It's here! (Check out the build thread for our previous episodes: http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/lu...omizations/170289-oaf-8-string-singlecut.html) OK, enough of this tedious intro - on to the pics! Apologies for the quality: I have a lousy camera, the lighting was bad, I was distracted by eddies in the space-time continuum, etc. You can't tell very well from this photo, but the neck is *very* flat. Tone Bars! A family snapshot. I think the Omen is feeling left out of the club.... So, a few specs: Ash body Maple neck and fretboard 27" scale Lace Tone Bar pickups (the Tosin Abasi custom model) Hipshot hardware Recessed Dunlop strap locks 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch If you like Telecasters, you'd love this (I'm lookin' at you, Solodini!) - this is like the Telecaster that bulked up with pull-ups and squats to impress all those round-bottom bass guitar babes. The pickups have a definite single-coil P-90 character, and fabulous articulation. It's good enough that my lack of technique embarasses me, because I can't hide from it with these pickups. Back to the woodshed! The bridge pickup is especially lethal - you could seriously kill a man with barred 3rd-fret harmonics on that bridge pickup. Fortunately, the tone control is beautifully voiced, so you can just roll some highs off and avoid manslaughter charges. This thing *loves* extended jazz voicings: I played some root-7-3-#11 clusters on the low strings, and it just rang out wonderfully. Reggae skanks sound really tight as well, and you can drop down to the low strings and dub out a bassline the way no 6-string Tele ever could. It's light - lighter than my 6-string alder/ash Yamaha tele, and way lighter than my Omen-8. And it's got fantastic acoustic resonance; I can't imagine what this would sound like if you chambered it and gave it an f-hole. By comparison, the Schecter just feels like a brick. I need to test further with distorted sounds, since my current setup is really geared for Fender blackface-type cleans, but this *feels* more like a clean-tone guitar so far. I bet it's going to eat up a cranked tube amp, though. Tom's workmanship on this instrument is outstanding. This is perhaps the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen in person; it's definitely the best guitar I've ever owned. All the hardware is top-notch, the controls are excellent, and the whole package just feels great overall. And you can't beat the price - I'd have paid more for a production-line RG2228, and I wouldn't like it nearly so well. I'm definitely getting another one as soon as I can get the funds together. Enough talk - back to playing!