I went to GC over the weekend to check the current stock. I played on a $1700 Ray for a bit and thought it was ok. I then plugged the Studio into the same amp and was blown away! The Shecter was ballsy and clear. It had that piano like sound that I LOVE! The neck was comfy and it played like a dream. The Schecter made the Ray just sound bland and weak. If you play a Ray, please don't take this personally. It's just my opinion and it surprised me. Anyone else dig on the Shecter?