I am amazed by the quality of the latest Epiphone guitars that I have seen and handled of late. Well made, affordable and all round they are just oozing with quality. I have had no hesitation in buying or ordering a couple of them recently. If nothing else positive has happened from Gibson's recent leadership changes, then the fact that Epiphone guitars alone have seemingly risen from the ashes is great news. Shaking the shackles is paying off for them. Yes they are the older of the two companies, but plaudits are due to the brave souls at Epiphone for taking full advantage of the freedom of choice that they now seem to be having. There are now some more than inspiring guitars out there that bear the Epi name. Good job you folks!!