I have 3 strats and a tele, and wanted a shorter scale guitar with humbuckers. I had a hard time deciding between a Les Paul type solidbody or an ES-335 type semi-hollow body. I couldn't afford a Gibson ES-335 or higher end Les Paul, so I was mainly looking at the Chinese and Korean versions. I also considered an SG. I'm not a big guy, so I also strongly considered an Epiphone ES-339. After a bunch of research I ended up getting a used Ibanez AS153. It's a beautiful instrument. The construction quality is great, and it looks and feels like it cost 3times as much as it did. It has a nice ebony fretboard, which I like, and the fretwork is amazing -- the fret ends are hemispherical. Check them out in the attached photo. The neck and frets are super comfortable and fast. When it arrived and I first played it I was a little disappointed at first. It played great, and the pickups sounded great, but the lower strings, and especially the low E string sounded kind of dead and rubbery. It had some old heavy flat-wound strings on it. I understand a lot of folks like the heavy flatwound strings on these guitars to get that warm jazzy tone, but these were either old and dead or just not my preference, so I decided to put on some D'Addario 11's I had, which is what I usually use on my strats. This totally solved the problem, and now I love the guitar. It is amazingly versatile tone-wise. You get the different neck and bridge p/u tones, or both together, or blend them together in varying amounts with the volume controls. And there's an extra 3-way switch for the neck p/u that does parallel humbucking, series humbucking, or single coil. I plugged it into my VibroChamp XD, which has a bunch of amp models built in, and they all sounded great with this guitar, from totally clean to dirty blues to heavy metal crunch. It still needs a bit of setup tweaking since I put the lighter strings on, like a bit of neck relief added, but overall I'm really happy with this guitar. So far I think it's a keeper.