Well, I got to spend some time with this one at NAMM. Everyone was talking before the show how it's going to be THE shred machine and all that. After playing it through all the amps in the Suhr booth, I soon found it WAS. But what surprised me was how organic & resonant the Modern sounded. Be it the design, neck joint, woods...whatever they did, the sounds echoed & rattled thru my brain for days after the NAMM Show. How I could go from powerful bridge bucker, to strat sparkle, to Jimmy Page in the middle position (I love Les Pauls)...I couldn't get this thing out of my mind. I sat there playing "For Your Life" when I guess I should've been shredding Van Halen haha, but you get lost in the tones when something really speaks to you and this one did. So, I'm pulling the trigger on one simliar to the LE. Yes, GAS has taken control of my will, but this one will be onstage not sitting in the closet after the honeymoon is over. Now, I'm not a guy who's career depends on 24 frets, so that's just a bonus. It's the REST of the guitar that I'm buying. I can't friggin wait to put the first few miles on this thing! I stole some resized shots from JS's forum to show here, just for grins! Enjoy!