i bought this within one minute of playing the guitar! The burstbucker stock pickups are great, the SL stands for "sans lacquer" which as this guitar has aged, there isn't any paint layer limiting its tone and vibration! So it gets great sustain, the neck isn't too thick, but then again not so thin either, and the guitar weight isn't so heavy either. I found a guy who makes pick guards that just screw in where the pickup ring screws are, and it looks great. These guitars are found for around $600-800 because they don't have all the binding and bells or whistles...just a solid piece of mahogany that rocks!