When I read your post I thought how I wasn't aware there was a black version of "Smoke". Even better than orange (to me). It took me a little work to find the black version though as it's not a "Smoke" model. I wondered why the difference of $500 in price between the two. From the spec sheet, as far as I can tell the Smoke has the Ray Butts pickups and the black one has BS signature--both have compound radius and nitro finish. Surely just different pickups can't amount to that much of a price difference?