Got it yesterday... Brand new. Sam Ash is blowing them out for ridiculously low dollars. Nice and understated. A lot of the features others get all hopped up about I really, really like. Some I'm coming to terms with and I think I have one or two small nitpicks. The wider neck is a big plus! Plus, they've rolled the binding edges to make a really nice, soft edge that feels really nice in my hand. The neck is a little thin front to back, but the width makes up for it and makes it something I can live with. Smaller frets are lovely to play on. I have an early 70's SG that has paper thin frets and I owned a '68 ES-340 with the same flat wide frets for 18 years. I know, and like, low frets and these are nice. The signature scrawl logo on the headstock? Sorry, but the minute I saw it I loved it Adjustable nut with zero fret... Yup, huge fan! Tele style single volume, single tone works really well. They are placed just a touch further away than a Tele's controls, but still well within pinky reach Stronger neck joint - Duh - Having never owned a DC Special before, the neck transition is fine... plus, it's way up the dusty end of the fretboard. I ain't used to being able to reach up there anyway! The two piece body is almost a center seam and it took me a few minutes to find it. They matched it up really well. It doesn't have any figure and is very understated. But, I kinda dig that on a 'budget' line guitar. It's also really, really light... Gonna be a great stage guitar, I think The G-Force Tuning system I am unsure about. It seems to work decently... But, I wonder how long it will take to get used to the big black hunk on the back of the headstock. It certainly seems light, and does not make the guitar a neck diver (like my SG!). I do not really like the tulip peghead buttons... the typical Gibson minty greenish hue and wrong for a Special. If I keep the G-Froce, I might have to figure out if I can change to ivory round buttons. I could do without the hologram sticker... Sorry Les. Not sure about the small, smooth knobs. They are a little hard to grab. I have a feeling when i am sweaty on stage, they might really be difficult. They look relatively vintage correct for a Special. PCB control board... Never a fan. Plus, I might go with CTS vintage taper volume pot... Lower tensions will make it easier to deal with the small, smooth knobs. I do kinda like the taper, though Alnico Slug P-90S and ST... The jury is out still. Not sure what Gibson was trying. They claim they are like some of the first P-90s that were used on ES-125s. But, they only put them on Melody Makers in '14 and Juniors and Specials in '15. Brighter P-90s? Might mean they are closer to my Gretsch Dearmond 2000's. That wouldn't be a bad thing. They definitely overdrive the amp hard for such low output pickups (not a bad thing at all) Right now, I still have the stock D'Addario strings, which I absolutely hate! Always have, they tend to be thin and plinky sounding to me. I'm trying to decide if I got straight for Thomastik Flatwounds. I will wager that when I find the right strings for this guitar, the pickups will wake up nicely. Fit and finish are excellent. Setup needs some tweaking, but new guitars always do for me... Plekking or no. The tailpiece is low on the bass side, causing a buzz. The nut is a little high, causing G# to be really sharp on a cowboy E chord. And I think there is an issue with the output jack (or my old guitar cord in the practice space, we'll see in a couple hours) Overall I love, this guitar.