With some good pups these guitars can fill a lot of shoes. I turned mine into an Esquire and will be upgrading the p/u soon. Mine weighs about 8 lbs. The neck is quarter sawn and has some flaming. The fit and finish rivals guitars costing much more. They did an excellent job on shielding, this is the quietest S/C guitar that I have played. The pine body gives up a little more bass and mids IMHO. The 3-way switch is an Alpha (as are the pots), I think a lower value on the tone cap would yield a little more useful range of the tone control. I have heard of some phone jacks coming loose, but I haven't had any problems with mine. The blond transparent finish looks awesome and the neck is tinted and reminds me of the 52 RI's. I wonder when a MIM Nocaster will appear?