Ok, here is my honest opinion. I really, really wanted to like this thing, but sadly, I did not. I drove 30 minutes to play the thing, and I was fully prepared to walk out of the store with it, but it just didn't do it for me. First, it is an oddly balanced instrument, not particularly heavy (probably 9 pounds), but it had a reverse neck dive thing happening (it had a tendency to body dive). The sound had a strong piccolo bass vibe, which is not my taste at all. The overall feeling was, it's not a bass and its not a guitar, and seems rather unusable for what it is (it occupied a very odd space in the frequnecy spectrum). The whammy bar was virtually useless, as there was not enough space between the body and the bar to get any kind of good bend. I'll hand it to it in the looks department, though. It's almost worth buying just to look at (this was one was sunburst and tortoises shell). Sorry I didn't take any pictures. Being that I was on a mission to spend $800, I walked out with this modded 2004 American 75 RI for that, plus tax.