This arrived on Monday. I wanted to try one out as it has intrigued me for some time, but there's nowhere local that stocks them so I bought online with the intention of sending back if I didn't like it. It's a USA G&L Espada which apparently is based on a Leo Fender design from the late '60s that only reached prototype stage until G&L decided to manufacture it a couple of years ago. It is my first G&L guitar and I am very impressed. It looks and feels like a top quality instrument and is very well made. Acoustically, it is a bright and twangy sound, which translates through to the plugged in sound. The pickups are like slightly hotter Strat with more mid. I love them! They can be switched from series to parallel too and combined with the passive bass and treble controls, and the switchable active pre amp circuit, make for a versatile and fun guitar. The sound really cuts through on most settings. It's like a Tele, but angrier! The neck shape is extremely comfortable and quite full. The guitar is just under 9lb, so a little heavier than I usually like, but it is well balanced. I didn't really want the Sonic Blue colour, but the natural body one which I preferred was over 25% more expensive. As colour is the bottom of my list of requirementsfor a guitar, it wasn't an issue and now I have it, I really like the colour. So, the verdict is that it is staying. I'm looking forward to gigging with it.