I like the looks of it a bunch - ............but has anyone ever actually NEEDED that drop-E/D thing or is it just a gimmick? I won't ever play heavy metal - so that's not what I like it for. I'm just in serious love with the P/J sounds. I imagine that drop-tuning machine could be removed - but are the installation holes different from a standard tuning machine? Of course, I'd keep the Hipshot Xtender if I even thought it would be necessary. (Not likely) Do those extenders really work and stay in tune though? And how about when you 'un-extend' that string - does it go right back to good tuning or is it messed up and needs a retune? Moving the string up and down like that must grind on the top nut pretty bad - huh? OK - yeah - the custom shop version is pretty nice - but 'way outta sight for money!