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Randy Rhoads was the guitarist I first heard that inspired me to play guitar. 30+ years later, I finally got my own. When I started looking it was obvious I needed to get the Pro Series for the features I wanted like neck through construction and an ebony fret board. These are outsourced to Samick and made in their Indonesian factory. I imagine its slightly less perfectly crafted than a custom shop USA model but I've had it almost 2 years and and have not had any issues. The price of these are not that bad for what you get.