Hey everyone, First time posting in The Gear Page, so go easy on me! I just picked up two sweet guitars built my good friend and Master Luthier, Mike Ponce. You probably know Mike from his days at Fender, Rick, and most recent, Suhr Guitars. Mike has finally taken the leap and started his own guitar business building classic electrics (something I've been waiting for since he spec'd out a Suhr Modern for me a couple of years ago). I bought one in black with three single coils, and another in Lake Placid Blue with two singles and a humbucker. I seriously haven't stopped playing both of them for three weeks straight! They are relatively light (around 7.5 lbs), have tone "for days", and the necks are fast with just the right amount of meat (I don't like skinny necks). Mike builds the guitars solo from the ground up, to include wood selection (two piece alder body with maple neck and Indian rosewood fret board), pickups of his own design, and the superb relic (body, neck, and hardware). The thin nitro finish is perfect and gives it a classic look as well as big tone. I don't know how he does it, but these guitars are the loudest I've ever played without amplification. Oh, and before I forget...check out the pic of the Gotoh vintage locking tuners, which Mike surprised me with! Didn't even know anyone made vintage locking. Also, I forgot to mention the lead time...Mike had both of mine done in less than two months, start to finish! Where else can you get a fully custom guitar, made by a legendary builder, without having to wait an entire year! Enjoy the photos! If you're interested in knowing more details (colors, setups, pricing, etc), email Mike at PonceGuitars.com.