Recently I have been shopping for a new guitar. I was originally looking for a guitar to set-up solely for slide. I got some great ideas from here on which models to look at, but ultimately my "thing" for semi-hollow bodies has got me. Not being able to justify a 335(maybe one day when I grow up!) I was looking at epi DOTs. I also have a thing for gretsch so I was looking at them as well. Then I came across the AS73B. IMHO the flat black finish is just too cool! And for 275-350, it is hard to pass up. I can't help but wonder how it would look with some covered "chrome" pick-ups, and maybe even a bigsby. Sorry, got a little carried away.....so to get back to the point, has anyone played one or seen one up close? I can't find one around here to look at and play. I am dying to check one out.