This is basically a Yamaha SA1000 (see my other review) from the mid 80s. the model was updated with a nice rosewood fingerboard, all maple plies, a proper ABR1 repro, hotter (harsher) A5 humbuckers, a hideous headstock decal, a thicker, shinier finish that is definitely polyester resin AND (shudder) a slimmer mid 60s neck profile. That's a deal breaker for me so I just sold this guitar on Reverb even though its pretty nicely made. it had one possible factory flaw where one of the fret tangs can be seen through the binding, however, the frets are in awfully new shape so I suspect my specimen was the victim of a amature refret. The problem with that 1 fret does not jive with the rest of the fit and finish of the guitar. Any rate, I could not bond with the slim neck and the pickups were just way inferior to my 70s SA1000. I think I'll replace it with a tobacco burst Greco SA700, 550 or a blonde Yamaha SA700. I still recommend this model of Yamaha to anyone looking for a good 335 alternative. The slim neck will suit many players and the guitar is built at least as well as a 90s epi elitist.