ok. so pics first i guess? (apologies, my nice shooter is back at my parent's place, so phone shots will have to do for now) ok so. guitar is pretty much flawless. frets, binding, fit and finish, electronics, you name it. haven't found a flaw on that regard. This was a first for me in many aspects: first guitar with a scale longer than 25.5, first Floyd, first HS config, and first american made guitar (ikr?) still getting used to the floyd thing, although I've had it blocked for 99% of the time so yeah.. Scale length is unnoticeable for the fretting hand, but it does make a difference soundwise I think, and also when picking, everything is a little tighter than my JC. HS config is interesting, i really like the neck pickup. Bridge pickup is fucking INTENSE. like, intense to the point that i don't think it could be used for anything other than metal. I've been playing with height and whatnot, but yeah, its very bright, very tight, and feels super high output. still on the fence about keeping that one. Wenge neck feels amazing, satin back on the body too. the neck joint is A++. soundwise is night and day with the JC. the ibanez sounds like a medieval broadsword vs this that sounds like a katana, if that makes any sense. its probably the mahogany and pafs vs ash and these pickups. I wont dare say i like the JC sound better given that i've had this for a small period of time, i probably just need to find the right amp setting and whatnot. anyway, that's all for now. its a monster guitar, and for the price? hard to beat honestly. EDIT: forgot to mention, the soft case it came with is nice and all, but tbh i would've liked a hard case w/this. just a pet peeve i guess. as a final note, i would like to give a shoutout to Nick @ the Axe Palace, that dude went above and beyond with the customer service. I had some payment issues (international shenanigans) and he was extremely helpful, understanding, and provided all these tips and possible solutions. honestly, i would've given up on the purchase if it wasn't for him, so yeah. send all your guitar money to him. final final note, i also got a Ceres. its a beast. end of story.