There have been a couple of guitars I got earlier in the year that I didn't talk about before. This one will be a quick one, but like last time, it doesn't have a ton of NGDs online so hopefully that's helpful. This is the 5th Chapman I've got over the last couple of years, mostly out of sheer curiosity. Got a couple of both the first Pro Walnut ML and Norsemans (1st and 2nd gen). This is the first GhostFret. And long story short, this is the best of the bunch. Now for some quick thoughts. General fit and finish: very nice. Structurally, the guitar is spot on - really nothing to say. Cosmetically, if I were to look for something, I could find a few small rough spots in some cavities, but nothing egregious, far from it. On some brand new custom high end guitar...maybe i'd be a bit rustled (on some brands it would be par for the course). At this price point, I consider that nitpicking . Looks: Subjective, but come on! How much stripey wooden goodness can you get . Awesome match between the body top, the fretboard and the headstock overlay. Have not seen that particular wood combination elsewhere so it looks pretty rare. Loving it! Comfort: Comfiest Explorer I have tried bar none. The difference with my old KE2 is basically night and day. The guitar is compact (very compact for an Explorer style), slightly beveled on top, short scale, and balances perfectly (no neck dive in sight). In fact it's one of the comfiest guitars I've owned period, including ergos - which I was not expecting from an Explorer type. And that's especially true sitting down. The shape of the top works wonders for the right arm. Being an E-type, it does pull your fretting hand naturally closer to the higher frets (lower frets are harder to reach), but that's not as pronounced as on the typical longer-scaled modern Explorers. The guitar is also very tactile for lack of a better word. The finish is very slightly open pore, and that includes the top. Playability: Nice flat-ish fretboard with short scale and stainless steel frets on a satin neck. For me, it doesn't get any better than this. Sadly, upper fret playability is not great- which is typical of those guitars though, no surprise there. Electronics: 3-way, 1-volume, 1-tone. Push-Pull for split. Nice clicky switch and smooth controls. The output jack was loosening easily when I got it, but a bit of tightening is working so far. Pickups are OEMs, I suspect higher-end Korean G&B. Although the controls themselves are smooth, the actual pots are typical import stuff. If you want to heavily rely on modulating the volume, they could use an upgrade. Sound: Much to my surprise, this does not require a pickup upgrade. Like, at all. I was quite disappointed in the sound of the other Chapmans I've tried (even including those with all sorts of SD pickups), and this one sounds much better. As it is, the pickups are medium-high output, with just enough grit for a traditional hard-rock sound. They are perfect for their job. The split is nowhere near a realistic single-coil sound, but it is very nice regardless, and doesn't lose too much level. Frets and fretwork: this punches quite a bit above its class. Stainless steel frets are well seated, well crowned, and polished, perfectly level. Nothing sharp, nothing out of place. Don't have anything bad to say about the frets really- they're just great. Conclusion: Got this guitar for not too much $$$, and it's great. Wanted to try out of curiosity, but it's better than I had hoped. In a sea of imports, this is much better than most PRS SEs, and maybe just a tad better than the good Korean Shecters I have seen and owned. But based on my experience with other Chapmans in the "pro" range, I'm guessing those guitars in general are also more variable, so I'd advise anyone to try before buying. For example, as much as I would recommend this particular one- and pick it any day in a blind test- I would probably only recommend half the other "pro range" Chapmans I have tried so far with the same enthusiasm, so make of that what you will!