I've always wanted an ES style guitar. I have never been able to bond with the ES-335 and I've tried many over the years. I once played an ES-336 which I liked a lot but was unwilling to spend that much. I have tried the Epi ES-339 several times and almost purchased one occasion but my snobbery got in the way even though the fit and finish seemed excellent. I've been cleaning out my old stuff and brought some pedals etc to GC for a trade. Walked out with this and a gig bag for a shade under $150. I am very pleased with it. I like the split coil feature for both neck and bridge pickup. This is a surprisingly nice guitar for $450 list. My only minor complaint is that the stop tail piece and the tune o matic bridge seem excessively cheap and plastic feeling. I have a number of custom shop instrument but I'm past spending large sums on guitars. This scratches my ES style itch. Sorry for the bad photo.