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Absolutely love this guitar! The satin feel makes the neck look slick without impacting playability the way gloss so often does as someone who suffers from insanely sweaty hands. The 81/60 combo is a great pickup set for heavy music in general, but my tone in particular is based around the sort of compression that active pups provide, so all stock everything works just fine for me. Middle and neck position with the tone rolled back still give a pretty reasonable facsimile of tele twang. I've totally fallen in love with the high-end shriek of alder in the context of low-tuned heavy music. I keep this guitar in Open C tuning generally and find it's very stable overall. It's definitely my main both live and in the studio for all these reasons.