Some of the details of this NGD guitar story popped up in another thread where I was debating which of two guitars I should consider, and I had asked for some opinion. Yesterday I went back to the shop that had both, and the decision was very easy. I was looking at a 2013 Strat Deluxe with a V neck, and the Custom Shop Deluxe. There are a couple of similarities between them, namely the 2 point tremelo and the locking tuners (though the CS version has staggered tuners which did away with the string tree that is found on the regular Deluxe). However the saddles on the CS are the same as those found on the Jeff Beck model, made from solid, polished, stainless steel, which are not the same as those found on the regular Deluxe. The CS also has abalone fret markers, like the regular Dexluxe, and the cut away on the heal for greater ease of access up the neck. The similarities pretty well end there. The body is two piece ash with astounding grain, the neck is AA birds eye maple with a deep C profile, and the fret board is also AA birds eye. The PUs are "master built" in the CS, and they are totally night and day to the SNC or the N3s. Best of all, they are very quiet, in all 5 positions. I'm a happy camper!! The pics are not that grerat as the weather is very overcast and snowy, and the light is not that great in the house.