My GAS for an Ash body ESP USA M-II has to be put to bed for the sake of my wallet. This Charvel is basically an inexpensive version of what I wanted though. It’s got an open grain Ash body with direct mount pickups, hipshot-like hardtail, locking tuners, and a comfortable neck with satin finish. I guess it’s about what I expect from a MIM guitar, similar to Fenders I had before. It’s not finished as nicely as a good WMI Korean build, but it’s not awful either. There are parts in the finish that could have been sanded better and are rough, the open grain makes that really apparent. I love the look of it though. The frets appear to be level, no dead spots, and the fretboard edges are rollled nicely. There is some mean feet sprout though. Relax, my old man is a television repair man, he’s got this ultimate set of tools, I can fix it! Pickups are getting swapped for Black Winters. The Full Shred might not have been the best choice for these, it’s a bright snappy guitar and the scooped nature of them is not complimenting it very well. My first MIM Charvel, I would buy another. I dig it overall, just needs a little work. Makes for a weekend project, should be solid once I’m done though.