So, I haven't made a post in lord knows how long for any of the guitars I've had over the years, but this one surprised me just enough that I figured it warranted a return to SSO. Semi wall of text inbound: For financial reasons I've been down to just one guitar, which up until recently was my Kiesel CL7, which also for financial reasons I had to let go of. After selling the Kiesel my plan was to use the excess cash I had from the sale to fund a cheaper replacement to keep me tied over until I could afford to have a more "luxury" model again. I toyed with the idea of a few models and brands, Sterling JPs (I had a really nice one for some time around 2016), my go-to brand Ibanez (since I've been out of the loop for so long I was severely disappointed when I went to see the used market's prices. No more "get a used prestige" I guess I had first picked up the PRS Holcomb SE-7. While I actually thoroughly enjoyed playing it for rhythm stuff, I just couldn't get on with the radius for lead work past the 12-15 fret range. I've got fairly average sized hands and have grown way too accustomed to smaller, thinner necks. Not exactly the most budget friendly guitar, but I had decided that I should look for something that would actually keep me content, and landed on the Schecter KM7-MKIII Artist. While it was a lot of fun, and played great, I just couldn't gel with it overall, and on top of that no matter what I did there was a ton of buzzing coming from the nut on the three lowest strings. An easy fix, yes, but not something I was keen on having to adjust on a brand new $1,800 guitar. So, back it went. Enter Legator. I had some serious panging left from selling the Kiesel. I've grown attached to multi-scale, and now headless makes (my apartment is pretty tight on space, so the smaller form factor is nice). I'm also a sucker for pink-ish guitars. The Kiesel was pink with the metallic flake. Anyway, I had just been browsing headless brands to see if there were any new up and comers that I hadn't seen or heard of and stumbled on these models from Legator. I was still actively lurking on here and other guitar sites, FB groups, etc. around the time Legator first popped up. I scoffed at them and all their here one second, gone the next endorsees. Never in my dreams did I think that I'd even come close to a Legator, let alone own one. It wasn't an easy call to make, and I spent more hours at work looking up posts here and scouring every corner of the internet for info than I'd like to admit. But seeing a few posts from users on here I recognized saying that they got some nice Ghosts from Legator really helped push me. I drove out like two hours to a GC that had this in store, locked away in a glass case like it was one of their Platinum guitars. There was no way I was going to take a gamble on this without playing it first. Luckily, I can say I have been surprised in nearly every facet. It holds tune incredibly well. Playability wise, this is easily on par with many of my old Prestiges. Nice, smooth fret ends, buttery smooth neck, comfortable contours on the body, light weight with no neck dive (should be a no brainer with a headless, but I figured if anyone could screw this up it would be Legator). The neck shape is eerily similar to the few 1527s I had, as well as my UV777 (I forget the year, but it was an AANJ model). I wonder if they've actively based their work on mid-2000's Ibanez, because the similarities don't end there. The pickups, the "Hive"-s are pleasantly middle of the road. They are very reminiscent of the V7/V8 combo and how they sounded in my various RGA121s. They're nothing to applaud, but they get the job done without me feeling like I'm missing out. Unlike the V7/V8-7s that the 1527s were sent out with. Again, this feels like a conscious decision to me, but I suppose it could be coincidence and me connecting dots that aren't there. Honestly, the only bad things I can comment on are there is some sort of tooling blem on the bridge, it should be circled in one of the pictures; and the screws for the nut may not have the best QC. The bottom of a few of them seem a little sharp. I went through three different D strings trying to get my preferred set on there, which really pissed me off as it was the last of my Elixirs. But, it's possible I was just over-tightening this one over and over. The rest of the strings were fine though, so who knows Anyway, pics! TLDR: 2020-2021 Legator might be good? This to me, at least in the current market, is about how a $1k-ish guitar should feel/play like. Obviously some nicer pickups would be nice, but so far all of their OEM stuff on here is good enough. Hardware included. Obviously this is in no way me endorsing them and saying everyone should give them a second chance. But if you are on the fence and have the opportunity to try one, or get one with a good return policy I'd say it's worth a shot. Again, try before you buy or make sure you can get covered on returns, just in case I wasn't clear I love mine, but this is legitimately the only one I've put my hands on. Maybe I just got the best of a bunch.