I've owned some pretty nice guitars. I've owned many R9s, R8s, Jackson Custom shop guitars, limited editions, and so-on. Still, out of all those high price-tag guitars, My lowly import Jackson Sam-Ash special SL2H is my favorite guitar. When I first got back into playing, this was the guitar I picked up. It was purely by chance, but I just dug it. I think I paid $800 for it new from Sam Ash. Jackson aficionados would likely scoff. It's got plastic inlays, likely plastic binding, a veneer top, a black back, and a Korean Floyd Rose. I've owned more than one USA Jackson SL2H - Hell, I still own one: That Custom Shop Jackson probably sold for 4-5 times what my import Jackson cost, but I still like the import better. Why? I'll tell you why. The Sam Ash Jackson has an arched top. The volume knob is in a different position as well. These two features alone mean I don't hit the volume when I play. On all the other Jacksons I've played, the volume gets in the way. Not on this one. Along with an arched top, the import Jackson has bevelled cutaways. Sexy! Jackson recently started selling guitars that look similar, but I couldn't find any to play, and they look like the knob is where other Jacksons have it - not where I like it. I bought my import new, in 2008 from Sam Ash. I've never seen another in person. I've come close to buying an older Jackson Professional, because they look really close and have ebony fretboards, but I never did. Recently, I put an add in the Emporium, asking if, by some miracle, anyone had one of these wonderful guitars that they would be willing to sell. After some dead ends and near misses, Mikey2201 pointed me to the Cherry Hill Guitar Center where he saw one. It took me three hours to drive down there, but low and behold, they had one, and it was MINT! After some frustrating haggling (cash meant nothing to them!), I bought it. My original one has been upgraded over the years. It has a brass Floyd Upgrade block, WCR American Steele pickups, and I added a coil tap to the tone knob. This one will get WCRs as well as a brass block, if for no other reason than I despise having the words SEYMOUR DUNCAN on my pickups. This is the only guitar for which I have two of the same model and configuration. I will be shipping one to my work location in another state so that I can have my favorite guitar both home and away. I'm stoked!