I have owned this guitar for 6 months and play every day for up to 2 hours a session. Its reliable, fun and looks pretty darn cool for a starter. It will only set you back around £600 max. The only real drawback is that the floating tremolo bar is a bit of a pain to re tune. For instance, going to E flat tuning, the guitar likes to fight against you and often goes straight out of tune. It might take three attempts of re tuning before it stays at the desired range. I can see now why spending a little bit extra on a solid body without a floating tremolo would be beneficial. I have also had the strings replaced 4 times as they don't hold out so well on the standard 9's. This might just be down to the strings, not the guitars build. Sounds great with 11s!