Great Odin's Raven!!!
To be completely honest, I was really concerned about all the stellar reviews. Not having the chance to play before buying, I thought what if it can't live up to the hype? Mine arrived yesterday, and I'm glad to say I'm well over those concerns. I've played mostly Taylor over the past few years (they are indeed great guitars) and would easily put this up against something in the 614 range, but it still wouldn't have the electronics package, DSP, bindings, inlays, nut, saddle, etc. Is this a subjective judgment? Yes it is but at a value proposition of roughly 4:1, it's a comparison I'm willing to stand by. I've seen other reviewers compare the neck to what you might expect on an electric, and I'd agree with that. I have large hands and find the large neck profile (think LP or SG) with the low/uniform action to be very playable for me. I'm a pick player, but I would imagine finger-stylists would find this an asset as well. The sound is exactly what I wanted: a clear bell-like high end and tight thick bass with a nice balance across the EQ spectrum. One other comment on the sound, this thing really projects, I can't recall playing anything with this much potential for sheer volume short of a Gibson Jumbo. I don't recall anyone mentioning the battery compartment (and photos don't show it), but it is integrated with the 1/4" jack beneath the strap post, and is very easy to open and replace the battery. The only thing I might consider an issue is the neck/body balance. It's nowhere near like playing an SG, but if you're used to LP and Strat, you might notice it. Just buy a wide strap and that will balance it out. I hear these are being discontinued and the window of opportunity is closing, my recommendation is get on board if you can. As always, Sweetwater is the best, thank you Brian VanDeKeer, you’re awesome!