I've been away from guitar forums a while now, but this place is right up my alley. I love seeing the resurgence in interest for 80's shred style guitars! I've been an ESP guy for many years and have owned several, many of which I totally regret selling. My collection is pretty modest these days, but holds true to what got me into music/guitars in general. In case you couldn't tell from my username, I'm a huge Queensryche/DeGarmo/Wilton fan. Empire caught my attention back in '90 and I asked the parentals for a guitar that year for Xmas. 140+ guitars later, here's what is in the stable. Replica of Chris DeGarmo's ESP M-II. The neck and body were built by Butala Custom Guitars, and no corners were cut in the hardware department. It's extremely close to the real thing, minus the Triryche inlays. The neck on this thing is killer, it's got an R5 width (1 3/4) but I installed an R4 nut for slightly narrower string spacing. Very comfortable and probably my favorite out of the 3. This started life as the current Michael Wilton skulls guitar, but I had Butala build me the old school knifehead neck to be closer to the guitars Wilton used back on the Empire/LiveCrime tour. This also has a killer neck and weighs a ton... very loud guitar, plugged in or not! Last but not least is my (sorta) Washburn N4. The body is NOS from their factory, but a good friend of mine built the neck using rosewood for the main construction, as well as a really nice piece of ebony for the board and stainless frets. Plays incredibly smooth and is extremely resonant. It spends most of its time in the case since the finish is extremely thin and with 3 kids, I'm not chancing anything. Looking forward to reading up more on this forum... I've clearly been missing out.