I had one of these last year, it was ok. Got it from MF with a dodgy pickup for 290. Bought a new pickup for $60, sold it for 600 all up on ebay. Was a nice guitar, but it seemed a little lack lustre. Now I saw MF were selling 3 of these with free delivery, I scored this one for $439 unseen. Just picked it up from the depot after work. The grain and colour is much better. The pickups are way better than the older one. The overall finish is better. This one has the lacquer neck, older MIM's have satin finish. Plugged it in before to my little PF15, sounds great! Oh yeah MF also threw in a deluxe gig bag for me too, nawww. weight is 8 1/2 Ibs, so hefty but I sit when playing. Pic should have worked.