Oh boy I've heard about this model and wanted one since I was in highschool and now finally it is mine. Richie Kotzen: a great singer and a phenomenal guitar player. Used to play in Mr. Big and currently with The Winery Dogs (Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy). He does not use picks by the way. Back when it was just released it was Asia/Japan exclusive but now the model is available worldwide (still made in Japan). I love how the guitar looks with its gold hardware and the rail pickup also in gold. The neck is quite fat but it is surprisingly comfortable. I usually put 10s for standard tuning but for this one I will keep 9s for now as I don't think I can keep up with additional tension with the size of its neck. Someone mentioned this is as big as Nocasters but I never played them before so I won't know for sure. I'd rather play big necks than thin/flat Ibanez necks. This guitar screams; maple neck, ash body, maple top. I love the middle position with both series and parallel; you get both Tele twang and fat lead tone by simply flicking the switch. No tone pot for this model but I ain't got time for that. This guitar is quite versatile and with the right amp you can definitely do metal. The model is somewhat overpriced though as it does not come with a case. TLDR- Versatile Tele with a fat neck. Yes, you can do metal with this model.