I love this guitar. The neck shape is perfect for my medium-sized hands. Others claim to have the slim-taper, but the shape of this is unlike any of those, and I mean that in the best way possible. The action right of the box was spot on perfect. It did have a tiny buzz in the bridge, but a gentle nudge to the lifters fixed that in less time than it took to write that.
The pups are pure P90's gold. The neck pup has a little more volume, likely due to its location on the body, but that's what volume pots are for. The bridge has a perfect bite to it. All in all, this thing sounds fantastic, and I've owned tons of high-end Strats, Teles, and Les Pauls. I've not experienced any feedback issues, even with tons of gain. Also, I practice late at night, and the acoustic tone is not only plenty loud enough, but very sweet as well, which is something no other Casino, even the Gary Clark Jr. and "Inspired by Lennon" versions capture... not even close. Plugged in, those previously mentioned are very close in tone, but unplugged, this is hands down the winner, if that matters to you. The other difference is that even though those have USA Gibson P90s, too, they are not double wax potted like these, which may be part of the reason I haven't experienced much feedback from this hollow body. That said, I've played those and not had much feedback either.
I've played a lot of Casinos, hoping to save a little dough, but I just knew I wanted an Elitist, because every time I compared them, it was just no contest, but there are some very nice versions out there. For me, the neck shape, overall feel, unplugged tone, and slightly clearer plugged tone were the selling points.
The natural and sunburst are identical, the natural isn't a thin-skin lacquer like Lennon and Harrison made theirs, so plugged or not, there is no difference, except for them just being different guitars and thus unique in their own way. I actually wanted a sunburst, but I was 49% leaning natural. My wife actually said something that swayed me, she said, "Sunburst is just so overdone, I like that the natural is unique." I only wish they used an aged tint, but it will age. I was picky when choosing, and Sweetwater had several, so I looked for a grain pattern I liked; some are just too pale, in my opinion. I'm also fortunate enough to live a few miles from Sweetwater.
Long story short, if you're reading this, you must be serious about getting one... do it! You won't regret it. I will say, if you have big hands with sausage fingers, it may feel a bit small for you, but you'll just have to play one. For me, however, it doesn't get any better than this. I even played an nice Gibson Memphis ES-335, which was like $3,500, but seriously, the quality of Gibson has gone way downhill. In every measurable aspect, every single one, this guitar killed it.