Just got my GL yesterday and wow, this thing is NICE!! Compared to my Sterling and CS Classic IV Jazz, it plays like it should have been priced where they were. Great punch, neck, and ya gotta love the maple w/ blocks and the classic Fender logo that just sticks out loud n' proud! I wanted a "road warrior" for traveling gigs that was less expensive and this will do nicely. The quality is there as I am very picky, and the only thing is that the frets ends were not totally ground smooth. I can see it will rock, but it sounds great funked as well! I can see why you love your GL's in the other threads. I love the look of the 75' RI, but I couldn't justify the cost (they went from $1499 to $1799!) and what would make them worth that much (no active EQ, reinforcement bars, etc), so the GL was a no-brainer for the price. I agree with others where some Fenders I have played have been bad quality, but when they are spot on, its hard to beat that tone!