Long story made short: Several months ago the other guitarist in my band ordered a Carvin Carve Top, and I was completely blown away by the quality of the guitar. Not only that, but it had a lot of vibe, which was completely surprising given my experience with other Carvin models I have seen/played. I decided I was going to order one for myself, when I found this '63 for a price I COULD NOT pass up, hence the Carvin idea was put on hold for a while. Recently I found myself in the position (need/want) to buy another guitar, and I had completely forgotten about my earlier plans to order a Carvin. I was looking all over at PRS CEs, ESPs, USA Jacksons, middle-tier Gibsons, until I was reminded of what I really needed by THIS LADY: She'll be here in couple of (LONG) weeks, but I suspect she's worth the wait. By the way, am I going to run into any trouble changing out the pickups for aftermarket ones? I've heard that the pickup rings will need changed, but is there anything else I should be concerned about?