Hi all, fairly new around here. 47 years old, playing for over 30 of those, and this is by far the nicest instrument I’ve owned. I’ve had Fenders, Gibsons, some I can’t even remember, and even a Bentley Series 10 years ago.... this is a special guitar. Currently, I have a SG, an American Strat, and this newly purchased beautiful American Professional. I was mostly a Gibson guy, but bought an American Standard a few years back. I fell in love with the clarity of the strat more than anything, but the strat always seemed too thin. I bought this guitar from Sweetwater after a lot of research looking for the middle ground between SG and American Standard SSS. Always liked how easy the SG was to play, but never liked the muddy tone. I liked the American Standard clarity but didn’t like the thin neck... I’ve spent about 15 minutes with this new guitar tonight, so take this for what it’s worth, but I was completely blown away by this guitar. I’ll try to follow up in a week or two after I’ve spent more time with it. 1. This is a beautiful guitar, I was honestly blown away when I opened the case. The photos don’t do it justice, has a nice vintage look and very well finished. 2. Has a very quality feel to it, seems like a totally different guitar than my American Standard. It reeks of quality for sure. 3. The neck... for just screwing around a few minutes, it’s very a very different feel to me than the Standard. I played around with some of the more difficult solos I’ve been working on, I found that I tripped up initially on a couple things I normally play well, but also played better on a couple things I struggled with on my other guitars. My initial thoughts are that this neck is very good. I’ll adjust to the neck and tall thin frets. My other strat gave me fits on long stretch fingering for some solos, etc. This guitar for whatever reason makes the stretches easier for me. Especially long stretches on the first 5 to 7 frets. I tripped up on the frets further up the neck, hopefully just need to get used to it. Access to the highest frets was way easier for me on this guitar, just got to get used to the tall frets I think. 4. Sound - I plugged it into a Fender HotRod Deville at medium volume. Started out on the Shawbuker, first OD channel and was actually startled on how loud and bold it was. I actually thought I had the more drive setting selected. This Shawbucker is a hot pickup. Even compared to my SG. I like it a lot, very clear. I do think I’ll drop it down in height a little though. The VMOD neck and middle are a little hot for my taste. I need to play more. Dirty, they’re killer, clean, I maybe like my American Standard Fat 50’s more... we’ll see. I have my amp set up for the lighter single coil strat so, I plan to play around a bit more tomorrow and see what kinda tones I can get. 5. Overall, no regrets. The guitar is by far nicer than anything I’ve ever owned. Without a doubt I wanted a hotter strat, and now I have that. My original plan was to sell the Standard to pay for this one.... well I think I’m gonna keep em both. I don’t think I can give up the Fat 50’s sound or the new hotter strat sound... I think I will keep both guitars and have the best of both worlds. I’ll have to figure out how to explain this reasoning to my wife. In summary, I love the sound of the new strat, but it’s bold, and that’s fine with me, but it’s not sweet sounding like the Standard. The playability (small sample size) is so far beyond my SG and American standard that there’s no way I could send this thing back. It’s a keeper for sure. Just wanted to share my initial thoughts. For some reason Tapatalk isn’t letting me attach photos. I’ll try to figure that out tomorrow and put some pics up.