I picked one of these up last week and I'm very pleased with it. I was looking for a rockabilly sound but didn't have the funds for a Gretsch or Gibson ES. I had to spend a couple hours setting it up to my liking but it plays like a dream. The tone is great, the tremolo works great, and the neck feels good. I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner. It does require some knowledge to get it set up right. As far as "bang for your buck" this is an excellent guitar. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good blues or rockabilly sound.