I've been GASing for this one ever since it was first introduced, and I finally pulled the trigger. In the last ten years, I have owned an S7420, RG7421, UV777, and a K7. Of those, I regretted selling the K7 the most as it was a tone monster much like my Gibson Les Paul Custom is. However, none of the aforementioned 7s hold a candle to the APEX1. Let me say, pictures just DO NOT do this guitar justice. The finish is awesome. Also, like my RG2228 before it, the setup (neck relief, bridge height, intonation, etc.) is perfect right out of the box. Hell, I'm halfway tempted to buy another one of these as soon as I can afford one.