I love this instrument, but the inclusion of the EMG 85 is something I dislike. While the 81 is warm and fat, the 85 is thin and watery. Now, this may be what you look for, that 85 sound, but for metal and hard rock rhythm, which is what I've been using it for, not a huge fan of the 85. Still, absolutely stunning guitar (I got it in midnight blue) with its quilt maple top and mother-of-pearl inlays. The inclusion of a hard case, strap locks, and Grover tuners is just the icing on the cake. I do definitely recommend it!