Just got this beauty. Love the color in person more than in the pics and I think I do feel/hear a difference between this fretboard and my maple ones. Played it just bit on both the Champster in the pic and my 5e3 clone and both sound awesome. Seems like these pickups give a bit more punch than the ones on my 50's Baja. The one negative thing was that I paid SW extra to do a set up with the strings moderately low. I think he heard moderately high. Oh well, big fun!