I recently purchased a Carlino Identity and I have to say that it is the best playing guitar I have encountered in the last 10 years. Designed by Ed Carlino these guitars are top notch in materials and craftsmanship. With a 5 ply bound, maple topped mahogany body/set neck with an ebony board the guitar is full sounding without getting muddy, leads cut but are not in any way shrill. Abalone inlays, Tone Pro hardware and Duncan pickups as well as 22db boost round out a killer package. The fact that the guitar also has (IMO) the coolest headstock on the planet is just icing on the cake! If anyone is looking for something off the beaten path check out the Identity at www.carlinoguitars.com, prices listed are MAP he will deal.