I got a MIM James Burton Standard last Weds and finally got to play it a bit. Out of the box I noticed something weird. Both pickups are microphonic. Not squealing at loud volumes but through the amp you can hear the pickup selector click, volume and tone knobs turning, even my fingers when I pop them against the ashtray bridge. So I spent all Saturday going over the wiring and rewiring the solder joints(probably making them sloppier than before). Still microphonic. Are the Texas Specials just that way? While I'm on the subject the tone of this thing is pretty much unlike any Tele I've owned. I don't know if its the Texas Specials or the microphonic issues but the Tele is louder and more sensitive to my fingers and pickups up a lot of harmonic overtones. I'd say it sounds more like Roy Buchanan than James Burton. I use the super super-light James Burton string gauge and I have to say these pickups fatten that up a bit. The neck shape is fantastic. Nut depth is .950. My 52 Pure Vintage is .935. But at the 1st fret it goes down to .875. At the 12th fret we have a depth of about .950. The neck is what I'd describe as a full U with plenty of shoulders. More shoulders than the 1998-2012 AV'52RI. The 9.5 radius and vintage frets pair perfectly with the super light Burton strings. It's a very nice guitar. I'm kind of put off that it's just a MIM Standard body. Multiple pieces of wood. Atleast 4 on mine w/ a humbucker route and all the other non-traditional things that go with the MIM Standard body. I wish they'd put a MIM Classic series body on this. It's a boat anchor compared to my Pure Vintage models and comes in around 7.6lbs.