Hey guys, I just got back from a local music shop where I spent almost an hour playing an epiphone elitist thunderbird. I actually thought it was a Gibson when I picked it up until I looked a little more closely. My point is this: this thing sounded, felt, and looked amazing. However, I can't see myself popping a grand for a Japanese-made (I believe) epiphone. I was hoping you guys could help me out by saying how the elitist compares to the regular epiphone thunderbird. I know the regular has a bolt on neck, but how does this affect the sound and feel? I've never found one of these in a store before today so I've never really had a chance to play one for myself. I've read all sorts of good reviews about the epi thunderbird, but will I be disappointed with it as compared to the elitist series? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.