my new epi t-bird vintage pro just arrived today and it's awesome. i like it so much that i ordered another one today. when i saw that epiphone was making a t-bird that was much closer to the original to anything that Gibson has made since the mid 60's or Epiphone ever has, i knew that i just had to get one. it has a 9 piece mahogany/walnut neck with mahogany body wings, the larger headstock and tuning keys, claw tailpiece & mid sixties tun-o-matic style bridge with all nickel hardware. i used to own an all original 1963 t-bird IV in the 80's that i still regret selling and finally feel like epiphone has answered my prayers with this one. it weighs only 9lbs even and doesn't exhibit any neck dive that many of them have. for the money, i couldn't be happier with it. if it had a nitro finish it would practically be spot-on.