So, I don't usually write reviews, however, this guitar being fairly unknown and rare within the guitar community. Makes me feel that it is warranted. Recently I was testing out some other gear with a different setup. I was getting a bunch of unwanted noise and it wasn't going well. Just for giggles I picked this thing back up, and it was perfect. Proving again to me, that this thing is an amazing workhorse Sound – I bought mine second hand and have since installed completely different electronics to suit my purposes. One of these was to have a guitar that could easily conjure feedback, which could be controlled equally. It is perfect for this purpose! At rehearsal my drummer thought I was playing a straight acoustic guitar before I turned the amp on. This thing projects. The bass response is full, yet tight for rhythm stuff and the highs aren't too shrill. Playability – The setup I received might be more of a reflection of the previous owner's talents then anything inherent, but it was perfect out of the box. This category is a driving reason for my review. I can't stop playing this thing. I look at other guitars and styles and every time I pick it up, it’s a machine. Does exactly what I need. That being said, I have the older model. It is 17" across and about 3.25" thick. It’s a beast! It doesn't fit in standard or dreadnought cases, it needs a jumbo and with a Bigsby installed, even that will need modification. Since mine is strapped pretty low, I had to move the pickup selector an unused volume slot on the bottom, cos I kept hitting it inadvertently. If you play like a normal person, this probably won't be an issue. People seem to immediately replace the wooden bridge with a Tune-o-matic style. I think that is a "must." Going further I'd suggest cutting those saddles a little deeper if you're a fingerstyle or country player, I've had those come out of the slot a few times live, and the sound is pretty trippy. Frets seems to be medium and neck reminds me of my Gretsch's, so a 60's style C profile perhaps. Pretty standard. Upper fret access is similar to all big jazz box archtops, abysmal. That is to be expected though, just the nature of the beast I'm afraid. Tuners are standard and pretty smooth. I don't feel like I have to do much "searching." Build Quality – Build quality is good and feels standard to others in this mid level range. Went spelunking with my phone down the f-holes and found a very clean build. Poly clear coat doesn't seem too think, obviously doesn't kill any sort of tone, cos this this is resonant as all hell. Weak point might actually be the paint though. There seems to be some weather checking around the neck joint in the "player" side. Could just be mine, but this is a 10yr old instrument that’s literally been all around the world and the dragged around the US. So, if that’s the only weakness, it’s not too bad. Electronics are the generic Chinese fare. That being said, they still held up and before I upgraded them, there was no cracking in the pots or cutting out of the switch or jack. Value – being that this guitar is on par with Gretsch Electromatic line ($600-1400+). Gretsch's White Falcon, offered with a spruce top and clocking in at 17" wide (but 25" scale length) is $3,799.99 An important difference is this guitar has the shorter, standard Gibson-ish 24.75, means this guitar is pretty unique in its configuration and across multiple price points.