Completed my initial review of the 2027XLS after a solid 8 hour session, and wanted to send it over in case it can help others: As promised, after a solid 8 hour jam session last night, I have come back to review the RG2027XLS and compare it to the iconic RG1077XL.This is the first of two reviews that ill do for it, the second being the post-30days review. Gives an opportunity for the "newlywed" feelings to dissipate and really nail down the review. I did the same thing with the DCM earlier this year, but lost the review when i left the other RG group. ***Soncially, I havent been able to review it in the same tuning as the classic, since it came to me in B standard instead of A standard (no biggie)*** Feel - 4/5 - i gave it a 4 out of 5 because the neck is a TINY bit wider than the classic 1077XL and more D shaped than C shaped, which might turn some folks off. I personally still did not feel any fatigue after about hour 6, so they didnt make the necks TOO thin (for example the RG3120. Cherished by most Ibanez enthusiasts, but was also noted for having such an incredibly thin neck front to back down in frets 1-5, which stopped me from playing it for very long). But the classic XL does win this fight in my opinion, but not by much. This is a personal evaluation though, so im sure there are folks who enjoy both necks equally, the classic just filled my hand perfectly. Sonics - 5/5 - hands down, the sonics of both models was amazing. I didnt go too deep in this side of the review because sound is so subjective. The classic XL had Fishman Fluence Moderns in it, and that was a KILLER combination, but I have to really tip my hat to Lundgren. I dont know how they did it, but the voicing of the Lundgren Black Heaven 7 pickups were IDENTICAL to their 6 strring counterparts. At first i couldnt believe it, until i grabbed my RGD and my 970XL and started A/B ing them. Lundgren managed (in a passive pickup noless) to accomplish the task of mirroring the 6 version to the 7 version (or vice versa, either way, they sound as identical as can be). This blew my mind because now I dont have to change my eq swing between guitars lol, literaly unplug one and then plug in the other lol. The only thing that the Fishman Fluences did better than the Lundgrens was the silence between notes. The Fishmans are much quieter than any other pickups ive tried. I would HIGHLY reccommend the Fishmans if you are an active player and are used to active 7 pickups, and Id recommend the Lundgrens if you prefer a passive feel. The clarity in both models was phenominal! MISC - X/X - here is some miscellaneous information I wanted to share about the 2027XLS. When I received the RGA6UCS earlier this year, i had my first experience with stainless steel frets. In the RGA, they created a MASSIVE spike in treble in the tone that i had to compensate for. But with the XLS, the treble seems perfectly balanced. The additional treble actually HELPED with clarity tremendously (as if Lundgrens need help with that lol) but it never became shrill. I dont know how to react with the Neck pickup because i dont use them much, but when i switch over to it the cleans sound so full yet bright. this is all that i could think of for now, and to be honest, i want to get back to playing it lol. I will be sure and come back for the FULL review in about 30days.