This guitar is absolutely gorgeous. It's also lightweight. It just feels right. Ron clearly makes an amazing guitar. The person who ordered wanted a 12 string and mentioned that this 8 string was a compromise. Just the D and G strings are doubled. If you play completely clean, you can hear it. With enough gain, the difference between this and a 6 string is more or less lost. It's easy enough to mod to a 6 string. Just take the banjo tuners out and you're left with holes and small grooves in the nut. It'd probably require a truss rod adjustment. The only negatives come from the seller describing it as mint. I think the condition is arguably very good by Reverb's definition. The frets have a lot of oxidization (nothing a fret polish form a good tech won't take care of) and oxidization seems to have affected the switch as well. It's getting an out of phase tone in the middle position occasionally and the bridge pickup rarely works. I have been able to get it work twice by jiggling it. Spraying DeOxit wasn't able to solve the problem so when covid-19 is no longer an issue I'll take it to a tech to get the frets polished and figure out whether it needs a new switch or not. Neither of these things should reflect negatively on Ron's skills. I'll get the guitar worked on and leave the seller a good review as I think in the long run I'll enjoy the guitar. It just makes the acquisition slightly bittersweet. It's going to be a while before I can get this thing sorted out and really enjoy the guitar properly.