My wife picked one of these up for me a couple years ago, and I fell immediately in love with it. A few things surprised me, right off: 1) How freaking loud it is, on its own. Even unplugged, this guitar is just a touch quieter than an acoustic; just sitting around in the living room with a couple of friends, this guitar is resonant enough on its own to strum and sing to. It's my favorite guitar to write songs on: loud enough to get a feel for the sound of the song, but still plays like an electric. 2) How light it is. The guitar is constructed of Poplar, Pine, and Masonite. Yeah. A plastic guitar. This thing weighs next to nothing, and plays like air. Speaking of, I was shocked by... 3) How FAST it plays. I've only ever played my Dano, so I don't know if others are set up as well as mine is, but the action is crazy low from nut to bridge, and the neck runs smooth as butter anywhere your fingers fall. I string it light and bend like crazy. I won't say the sound is perfect for all styles, but if you want to rip into Rockabilly or Surf licks all day long, this is one of the best. 4) Yes, Lipstick Pickups DO sound that incredible. Individually, clean, the Lipstick Pickups that come stock in this guitar are okay. The neck position lacks a little clarity, the bridge is crisp but lacks balls. Middle position, both pickups selected? They're out of this world. Danelectro's pickup wiring is atypical: rather than running the pickups parallel (as almost all other multi-pickup guitars do), they're run in series. The result is the punchiest, pluckiest--Coolest? Grooviest?--tone I've ever heard. Fat, round, with plenty of low-end but plenty of clarity in the highs, and sustain for days. Sustain forever. Plywood and plastic, and notes that will not die. As a last note, and interesting quirk, played through a good tube head, I catch all sorts of ghost notes with this guitar, resonances and reverberations and little phantasms of feedback behind the notes I'm playing: it's weird and funky and one of my favorite things about this guitar.