The playing and the tone are great. Before I read the comments I thought it sounded slightly hazy, then when I read the comments I thought that makes sense if the NFB is non operational, similar to a 5E3. on a second listen I thought it has a nice smokey flavor. even though it has the smokey or hazy character it has plenty of high end and harmonics Your later comment says it is too bright. It probably sounds brighter in real life than on the recording. what happens when you turn the tone control down?