Iíve been playing guitar since 94. I started using drop and alternative tunings and Iím a absolute guitar snob. I like to try guitars out first hand rather than make brand based purchases. I try out every quality guitar I can get my hands on and sadly I usually have nothing but complaints. I have been looking for a eight string thatís exactly what Iím looking for regardless of price. My guitarist Rich bought this guitar for me and the charcoal one for himself. Never been more impressed with a guitar especially a eight string. The clean tone is spot on with no undesired distortion in the signal. The distortion tones it gets are everything a guitarist would expect and so much more. The pickups have the versatility For any tone youíre looking for. They let your amp do the work so your notes can shine through properly. The guitar doesnít buzz even though I keep my action super low. The construction and wood speak for themselves loud and crystal clear when you plug into your favorite amp. The body style is familiar but also signature so you feel right at home with it in your hands and donít look like a clichť. Iíve never been happier with a extended range guitar, thank you so very much..