I was skeptical of not having fret markers on the front of the board but this guitar has actually helped me to improve. The wood is wonderful. The fret work is exceptional. This guitar has everything you could want with the exception of coil tapping. The kill switch is the only thing I don't care for but someone else might like it so I'm not going to knock it. The EMG 81/60 combo is great for all forms of rock/metal in my opinion. It is just overall a great guitar so what more could you ask for!?!