The Variax Standard has quickly become my favorite guitar. The model sounds are fantastic. I'm an owner of a Variax 300 and 700, and the feel, response, dynamics and clarity of the new models is better by a wide margin. It also plays extremely well. Very comfortable neck, and perfect action right out of the box. I haven't really researched it, but the tuners and pickups are not of a notably high quality. I would have preferred a floating tremolo rather than the vintage unit installed, but the guitar actually holds tune fairly well. The sunburst finish was a bit on the darkside for my tastes, but it's fine. For the price, it would be nice if a case was included. Overall, love it, love it, love it. Have touched any of my other guitars in the three weeks that I've had it.