My new "Pauls Guitar" arrived fairly promptly and in perfect condition from Sweetwater. It was shipped in an outer carton, an inner box, and finally the absolutely coolest paisley guitar case I have ever seen.
At first, I was somewhat disappointed in its tone, as I could not get the tones I heard in numerous YouTube videos right off. But after a bit of tweaking my amp settings (an Egnater Tweaker 40), I dialed in some sounds that were simply STUNNING! The modified 408 pickups, which are coil-tappable humbuckers, do not produce a "Les Paul sound" nor do they produce a particularly "Fender sound" in the coil tap mode either. The tone is a very focused sound with a pointed attack, and it settles into a chimey, rounded, and smooth sound. It really is its own thing, unique in its own right. Maybe it's sort of a blend of Gretch/Gibson/Fender, and I think I actually like the subtlety of the coil-tapped positions best. If your amp is fairly "tweakable" you can coax some cool Tele-type tone out of it quite suitable for chickin'-pickin', and roll off the tone control some for a Santana-esque vibe in full humbucker. I think this guitar will find a home in jazz as easily as it does in rock, country, and maybe even metal.
I chose the "Black Gold" Figured Maple finish, and it takes my breath away to look at it. It reminds me of motor oil and molasses poured over the most beautiful maple top I've ever seen. The clear coat is perfect, and my guitar came in at 8 lb- 2 oz. The neck is slightly full and fits even my small hands quite comfortably. I think it would have been a little better design to utilize an adjustable bridge, but the fixed stop bridge on mine seems to be engineered very satisfactorily.
My Sweetwater Sales Rep was very cooperative and we had a very peaceful "negotiation" session before arriving at a final price.
Overall, this guitar is a keeper for sure, and it is truly stunning to play and admire. Did I mention it comes with the coolest Paisley case ever?