The more guitars that I have played, the more I realize that there are very few that I would classify as truly "great". I have played a lot of "good" guitars, but only 2 come to mind as the cream of the crop that I would put up against anything: - Very early Fender Custom Shop '54 strat. Rang like a bell with sweet sustain. - Chapin Rustic Hawk - 24" scale w/hand carved blackwood bridge and Harmonic Design VP90s. Brian May meets BB King. Jaw dropping array of tones.