NAMM was getting too crazy, and after almost 3 days, we were ready to see something else. Me and a few buddies made it over to the the American Amp & Custom Guitar Show, and I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Soloway and Doug Kauer. They were both so cool and took the time to show us their gorgeous guitars and explain their approach to designing them. After showing me 6 or 7 of their guitars and letting me play around with them, Jim handed me the Loon, and I was instantly hooked. He let me play around with it for a few minutes and went to talk to someone else. He came back about a minute later and without me telling him anything he said, "That one's your favorite, huh?" It must have been obvious. It just felt perfect, sounded so articulate, and resonated for ages. It's my first hollowbody and my first guitar by a small luthier. Here is a photo of all of us.