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This guitar feels soooooo good to play. It's got great tone from those humbuckers and very flexible electronics for coil tapping and out of phase, etc.
The aluminum case sucks twofold. It's an anchor that weighs a ton and there's no lid for the pocket, so what ever you stash in the case falls out if you open the case and it's not flat on the ground or a table. I'd much have preferred a traditional, lighter case with a stash pocket with a lid.
The robo tuners are an interesting idea. They worked great for a month or two, but now, they clearly aren't quite accurate enough. I don't play that often, so the strings shouldn't need changing, although web searches say changing the strings will help. I'm pretty sure I'm going to chuck the robo tuners eventually and install standard tuners if I can find some drop in replacements. The robo tuners have a high ratio, so if you tune manually, you have to turn it A LOT to get a pitch change. And one side is backwards.
But tuned up and ready to play, you don't care. Playing this guitar is such a wonderful experience. The feel of the neck, the excellent fret work, bends are like butter, that classic les paul tone. Wow. It's really hard not to love this guitar.
It gets 5 stars despite a stupid case and the dumb robo tuners because it's just that awesome of a guitar.