It was kind of weird how things shook out. The Classic Vibe 70's at GC used for 259 was gone when I called yesterday. I thought it was in Jail for used equipment but apparently that time had run out. There was a gal selling a used Mexican on FB for 500 and I was all set to go there today but it sold 2 days ago.... I had my eye on a couple of different options from local places. Both of my music go rounds were pretty much out of Jazzes. Well... one of them had a White with red tort pickguard but it said the neck was twisted. It was flat on one side and had a bow on the other. It played nice but I didn't want to mess with that. I liked the way it looked. One of them had a Contemporary with Active pups for a decent price and I consternated about if I wanted to try some active pups. It might not have been a bad idea. Another place had a Contemporary and a couple of Affinities.... And I was actually interested in the Contemporary. It has some good equipment on it. However, one place I had never been to had a used Mexican for 495. And a few others. So I jumped at the chance to get a Mexican. But, you know, this whole thing has reminded me of why I don't like buying stuff on line. I mean that one played nice but it was just.... I don't know. There was a lot of clacking noise from the action being kind of low. And actually the tech was there and raised it up some and I almost jumped on it. But it was still clacking more than I thought it should. And I actually opted for a Classic Vibe 70's black / black. To me it just played way better. It sounded good. (I brought my own amp) It's definitely a different sound than my P. And honestly, I think I'm going to like this more than my P. Although that might be the newness talking. But that smaller nut makes a difference. But there is a smoothness to this CV that I don't really feel even mine has. The action was a little high so they lowered it for me and it feels perfect. It's a bit lower than my Mexican but still sounds very smooth. I don't mind the shiny finish on the neck. So far I have not had an issue with that when playing any of the CV's. Now maybe I will if I'm sweating and playing but we'll see. I will be in a quandry about if I want to just make this my number one. It is very nice. I don't feel the tuning pegs feel any different than my Mexican. And I have a feeling there is something to the alnico pups that might be a good thing. It has a good sound. It's not as boomy as my Mexican P but I was hoping that would be the case. I can always turn up the bass on the EQ or whatever. And I like have the options of different tones. Although having said that I almost prefer a P about this aspect. Every once in a while I'm hitting the first volume knob and I don't really like that. But it hasn't happened often yet. So far I'm happy, we will see how it does over time. Like how good the neck stays, etc.... I appeciate all the help. Yeah, I probably missed out on the deal of the century with the 259 70's CV but at least this one is new and didn't feel like it had honey all over it like the used one. This place I went was super nice. They had tons of high end Fender stuff and PRS. One back wall was filled with Custom Shop guitars.... I forgot to take a picture.... Lots of big metal flake paint jobs...... lots 450 and some change with a fender gig bag and tax. It was actually priced at 399. Which is interesting cuz the other places I've seen these they were 429. It was made in 2020 in Indonesia. I have literally not seen any Chinese Classic Vibes as I was shopping for this.