Following on from my last thread, with the sale of my Jagstang I went ahead and ordered the last maple necked standard I could find that wasn't purple or something. The equivalent of the smokey bacon flavour crisps left in the multi pack.... no offence purple guitar owners. Anyway, it's black, I wasn't sure I really wanted a black one but in the flesh it's nice. Especially that the guard is parchment. The pickups (twisted tele and broadcaster custom shop) are super nice. A bit higher output and brighter than my pinky (the benchmark) with its toneriders. I'll have to see how I get on with them. Having always had AVRIs or vintage spec guitars I always wanted a standard and as they were disappearing I thought I'd get one of the last. It doesn't disappoint in build quality. It definitely feels expensive and solid. Compared to pinky, who's neck is a 96 Mexican, no idea what radius it is and has thinner frets, it's definitely harder to bend the high E string. Any experts have ideas of what can cause this? They're both on 10's, I use 11's on strats so I'm no stranger to a tough bend. The culmination of different parts and saddles maybe. I'll stop talking now. Overall I'm happy. It's real nice, it's just not pink is all.