I swung by the local Sam Ash this afternoon to give another look at the Peerless guitars that had showed up earlier this week. With the weather being crappy, it was pretty quiet there and I put in about 1.5 hours A/B/C ing a few of the Retromatics through a little Supro and an AC15C1 and wound up walking out w/ this one: It sounds and feels great acoustically and I'm really liking the neck, it's similar to a Gretsch C but a bit chunkier. The fretwork seems great and the wire is fairly low & medium width which seems to work well for me. The quality of feel seems to be equal to my Korean Gretsches and Guilds and just a bit south of my recollection of the Duesenberg Caribou I had. I was happily surprised that it came w/ what seems to be a nicely cut and shaped unbleached bone nut. The body seems to be a good bit more involved in its sound than many other centerblock semis I've had and it seems like a highly enjoyable guitar to play unplugged w/ a nice volume level and tone. After my time w/ them today at the store and my subsequent spins through some of my own stuff at home, my opinion of the stock pickups is greatly improved, especially when it comes to the neck single coil. They seem to work pretty great for jazzy and bluesy sounds on the cleaner end of the spectrum and the bridge has a good bit of twang for thicker rockabilly or western-y type sounds. They both seem to have fairly moderate output that is nicely balanced and a pretty good dynamic feel to them. The bridge HB seems to have a bit of weird thing going on in the mids once traversing to crunch and beyond that isn't quite clicking for me so far, but I think it's more of a subjective thing than any fault of its own. All that being said, I couldn't resist adding a set of GFS Surf 90s to my P90 order for the burst slab Jet when I noticed that they were in stock. I've been wanting to give a set of them a try for a while but could never put my hands on a set when I was looking for them previously. I've never heard them in person but it seems like they'd stand a good chance of matching up w/ this guitar really well. I'll most likely change the tailpiece as well at some point: I've got a trapeze from my Epi ES-175 Premium that I might at least test fit first, but I'm thinking a B6 w/ a Towner bar or finally trying a Stetsbar as I've really missed a wiggly bit of some sort on it in my play time so far. It helps that they wound up throwing in a set of NYXL .010-.046s and upgrading the gig bag to a pretty nice matching hard shell case unprompted and it came in right at the threshold of the $50 off an item $499 or more promo they were running, but I'd say if one catches your eye it's totally worth giving it a spin. They all seemed like a heckuvalot of guitar for the money to me. Thanks for taking a look!