I've had this guitar for about a week now and am absolutely in love with it. This is my first 8 string, and I jumped straight from a 6, no problem playing it at all. It's extremely comfortable to play, cleans are crystal clear, distortion is heavy, and it just looks bad***. Came out of the box professionally set up, amazing action, in tune, and ready to rock. The only reason I gave it 4.5 stars is because when drop tuning the F# to E, it can get a little floppy due to the scale length only being 26.5". All around it's a fantastic guitar for the money. As always with Sweetwater, shipping was quick, guitar showed up perfect, and my sales engineer, Mike Hammond, is an awesome and professional guy.