Let me start by saying that being a previous customer of Tom's, I knew what to expect from this guitar...and that was A LOT. What I received, however, has easily surpassed those expectations. The playability from the second I picked up the guitar is second to none. I am not sure why necks are made of anything other than ebony at this point, as it is the fastest feel I have experienced. I had a bit of experience with fanned frets and as others have said before, there was virtually no transition. After a few hours I found myself to be considerably more comfortable on the fanned frets. I have only had a day with the guitar, so I will keep this short and sweet....Onto specs and pics: - 7 String - 25.5" - 27" scale length - ABM headless hardware (designed by and created for XEN Stringed Instruments) - BKP Black Hawk calibrated set w/ coil taps - Black Walnut Burl top - Black Limba body - Solid West African Ebony neck - West African Ebony fretboard - Luminlay side dots - Dunlop recessed strap locks We also had the option of opting in to a military spec case from SKB, which can be seen in a few of the pictures below: I can't wait to see the rest of these start popping up as more people receive theirs.