First pics before I get run off the forum.... Siblings: Again,special thanks to @manco53 for pointing this one out. Got it from Guitar Center Used, although I am not sure how much use it ever got. The serial number puts the Born on Date at February 2004, and it looks nothing like a 11 year old guitar. No nicks, scratches, dings or dents. I am tempted to pop the pickups out when I do a string change just to see if they are the originals, because there is zero tarnish on them whatsover. On to the specs: Book-matched African Mahogany body Book-matched flame maple top Non-chambered Neck: 1-piece set mahogany neck with dovetail neckjoint Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays Tombstone headstock with gold "Les Paul" script 2-ply truss rod cover with "Elitist" engraving Bone nut 24.75" scale 1.68" nut width Binding: Single-ply body & neck Electronics: USA 50SR & 60ST pickups 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls 3-way selector switch No fancy shmancy push pull, boost, circuit board bullshit. Hardware: Nickel hardware Die-cast Grover tuners, Non robotic. Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece Raised white pickguard Gold speed knobs Weight--8 lbs, 15oz Neck Profile-- Towards the 60's end of the 50's to 60's spectrum. I haven't got a chance to really really crank it yet, hopefully when the kids get done napping I will get a chance. Played it through the Kemper quite a bit, but not at a significant enough volume to weigh in on the pickups. They made these from 2002 to 2008, if you can find one you at least owe to yourself to try one out. You won't be disappointed. The Japanese really have their stuff together when it comes to making quality guitars. This is right up there with the Edwards as far as quality is concerned(it's just prettier). This one blows my LP Standard out of the water quality and looks wise. I would be pretty sick to my stomach if I had've paid full retail for the Standard. The LP studio deluxe 2 also has a few nagging quality issues compared to this one as well. This guitar, the Elitist 335and the Edwards are 3 of the nicest guitars that I have owned or laid my hands on. If you have or have had your doubts about Japanese made guitars....DON'T.