I couldn't resist, I sprang for a hamer monaco elite in gloss black from willcutts. This thing is fantastic. Inlays are clean and classy, finish is smooth and glossy, the binding is flawless (no bleed!). Plus the setup out of the case is dead on- straight neck, low action with no buzz, intonation is right on. The tone with the duncans is rich and smooth. I am totally jazzed with this guitar. It really gets the LP type tones but has better hardware and fit and finish than any LP's I have picked up. More affordable as well. I cannot think of a single negative with this thing, it just plays effortlessly, stays in tune, sounds fat and looks fantastic. I was 100% comfy with it as soon as I picked it up.