or anyway my last until the next one... This one showed up this morning from DiPinto, extremely well packed and very nicely setup: Chris was very easy to deal w/ via Reverb and was able to dig up a scratch and dent of their really quite nice gator skin and goldendoodle fur hard cases for me for a reasonable upcharge from the gig bag it was selling w/. I swung by home this afternoon and gave it a half hour test spin through the amps and board du jour to see what we had. Similar to the Galaxie, the body shape seems super comfortable to me seated or standing; I'm guessing it's a completely manageable 8lbs. or so; and the balance is superb. The neck is a similarly shallow depth D profile (maybe just a tad thicker?) w/ biggish shoulders and a rosewood 12" radius board w/ a nice little bit of roll on the edge of the board/binding. The width is a bit narrower here but it seems very comfy to me so far. The fretwork seem faultless and they're wide and comfortably rounded w/ a height that approaches fretless wonder territory: It had a nice bit of resonance stock and I was immediately impressed when I plugged it in. The P1000 at the bridge has a very nice rude and raunchy "authentic" P90 sound to me and the neck pickup I've loved so much in the Galaxie so far might shine even brighter in here. They seem to work very well together in the middle position dialed a bit cleaner too. The quality of construction, assembly, and components seems similarly excellent to the Galaxie. The clear has a few spots that are rough to the touch but neither I or my luthier friend could mange to find any visible effect of it in the surface and so far I think it looks pretty great to me. I might try a little hand buffing at some point but it's really not detracting too much from my enjoyment of the guitar at this point so I'm not going to sweat it. It was seeming like a pretty great rock machine stock but I had plans for this one... I love a good hard tail, but having recently scavenged my Les Trem II off of one I'm selling and this being the perfect platform to try out a theory on how to make it work better for my larger hands, I had been planning on a full complement of hardware mods before I pulled the trigger on the guitar. After a few hours at the shop the surgery and recovery were complete and it's feeling pretty darn great: For the bridge I snagged the older ABM roller ToM off of my Manta Ray and locked it onto the 8mm to 4mm conversion studs I had recently grabbed from Faber. For the tailpiece, I dropped on the aforementioned Les Trem II: This bridge hasn't failed to make wood sing just a little bit more intensely in your hands on any of the 3 guitars I've tried it on so far. The Les Trem might have just found its forever home for me too. Same great action and range, but now w/ 100% more space for my hand on the bridge w/ the added bonus of some behind the saddle access and mojo While I was at it I put a new set of Hipshot 6GLO tuners on: I wound up needing to mod one of the mounting plates a bit due to the extended spacing of the high side tuners but after 5 minutes w/ grinding bit and some clean up with a hand file, everything mounted up great and this set continues the streak of providing probably the best tuning feel I think I've encountered. Hopefully I'll have a set of the large oval chrome buttons for them this weekend, but the stock ones work well as is. At this point in time I couldn't be happier w/ the DiPinto experiment and I genuinely think I've got enough new sounds and feels to keep me busy in the gear department and out of the other guitar stores for a bit Thanks for reading and taking a look!