The plan was to look at and possibly buy an Epiphone; but this one played so nicely and sounded so good - what else could I do but bring it home with me? I'd been looking for a ES-335-type guitar for years and either couldn't (or wouldn't) pay the price for the instruments that felt right, or I the price was tolerable but the feel/sound was not to my liking. I know, I'm picky that way. The color of this one is not my first choice, but all the other boxes are checked - I'm more than OK with this kind of ugly. Cheers!