It is pretty simple. Play any well set up guitar without looking at the headstock. That is how you should be looking at this. I have 5 Fender guitars, and one G&L. That is only because I had my head stuck in the sand, or living under a rock for much too long. I bought the 1996 G&L S-500 from a pawn shop last summer. I put it in my hand and it just felt right. I did not even plug it in. I took it home, cleaned it up, then plugged it in. It is the only OMG guitar that I own. Every time I play it, it just impresses the hell out of me. The strings still need to be changed. They are old and corroded, but the G&L is a beast. The neck is a small percentage better in some respects and my 2 keeper USA strats. The voicing on the G&L makes it very, very versatile. I still pickup a certain 2010 Fender American Special 90% of the time for daily play, because that is the one sitting on the stand all day, everyday.