I'm expecting a big tax bill next week, which will force me to thin out the collection. I expect to sell a Les Paul and Brian Moore and was looking for something that has a nice humbucking sound and more. I read an interesting review in the current issue of Guitar World of the Framus Panthera Studio Custom and was intrigued. Saw little here and elsewhere on the web, but did find a playing review on my space (http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=8204451), although I couldn't understand the monologue in German. There's also a super German kid schredder posting tunes played on his (http://youtube.com/watch?v=r9w-OqqBugc), and it sounded wonderful. Finally, I happened upon a very good deal on a Studio Pro, which is the same electronically but less glitzy. I decided to take a shot. Haven't played it much, but the features make it a very nice and versitile guitar, the build quality is excellent, and the value was very good. Two splittable SD humbuckers surrounding a SD single coil makes for many tonal possibilities. It also has a neat switch that results in the bridge pickup being wired directly, bypassing volume and tone controls. The result is a very strong and cutting lead tone. The neck p/u doesn't sound as sweet/fat as my LP with Wolftone/Dr. Vintage pups, but I couldn't have expected that. And the single coils don't get as gritty as the Demarzio Vintage Blues pups that are on my strat copy. But again, they sound nice. Some mentioned the thin neck in reviews. Yes, it is thin. Reminds me of the thinner necks on some SGs. These come with a really nice gig bag. In fact its so plush I'm glad it came that way rather than w/ a HSC. Will need a setup and more time with it to make a more informed evaluation, but early returns are positive. Check one out if you're looking for a nice guitar with a lot of sound possibilities for not a heckuva lot of money.