Ok , I just got THIS It's a recent Alvarez ES-335 copy. http://alvarezguitars.com/guitar/aat33wnt/ I've wanted a nice 335 for a long time. I had a guitar teacher with a 70's walnut 335 with the "Gibson" embossed pups, and I remember it sounding good, and I dug the look and how it played. Of course a REAL one is way out of my price range, and the Aria/Lyle/Epi Franken-335 I have isn't quite the same... Anyway I had a PRS I got in trade a while ago, it was nice (and looked great) but I just didn't play it often. I seemed to pas it up for other stuff 98% of the time, so I'd been looking for something else to replace it with. My work hours changed again, so I have time before work to check out guitar stores again. This guitar caught my eye right away- its walnut, the neck is nice and big (my Aria feels like a pencil in comparison) and the finish is nice and glossy without the "dipped in plastic" feel a lot of others in my price range. I'd tried Peavey JF-1's, Epi Dots, a Stagg, and a couple Ibanez'es. None of those really "spoke to me", but the Alvarez just felt GREAT as soon as I picked it up. Fat neck, nice finish, real close copy shape, it's all good. This has "Duncan Designed" pups so it sounds fine as it is-the neck pup isn't "muddy" at all, and the bridge sounds good. Of course I want to mod it, because it's a sickness! But there really isn't a NEED, everything on here is good as is. I didn't know these were out there, I hadn't heard of them or seen one before running into this one. A good friend has an Alvarez "Hummingbird" copy that I've been trying to buy off him for a couple decades (and he says is going in his coffin when he passes, its THAT good) and pretty much all the other Alvarez'es I've handled have felt top-notch, so I wasn't worried about this one.