I ordered this almost a year and a half ago, and it finally arrived. I have the maple version also, but this one is at least a pound lighter, and I prefer the maple fingerboard. I was playing it for hours yesterday, and decided this one is my favorite. Here's my Rickenbacker family: It's probably time to sell of few of these - I no longer play either of the 4 strings, so I'm thinking of trading in one of them for a new acoustic guitar. We'll see.