I borrowed one in the 90s, and I recently played one in a shop.I can't stand how the neck goes up when I put my right arm on the guitar and when I take it away the neck drops, so you kind of have to push it with your right arm. There are other guitars which do this, but it seems extreme on the Specials. I don't have those problems with Standards or even the Epiphone LP-100, which have some sort of curved top. The ones I played were cheap Epiphones, although I kind of doubt there is much of a difference other than the weight, better finish and controls. The necks on them were quite good actually.