Price: $649 w/o case. Features:4 One tone knob & one volume, plus the three way toggle. I started playing on a Les Paul style with these controls and I don't really need anything else, in fact, I prefer it to my Jackson SLSMG's sliding switch. A second volume would be handy for silencing but as I said, for me, not needed. The tuners are black Grovers non-locking, non-trimming. They work for me and I don't like locking tuners because of the hassle. Sound: 4.5 I've run it through a couple of different small amps and it always sounds a lot like Nevermore. I don't sound like Jeff Loomis but this guitar makes me wish I knew some of their songs. It's got a pretty brutal tone. The p.u. are EMG 81-7(b) and EMG 707(n). From what I can tell the 81-7 is a normal 81 for seven strings and the 707 sounds like a 85 with tighter lows. They sound better than the normal ones in my opinion. They also look better without any p.u. rings and pretty much match the color and finish. The cleans sound compartitively mellow, it's that EMG 81 tone but just a little more even low-mids/high-bass range. I'll give it a 4 because I just plain haven't explored and tweaked and matched it to a good amp and cranked it. Action, Fit and Finish: 4.5 The finish is a velvet black, I think it's actually called black satin. I would have preferred a clear coated version but I'm fine with the black. To it's credit here it doesn't show fingerprints as easily. The neck is neck-thru-body and has a rosewood fretboard, mine's pretty dark and looks like ebony and I've seen ones that are pretty light as well. The back of the neck matches the body, satin black. I think it's a lot more comfortable than gloss, it seems like it has more predictable and even resistance moving up, down, back, and forth. Here, I love that finish. 24 XJ frets, 25.5 scale, thin U contour. The action was factory set and low. I got some fret buzz when I dropped it down a step so if you'll do the same buy a set of 10's or above (might be where that Nevermore tone is coming from) if you wanna get brutal with your murdered out guitar. Reliability: I've owned a bunch of LTD 400's and a couple 1000's and I never had a single problem with them. This guitar feels tough, you could easily beat somebody to death with it. It has been my experience for many years that LTD's under $1k are worth Jacksons well over that cost. Most of it comes from the electronics, the jack and everything else looks like it was done by a person that knew what they were doing. The three Jackson's I've owned and the one I still own have had or has problems with it's pot switches, sliding switches and the jacks. Overall: 4.5 (Yea, I rounded up) I am really diggin on this guitar in my free time, I've only had it for a little while. Yea, I don't like the satin finish on the body, but I love it on the neck. And yea, the toggle switch can't be set as a kill switch but I'd rather have it than a slider. I don't mean to pick on Jacksons, it's really the only comparison I have to make in the reliability category. I love my SLSMG and I do think it's a better guitar than this one but I do not think it is more reliable. For $649 this is a great value. Sunlit pic of body and upper frets (shows finish well) http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/1580/sunp0001j.jpg Pic of the action of the 7th string at the 12th fret. http://a.imageshack.us/img571/554/sunp0004.jpg Videos comming soon.