So I've been looking at this guitar for some time and finally decided to get it. I have been hesitant because I have never had active pickups before and I expected them to just be hot metal sounds only pickups. Well they do not disappoint for a really heavy chunking Metallica sound but surprisingly the EMG 81 in the bridge cleans up and provides a really decent clean and slightly dirty rock and blues sound. I'm very excited about the playability of the neck on this guitar it's super fast and very comfortable to me. The frets are clean and there's not a blemish on it. The KH signature Skull and Crossbone inlays are spot on and right out of the box this axe was ready to play with only some minor string tuning. Sweetwater continues to provide me with quality knowledgeable support and instruments that are ready to play. Kent Sallaz has been my consultant for a number of years and he always goes above and beyond to be sure I get the best products available. Thanks Kent!