar is stellar. I haven't had to change anything on it, I'm just rolling with with the stock setup and sticking with 10-46 like the guitar comes with. A really outstanding job by ESP. You won't be disappointed by the look, feel, and sound of an E-II Eclipse. A truly remarkable instrument for the price.