After much searching and debating if I should buy a used or a new one of these, I pulled the trigger on a brand new one! And it is totally worth it! I had played one in the store and it sounded great. This one in my setup sounds amazing! I can't recommend this guitar enough to people who are looking for versatility [and beauty]. The only thing I would change is the truss rod cover that says "special" and I would replace it with a rosewood one like the one in my 2012 Signature Limited. In terms of quality and playability this guitar is superb, bar none. Easy to play, perfect intonation, perfectly leveled frets, every single detail you can look at is polished and perfect. In terms of tone, it's a swiss army knife for guitars, from humbucker to single coils, to the 2 and 4 positions with that chime. I am impressed by how clear these pickups sound, they are truly impressive. I thought the 408s were great, I love the Gibson Custombuckers in my R8, but these are spectacular. Here are a few pics ... check out that color!