I finally convinced myself not to buy that gold flaked Sterling, when I sauntered into a store I haven't been into awhile. After I exchanged pleasantries with the staff, they tell me they're going out of business due to Guitar Center moving in. Everything's 40% off. They always carried real cheap line stuff, but I looked around anyway. That's when I came upon an 8string Dean Rhapsody. Mahogany body with a bubinga top. All for $400! I will now use a word I never thought I'd use. It sounded real phat!