I waited for this reissue for years as I couldn't find a decent 70s Artist model in the vintage market. Unfortunately, the Gibson quality control curse hit me when I opened the case and found this beautiful beast of a guitar with a ding that was clearly a kindergarten manufacturing defect. It was so obvious (cynic, more precisely) that even the nice photograph of the axe in the final tuning stages at the factory that the Gibson folks put in with the rest of the case candy showed it! I was about to take this back and return to my search for the 70s model but then thought that this may give character to the instrument + the Sam Ash folks were nice enough to make this their loss and sweeten the deal with some store credit. Thanks to the Las Vegas manager and guitar tech.