The SR5 has its own special charm. It doesn't sound like anything else, but it cuts through a mix on stage like nothing else. I picked up my 1998 model, which is a 3-color vintage sunburst with rosewood fretboard, as a consignment, for about $900. It hadn't been touched by the original owner since purchase, and now new models cost almost double that. One of the best value purchases I ever made.