Well, I spent a week with Soloway G191, the "Solocaster #1." This is a special instrument. It's clearly well put together in the hand-crafted tradition with some choice components. Playing it unplugged made me pay attention to the amazing setup on this guitar. It was strung with 10s, which felt closer to what 11s feel like on a Fender because of the longer scale. The longer scale didn't take too long to get used to, but it did make a difference in how solid the sound felt coming from the guitar. I took it to rehearsal, and I played through a '57 Guild Masteramp (like a tweed Pro with tremolo), and the guitar remained articulate through the tweed circuit. (My other teles can get mushy when I push the amp.) For songs where I play in drop D tuning, the guitar really delivered. (We played "Sway" by the Rolling Stones in D.) While the solid low end really helped in almost every case, there were a few songs where the guitar stayed a little too polite for me. I'm wondering what this would sound like with a set of Lollar, Fralin, or VooDoo pickups. My #1 has a VooDoo in the neck and a converted '49 Fender Lapsteel pickup in the bridge. Not polite! From emailing Jim and seeing his website, I think he can offer his guitars with a variety of pickups, though, as long as the buyer is willing to pay for them or provide them. I wish I could have heard it with some nicer blackguard style pickups. I'm also not a big fan of what I perceive as a thin neck (front to back, the width was fine.) I'm used to playing very thick necks (up to 1" at the nut). My technique isn't "proper," and I play with my left thumb quite a bit. A nice V neck would be wonderful, and I hope Jim gets around to accommodating players who like larger necks. Overall, this is a product that lives up to the hype. (I've played some other products that didn't.) It's not a tele (the long scale does something particularly un-tele), but it's a cool Soloway for tele players. If I had the scratch, I'd be seriously looking at what Jim's up to.