Well, I gambled and won...won seriously BIG! I've never seen any Giffin's out in the wild, there's very little info out there about them, but there's a decent amount of info out there about Roger Giffin (based upon my research). So based upon the extremely glowing reputation and history that Mr. Giffin has a luthier and all-round "great guy", and the materials used in this particular "Standard" (and I love the "Strat meets Les Paul" design which is even more evident than a PRS), I gambled and bought this from Distinctive Guitar (it arrived yesterday and Noah and Pete were excellent to deal with...many thanks, gentlemen!). And that's a premium Curly Redwood top, black limba body, and black limba and maple neck w/ indian rosewood fretboard...all in at 7 lbs 10 oz's. I've got about 8 hours of playing with her now, and I am blown away with the quality, "feel", neck, sustain, tone(s), etc., etc....this is literally perfection. It's like a comfortable old friend that I've had for 30 years. I'm truly at a loss that there's not more out there about Giffin's "Standard" and other models? I assume it's because he does only put out limited quantity these days doing everything by hand (his web site indicates he's putting out maybe 1 to 2 guitars a month, and has only 3 dealers). The only curve-ball hanging out there is that she's come with a pair of Arcane Ultratron pups, and they may not be as versatile as the Giffin "Standard" chasis is....and there's also little info out there about these particular Arcane's, as well. That being said, the first tune I played on her was "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" and it covered that very well, then played "Sultans of Swing" (to the best of my ability) and it sounded superb, and then dug up an old smooth jazz classic "Rio De Janeiro Blue" by Randy Crawford (kind of "Sade"-like if you're not familiar) and it pulled that off very nicely, so I just have to get used to the little-something different that these pups have (they're described as Filtertron blended w/ PAF....can't go wrong with that, right?). At any rate, I don't use the word "perfection" with anything...ever (except for my wife, and I say that if by a long stretch she reads my post LOL!), but this Giffin has gotten there IMHO. There's nothing I would do different about the materials, specs, finish, scale, etc. as it's all sensational (hell, I even like the design of the headstock and I'm ultra picky about headstock's for some reason!)...just needing to spend a little more time w/ the Arcane's and probably tweak some settings on my Kemper since this will become my #1 gigger. So my New Year's wish for all of my TGP buds is to do yourself a favor and try to get your hands on a Giffin to at least have it as a benchmark for your next quest...along with a Happy, Safe, Toneful, and Prosperous 2018!!