Picked up my first Aristides from reverb the other day. White pearl marble gloss with a satin neck. Bare knuckle aristides custom with an Irish tour single in the neck. Bought it with 2 issues. Neck pickup screw was stripped and the fourth position on the 5 way switch has no output. Obviously a pickup problem but I never use that position anyways so whatever. As far as playability goes, it's not good. I feel like im fighting this thing to play anything. Fret ends were smooth, and fret access is great thanks to that carve on the back. It resonates well and has good sustain and is very loud acoustically . Pros- looks great, good weight, stable trem, perfect fret access, truss rod adjusts easily. Cons- poor playability, bending past 3 steps causes output to stop. Not sure what's causing this. Could be unlevel frets or pickups. The trem claw screws don't go in very far so even with 9-46 nyxl's I have to use 3 springs to level the trem. Subjective- pickups are not my taste at all. Seem to have low output, an annoying "knocking" sound, and arent very versatile. The bridge pickup sounds like a single coil for some reason. I probably got unlucky with this one, and I'm sure there are many other people that would be happy with this. But it's just not for me. That being said if you have to try one of these, take my experience into consideration and be careful about buying one off of reverb. Maybe just order from them directly. I'm pretty familar with setups (learning from rich's work from ibanezrules) and this thing was honestly a piece of junk in my opinion. I've played standard rg's at guitar centers that outclass this thing to give you some perspective into how much of a lemon I think i got here.