i am a HUGE fan of superstrats. i love them ALL. Tyler, Suhr, Grosh.....Stevenson......so many COOL guitars. my love for the superstrat goes back to late '81. i was stationed in San Diego with the NAVY, and i went to a guitar shop downtown (think it was a Guitar Center), and they had a few original San Dimas Charvels. there was a maple neck hot rod flames Charvel that just was SO GOOD it made my heart stop. it was priced at $1200, if i remember correctly. priced higher than either a new Les Paul or a new Strat! that started my love affair with superstrats, and it has never subsided. over the 80s and 90s, i had DOZENS of Charvels, Jacksons, Tylers, Sadowsky, Zion, Anderson, and a few custom shop Fenders. but i have ALWAYS been chasing that first HRF strathead charvel from 1981. i even ended up with an original prepro Charvel HRF guitar that is sorta famous -- it was built for Jeff Beck, had a SOLID MAPLE BODY (was heavy as hell) and ended up being Mike Eldred's (charvel jackson shop builder) main player for years. It has a rosewood board, and a GREAT feeling neck, but the weight KILLED my back...and I am a maple neck guy...so it now resides in a very large Charvel collection. fast forward to TODAY. I have always heard such great things about GMW, and over the years had tried a couple of them. My friend Trina (shnook here on TGP) is the very proud owner of Dweezil Zappa's "Shamer 5149 1/2" replica of the famous EVH 5150. Trina had sent me that guitar to play with for a few weeks, and i was BLOWN AWAY by how good it was. But she WILL NOT let go of it......and I don't blame her. It's an iconic instrument, and she's a big Dweezil fan, as am I. However -- she knew I was jonesing for a great maple neck shredder, and she had ordered THIS guitar from Lee Garver many years ago, back when Lee would still do THAT headstock. So she sent me THIS guitar nuthin fancy. just a sunburst maple neck superstrat, right? but the guitar absolutely BLOWS ME AWAY. Lee Garver is VERY cool to contact. he gave me plenty of info on the guitar. THIS guitar is the closest thing I have ever felt to that original 1981 Charvel that I have been chasing since back then. The fit and finish of this guitar is 100% perfect. The fretwork is immaculate. I can bend as high as i want ANYWHERE on the neck, with no fretting out. It just plays itself. I know there are some more GMW owners out there. Hippie Tim has a SEXY Tele with US NAVY graphics on it that i lust for. and honestly......GMW's prices are really quite fair, you can get a GOOD one for well under $2k. i think Lee's gonna be building me a custom "Bobby D model" next year. TGP...show me some GMW love!