I still use this from time to time, and live, I tend to use it for drop tunings and as a backup. It works fine, though running it through a solid state amp in the neck or middle position will make it sound very unorganic, so I advise that this be paired with a tube amp (kinda goes against my "entry level" point from earlier). But I digress. This was my first electric guitar, and it was a great one. I took this thing to battle of the bands at age 12, and still played it at gigs come age 15. The humbuckers can still make it useful for recording when you are primarily a single coil guitar user as I am, if you want to add a double over a section to thicken the tone.