This ABG is awesome.....quite loud when unplugged, and the Dean preamp is really solid and versatile. I got mine in black finish, and cosmetically, it's gorgeous. Nice abalone inlays. And with a pick, the great tone that Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes has on their debut is easily achieved. I LOVE THIS THING! Bought it at Apple Music in Portland, Oregon, for only $279- and it retails for $429! I reccommend this highly to anyone seeking a solid acoustic/electric investment.