I've got this EJ-200 at home right now. Big, loud, fun...those are probably the best words I can think of to describe it. I do have some complaints though, which will hopefully make answering my question a little easier. 1. The jumbo size. I like the tighter waist, especially when sitting down with it, but it is just a tank. I'm not a small guy, but the angle my strumming arm takes to get over the body is just awkward, and tires easily. 2. Unrefined sound. I know this is a little nebulous, but it seems like the guitar is just all-go-no-quit-pedal-to-the-metal. That really big round sound is great when you want it, but it feels awfully excitable and unruly. 3. The pickup system. It sounded great, when it worked. Now I have an LR Baggs M80 in there, which is nice if not requiring more work from me to get it to sound how I want it. That being said, the M80 is heavy, and is sitting in a heavy guitar. What I am looking for is something that can get LOUD when I want it to, but retain that refined character at all times. A cutaway would be nice, or at least have easy access up to the 16th fret or so. This guitar will be used for both live work and recording, so the electronics (or lack of if I can install the M80 easily enough) DO matter. Last requirement is something that looks simple and elegant. The EJ is a little outside my wheelhouse in that I like stuff that is striking but simple at the same time. Let's say max upper end budget is $1500 CAD.