Sorry if this is a bit long, but I thought I provide some context to my review as I know folks out there that really read reviews often need some reference from where the comments are coming from, so here I go.
I don't much experience, just have been playing electrics for a bit more than 3 years (started with Spanish guitars when I was in my teens) but for reference my first electric was a Mexican Strat, when I decided to spend more time on this I got myself a Les Paul Studio (got from Sweetwater back in 2014) and few months ago got a second hand stunning Custom Shop Gibson ES-335. Those Gibsons have always been my dream guitars, probably influenced by all the legends that played them and also by their amazing looks (figured famed maple tops, curved bodies, etc). But one day I tested an Explorer from my guitar teacher and was surprised about both the ergonomics and the sustain of this guitar, so I went on the hunt to get one, I took me a while to find the right one, I went on the hunt for a used one, but there are surprisingly very little Cherry Explorers out there, I ended up buying one online that I returned as was too beaten and needed a lot of work ($$) to get in great shape, then decided to buy me a brand new that ended up being a disappointment ... the action, sustain and wood grain were unbelievable good but however did the fret board edge rounding at Gibson went overboard to the point of making the high E string hit the bevel of frets 1 to 3 ... that guitar had to be re fretted.
That's when I got an email from Anthony at Sweetwater who was just checking in with me, I explained that I was trying to get me one of these and he immediately shared me the current stock and guaranteed me that Sweetwater does inspect every single guitar they buy and they do return to Gibson the ones that don't cut it.
Long story short, this is the most amazing guitar I ever played, I cannot say more about how well balanced it is, whether you're playing sitting or standing, how freaking low the action can go and how it sustains forever. I play it on a Marshall DSL40 and I can get classic tones like early Rush (Fly by Night), to Papa Roach :-) ...
The attention to detail is also above expectations, the body is made of 3 pieces but they are so well matched that you only notice by looking on the sides of the body. The frets are so well polished that the strings slide like a recently waxed snowboard on groomed terrain. My band mates don't want me to bring my ES-335 anymore ... All in all, the guitar is pure joy!