I'm happy that mine arrived at 7 lbs even. The grain has a little of an Eye of Jupiter thing going on that I like. Arrived with the action slightly higher than I'd prefer but I'll adjust that this weekend. Only had a few minutes to plug it in but it sounds great - no ice pick in mine at all - big, full sound from the pickups. The neck is not quite as big as I expected but it's a nice size and I like the rolled edges. I laughed at the included "electronics kit" to convert the controls to the blend circuit. I had imagined a prewired kit to drop in like Emerson or RS Guitarworks, but it's just a resistor in an envelope and a wiring diagram. I'll probably keep it as-is anyway. This is the first new Tele-style guitar I've purchased since I don't know when - everything else I have in the T vein is a partscaster - but I'm very pleased with this.