I had a CT3 and AE-185. The CT3 I sent back during the return period. The guitar itself was well-built and the Carvin pickups sounded awesome, but like a dummy I ordered it with a rosewood fingerboard and the rosewood on mine looked like it came from some cheap import. Real open grain, sticky, and hard to play. Had I ordered the ebony board I would have kept it because it was perfect as-is and sounded much better than the PRS CU22 I had at the time. The AE-185 was just a fun and awesome guitar to play. I punch myself regularly for selling it, and I'd like to get another one but the current price is beyond what I can afford.