:grin: UPS dropped off my new Douglas guitar from Rondo Music early this afternoon. The official name of this guitar is the Douglas Gravity NT AS Vintage Nat Semi Hollow. The grand total including tax and shipping came to a whopping $188.09. Here's the link for all the specs listed by Rondo: http://www.rondomusic.com/ntaslhvtn.html It was double boxed and well packed from head to toe. It came with a guitar cord and a couple allen wrenches for the truss rod and saddle screws. As I uncovered it, it appeared to me that the grain on this burl top looked more like the design on the Gravity WFS TA model, and just a couple shades lighter. That's fine with me. The cream binding and maple neck look like a good match. Everything is nice and tight, the neck fits tightly in the pocket, the frets are smooth on the sides, seem level, intonation was good according to my tuner, and the volume and tone knobs feel snug and turn smoothly. Before I came across this Douglas, I was about to pull the trigger on the SX thin line, either the sunburst or natural finish. They looked pretty slick and I already have an SX - P bass that I've really enjoyed playing over the last year, and then I scrolled down and saw the Douglas. It was $20 more but the black pick guard against the natural finish sold me. I've noticed that the Douglas's haven't gotten the same publicity as the SX's, but the testimony I've read from Douglas owners has been pretty convincing, so I felt confident to try this out. The return policy at Rondo takes the pressure off in case you don't care for the choice you made after you receive it. I haven't had much time to spend with my new guitar today, and fortunately it was set up to my liking right out of the box. I tuned it up and it was ready to be played. No need to do a truss rod adjustment as the action was low already and no buzzing frets anywhere that I could detect from playing chords and scales. I plugged the Doug into my Peavey Delta Blues and the was no buzz or hum. The pickups sound good, the bridge pickup has the traditional tele tone with bite, the neck pick up gave me a tone that's full, punchy and glassy at the same time, which is one of my favorite telecaster tones on neck pick ups. I rolled the volume back and the notes remained crisp. The tone control gives a smooth transition from bass to treble and gets a nice wah wah effects when turning back and forth. I added a little tremolo from the Delta Blues and this gave me the "swamp" tone that I love telecasters for. The tuners might be the weak link, but it's too early for me to tell. They're about the same quality I saw on a few Squiers over the weekend, so if I was still giging or going in the studio, that would be an upgrade I'd want to do first. I'm going to change the strings tomorrow to a brand I'm more familiar and then I'll decide the future for these tuners. What I like about this guitar is that there are no modifications I feel like that I have to make. In time, I can replace the bridge, the nut, little things like the screws, the pots, wiring......but I can take my time to do it and there is no need to rush. It sounds fine the way it is, and doing these upgrades is no different than what I've done in basses and guitars overtime that cost much more than what I paid for this, and I'm not even convinced these upgrades any more necessary with this guitar. Here's a few pics for starters, and if anyone wants more info, I'll share with you what I can. The thin clear plastic covering is still on the pick guard.