A great guitar for Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Metallica, etc. The guitar does have a nice clean tone despite many claims that the EMG 81/85 pickup combo has a bad clean sound. This guitar really shines when combined with a high gain pedal. I love to play this guitar, and I would recommend this to someone looking for a badass looking guitar that sounds amazing too. The simple controls do not get in the way, and are useful at the same time. The middle position on the switch is really nice for clean lead guitar. I primarily use the lowest position, because both pickups together sound great. Really nice for writing metal riffs. The guitar performs best with the mids scooped, at least for a metal sound.