This is a tough, elegant, well designed and crafted all-around electric guitar for around $500. It plays like the first Gretsch I picked up in '68, but it's light and compact and sits real nice with the body. The Bigsby and the Grovers are still the best hardware of their kinds and the humbuckers provide a broad tonal palette. A big feature for me is the neck shape and the relative breadth of the fingerboard, which makes my classically-inclined left hand feel at home. Also the light weight, six pounds ten ounces, is easy on the lumbars.