Here is my new AV58! the story... The beginning: 2011 Baja that I liked but didn't love. A little heavy, liked the neck but found the sound a little thin, lacking low end. I took it to the best guitar tech in the area and he got it to play well but it was still uninspiring. Put the neck on a MJT body with a set of Fred Stuart Blackguards and a 4 way switch. Played and sounded great. Eventually I found that I preferred a 7.25 radius and so started the search for something new, a Nocaster or so I thought. The search: I tried to play as many guitars as I could get my hands on for over a year. The Nocasters I liked were more than I wanted to spend (mainly because I wont buy another guitar without playing it first and all the local ones I've tried were 2700+). I played many AV52RIs, 52 Hot Rods, an orig 68, 73 and even an original 53 ( only unplugged, neck was well worn and wasn't as big as a new Nocaster). I even took home a Les Paul with a fat fifties style neck thinking that maybe a Tele isn't what I'm looking for. That lasted a week. The Guitar: Out of the box the set up was very good. Action, intonation, string spacing were great. Weighed it the next day, 6.57lbs. I had tried another AV58 about a month earlier and the high E string was sitting at the edge of the fret board. Bad enough that I pretty much dismissed the 58s as I've read others having the same problem. Sound: At home I was able to turn it up and was surprised how good it sounded. Both pickups, all three positions sounded great actually. At the store, my thought was that it might be too bright with the steel saddles. There was a lot noise there and it was hard to get a good feeling about the pickups plus I've got the Fred Stuarts I could always throw in there if I didn't like them. The stock pickups sound fantastic and will be staying, they're that good (not that the FS Blackguards suck, they're great pickups as well. Maybe a new neck for the MJT...*) Neck: Love it! I was able to try a Custom Shop tele with a fat, nocaster like neck along with the AV58. I have fairly large, strong hands and thought I could eventually get use to the nocaster neck but as soon as switched back to the AV58 my search was over. *I would like to try the new AV52 once one comes in locally, to see how it compares. Apology: I've been lurking without contributing for way too long. My excuse; senior dog care. As my Beagle started getting older I tried to spend as much time as I could with her everyday. I'm fortunate to have a flexible work schedule which allowed me to often work from home. For the last few years there were long hikes every day, lots of outdoor time and pretty much not having to leave her alone for more than a few hours a day. TDPRI was my outlet at the end of a long day after she would go to sleep. I would be too tired to compose a comprehendible response that anyone, myself include, would want to read. She passed in December a few months after she turned 15.