Full review coming later, but this is easily the most beautiful guitar I've ever owned... EVERYTHING I've ever wanted in a guitar, nothing I didn't. I could not be ANY happier with this... A MASSIVE shoutout to Dave's Woodstock Music for making my dream guitar come true! Dave, you're a trooper and you are incredibly patient with your crazy customers (me included). UPDATED 2/23/15 (full review): I've had about 7-8 total playing hours with this looker so far, so I'm ready to review it... I've honestly wanted a guitar like this for 6-7 years now. But when I saw that metal flake finishes usually cost about $250-$300 more (depending on where you got them from) than standard finishes, I had to keep passing. I finally got to the point where I had made enough from playing a few separate gigs last November to sell a guitar (a separate G&L ASAT Special; tobacco sunburst... meh) and throw in about $1,200 of my own cash to get the guitar of my dreams. Birdseye maple (w/ vintage tint gloss finish), Bigsby, semi-hollow, f-hole, locking tuners... I spared no expense. Everything I wanted on a guitar, I got with this one. So at first glance, I was absolutely stunned - it was perfect. When I picked it up out of the case, the first thing I noticed was how heavy it was - certainly not the lightest guitar I own. My Les Paul and Legacy each weigh right around 8 lbs, and I'm willing to bet this ASAT Special weighs closer to 9-9.5 lbs. I fully expected, because it's a semi-hollow, to be significantly lighter, but it's not THAT hollowed out; I mean... the inside is basically 1 big cavity, but only in a few places. I'd wager that only 50% of the guitar (including pickup and control cavities) are actually hollow, so yes... it's indeed a semi-hollow. Normally, a heavier guitar would be a slight letdown, but this weight feels just about perfect. I had the guitar strapped to my back/shoulder for about 4 hours yesterday morning and never once did it bother my back or shoulder. I'm sure the Bigsby system adds a decent amount of weight to the guitar, and G&L is notoriously on the heavy side with their Ash bodies, so it actually makes sense at it's current weight. The playability on this thing is 2nd to none. I have the exact same neck (#1 G&L neck - my favorite) on my Legacy, and it plays beautifully as well... but I honestly think I like the neck on this ASAT slightly better. Yes, the ASAT has a vintage gloss finish (the Legacy is satin), but it actually feels slightly rounder than the Legacy. I wasn't sure if I'd like the gloss finish in my hand, but it's as smooth as glass, and doesn't get sticky like my Les Paul gloss neck (I've got sweaty/acidic hands). It's the perfect neck for me. Bigsby. I've never owned a guitar with a Bigsby on it, but yes... I've always wanted one. I'm not sure what it is, but every time I've seen someone play a Bigsby-equipped axe, they always have this very warm, gorgeous tone on the bends. A lot of my favorite guitarists just happen to use Bigsby's, so that's naturally a tone I've been chasing. I couldn't figure it out, and I still can't - I've gotten close with my Legacy's 2-point floating trem system, but I felt I was still missing that warmth. It couldn't POSSIBLY be from a Bigsby, could it? Well... it could. I still can't explain why it adds this incredible warmth, but it just does. That tone I was chasing in my head is there at my fingertips now. And the best part? I haven't had ANY tuning instability issues so far. Granted, the Bigsby doesn't dive bomb NEAR as much as a Floyd or the G&L 2 point system would, but still, I've heard of a lot of tuning instability issues for people with Bigsby's, and I haven't encountered any of that so far - returns to tune perfectly, every time - I do have Schaller locking tuners, so maybe that helps a bit too. I love that it's a subtle vibrato effect and not a massive detune that you get with most other vibrato systems; maybe that's where that warmth comes from. The MFD pickups are my favorite pickups in a tele-style guitar. SO. MUCH. BITE!!! This guitar cuts through like a hot knife through hot butter - perfect for lead. But the thing I think that gets overlooked with these pickups is their capability for warmth. Again, the semi-hollow body and the nature of the Bigsby help out with that warmth, but the pickups are more than capable of providing warmth on their own; certainly not ice-picky by any means. Resonance. This guitar has it for DAYS.... again... I've never owned a semi-hollow guitar before. Yes, I've owned chambered/weight relieved/etc... but this semi-hollow body and the f-hole really bring out the resonance (I'm not actually sure if the f-hole has any real effect on the sound, but it's purdy. ). This is just an incredibly resonant guitar that can only be rivaled by my Les Paul in that category. And it's got plenty of sustain too - not as much as my Les Paul, but plenty, nonetheless. Yesterday this guitar just blew my mind with how well it cut through and fit in the mix, all at the same time. That about sums it up. It's the perfect guitar for me, and I couldn't be happier. The weight was definitely a surprise, but it's definitely not too heavy for me.