I'm primarily a bass player and have only owned an acoustic guitar for the past few years, but I wanted to get back into playing a bit of electric. I compared this against a wide range of other guitars and chose it mostly because of the simplicity and versatility of the electronics. It has a 5-way selector switch that drastically changes the tone from an almost acoustic-sounding bassy tone to a punk-friendly crunchy/squawky sound and everything in between. This makes it perfect to dial in a good tone for any song. The guitar is very lightweight. It has sort of a rough "semi-finished" finish - I would prefer a glossier body that stands up better to close visual inspection, but it looks good from a distance and I love the sound and the price tag.