I pulled a trigger on this one and currently we are getting to know each other. This was a blind purchase and I will try to be as objective as possible...still YMMW and all that jazz. Quality is ... just killer. Fretwork is fantastic. I plek my guitars and in this case there is absolutely no need. Whoever did the frets I can only say kudos. I am aware that relic and in this case extreme one is a divisive topic so I will leave it to your own opinion. Neck profile is a bit thinner, just a tad, than I usually chose. My ideal neck is the one on AO 60 Strat and this is just a bit smaller. However, jumbo frets and wider neck compensate for that and getting used to it took a minute or two. Guitar resonates like nothing I played before. Just crazy. Finally the pickups... Vintage 60 are killer. These have such sweetness and they are totally devoid of any shrillness we are all familar with. They do have punch though. Through Silver Jubilee or Two Rock it sounds amazing. Clean, dirty and all in between. I can strongly recommend Xotic to anyone looking for a S style outside of big F. I am lifelong Fender fan and will always be but this is quite an instrument.